US House of Representatives blocks lawmakers’ access to Google and Yahoo apps

The US House of Representatives’ information technology team has blocked lawmakers from accessing Google applications hosted on cloud services. The House fears that these apps will be targeted by hacking campaigns and ransomware attacks, which involve accessing a computer or network’s files and encrypting them until a ransom is paid by the victim. Yahoo Mail has been blocked for similar reasons. Update (18 May): the block on Google-hosted applications was lifted after Google removed suspicious apps from a cloud service.