Portsmouth is facing online attacks. One idea to fight back: tightening public-records laws.


City officials say they’re being attacked regularly by internet fraudsters, and to guard their workplace, they want to make it harder for potential offenders to access public information.

But government watchdogs, alarmed by Portsmouth’s efforts, say doing so would only make it harder for Virginians to hold public agencies accountable.

On Tuesday night, the city’s chief information officer issued an alert saying someone pretending to be Economic Development Director Robert D. Moore was sending people a link and asking them to review a document. (Read more here…)