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Ransomware attack hits prominent Philly consulting firm

If your company or business recently suffered a cyberattack, you’re not alone. It’s on the rise, per national analysts — and no longer limited to large outfits. Econsult Solutions, a firm whose clients include the City of Philadelphia, Pew Charitable Trusts, PennDOT and other regional institutions, suffered a ransomware attack earlier this month.

It was a pretty bad one, Jordan Levy reports, exposing employees’ personal and financial information. An investigation is underway.

A rack of computer servers. (Mark Henninger/Imagic Digital)

What happened at Bankroll? How the luxury sports bar collapsed

It took two years and a $25 million renovation to bring Bankroll to the former Boyd Theater. But after just three months open, the venue touted as Philly’s first high-end spot for sports betting announced it was scaling back to private events only. 

The first sign of trouble, staffers told Ali Mohsen, was when Stephen Starr pulled out over “differences in philosophy.” What differences? The menu Starr designed reportedly included nachos — which the CEO apparently didn’t want. “We’re too good for nachos,” the former chef recalled her saying.

Bankroll at 1910 Chestnut St. in Philadelphia. (Ali Mohsen/Billy Penn)

RECAP: What else happened?

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• The Moms for Liberty conference in Philly has provoked a storm of protests. Meir Rinde talked to the leader of the local M4L chapter, and has a recap of denunciations by elected officials. [Billy Penn]

• A mother-daughter author duo from the Philadelphia region share their experience with having a book banned — calling it the real-world effect of M4L policy. [Billy Penn]

• Few new details are included in the NTSB’s preliminary report on the I-95 collapse, but it officially confirms everything reported and stated so far. [NTSB/6ABC/BP]

• Carpenters’ Hall reopens on Monday after renovations and recovering from a basement fire. Repairs cost north of $1 million, partly paid for by an insurance policy signed three years before America declared independence. [Inquirer$]

• VICE recently called Center City Pretzel purveyors of Philly’s best, but the family-owned biz has had a rough time lately, and isn’t currently open. Second-gen owner Erika Tonelli-Bonnett hopes to relaunch next month. [YouTube/BP 2020/PhillyVoice]

• If you’re into tech, mark down July 13: it has a ton of events and happenings. There’s a Philly Fixers Guild repair fair, a soldering workshop, a data viz meetup and more. [Mastodon via Philly Tech Calendar]

• Philly gay history on display: An exhibition called “And Into The Streets,” featuring photos from Philly gay newspaper “Au Courant” (1982-2000), is up in Louis Kahn Park through August. [WHYY]


No public appearances scheduled today for Mayor Kenney, who yesterday issued a statement calling Moms for Liberty’s policies “harmful to youth” and said he is “especially troubled when these policies target classrooms, libraries, and any space where children deserve to feel safe, seen, and supported at all times.”


🏆 See whether your favorite vegan spot triumphs at the 2023 Philly Vegan Awards and food tasting, which will select winners in 13 categories, including Best New Restaurant, Best Vegan Cheesesteak, and Best Vegan Breakfast. Tickets are $15-30. (7 p.m. Friday, June 30)

🎶 Actress and former Miss America Vanessa Williams sings at a free concert on Independence Mall. (6 p.m. Monday, July 3)