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As the world continues to battle with the deadly coronavirus pandemic, immoral cybercriminals are once again on the prowl. This time, they are using the chaos and fear through phishing techniques and sophisticated malware hacks to access people’s crypto holdings. On March 27, residents in the United Kingdom received warnings from their local councils “to...
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The FBI anticipates cyber actors will exploit increased use of virtual environments by government agencies, the private sector, private organizations, and individuals as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Computer systems and virtual environments provide essential communication services for telework and education, in addition to conducting regular business. The criminal, or cyber...
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Photo by Wally Gobetz, via Flickr Baltimore’s revenue is expected to decline $68.7 million in the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, and the city is forecasting revenue will decline by $103 million in the next fiscal year due to the coronavirus’ crippling effect on the local economy. Officials anticipate a budget deficit of...
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Cybercriminals have begun to actively exploit this crisis, with millions of employees now working remotely. Share this article Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Print Article The coronavirus crisis is shuttering schools, businesses and entire communities in an effort to slow the spread of the pandemic. Cybercriminals have begun to actively exploit this crisis, with millions of...
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Written by StateScoop Staff Mar 31, 2020 | STATESCOOP Upgrading the nation’s 911 networks is essential to modernizing how first responders assist America’s communities in today’s wireless- and IP-driven world. State and local government leaders are already making important investment decisions about how to modernize their underlying network infrastructure and bridge the vast patchwork of...
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In the past four years, there have been more than 700 million cybersecurity-related incidents that have disrupted school operations, according to the K–12 Cyber Incident Map. That number will continue to grow as school districts become increasingly data-rich, yet still fall victim to ransomware attacks and hacking campaigns. In this recorded webinar, CDW Principal Field Solution Architect Mikela...
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Cyber experts line up to defend medical community, critical infrastructure By Susan Miller Mar 30, 2020 More than 800 cybersecurity experts have banded together to fight coronavirus-inspired attacks. Called the COVID-19 CTI (cyber threat intelligence) League, the community includes incident responders and industry experts from more than 40 countries. It is being managed by...
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One lesson to be learned during the COVID-19 pandemic is that during a time of fear, confusion and uncertainty, cybercriminals show no mercy. At a time when workers and their employers should be more worried about the health of their families and the world’s ability to overcome a virus, the number of phishing campaigns is...
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Governments around the world are continuing their efforts in establishing digital channels to provide online services to the public. They are increasingly using email, websites, and mobile apps to provide online services. Denmark, for example, is among the global leaders in e-government and has made using digital tools mandatory for communication between its citizens and...
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico school districts, universities, and government agencies have collectively spent millions of dollars to regain control of their computer systems after employees unknowingly opened emails containing an encrypted code that effectively shut them out of their systems. The ransomware attacks occurred between January 2018 and February 2020, and have put school...
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The most recent attack victimized the Gadsden Independent School District in February. Computer servers, internet, phones, and email service across all 24 schools were locked out, said district spokesman Luis Villalobos. Technicians are now “scrubbing and reloading about 8,000 individual devices throughout the system — they have to start from scratch and reboot the entire...
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Is self-preservation, rather than altruism, behind promises of no more cyber-attacks during COVID-19 … [+] crisis? Getty As leading cybercrime gangs promise not to attack healthcare organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic, can we take them at their word? The coronavirus pandemic continues to bring out the best in so many people as individuals, communities and...
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NEW YORK—Cyber scammers are finding new targets as more employees and students are made to work from home. Cybersecurity expert, Laura Jehl explains that working outside of your company or school’s secured network poses safety risks as most most companies and schools aren’t set up for remote working. She warns people to stay cautious about...
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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — As COVID-19 continues to sweep across the nation, local governments are facing an additional obstacle: cyber attacks. “We know that malicious emails, phishing attempts and ransomware attacks are up 40 percent,” Buncombe County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Fletcher Tove said. At a media briefing Friday, Tove warned health care and...
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The COVID-19 virus has taken over the word. Many countries, including the United States, have implemented preventative measures. Across the nation, working people are requested to work from home whenever possible. This means that lawyers and legal staff are now working remotely. However, not all home computers or even work laptops are up-to-date on cybersecurity...
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Finastra, a leading financial technology provider from the UK, announced that it had to take several servers offline following a ransomware attack detected earlier today. The fintech company provides financial software and services to more than 9,000 customers of all sizes from 130 countries across the globe, including 90 of the top 100 banks globally. Finastra also...
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Contributors David Emm, Principal security researcher, Kaspersky Roger Snelling, Senior network consultant, Axians; former head of networks, University of Exeter Subhalakshmi Ganapathy, Product evangelist, ManageEngine Mark Bentley, Safeguarding and cybersecurity manager, London Grid for Learning (LGfL) Darryl Morton, Director of operations and security, One Team Logic Q. Can you outline some simple, practical and affordable...
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With the presidential election months away and ransomware costing state and local governments millions, more than 365 bills dealing with cybersecurity have been heard in 2020 legislative sessions in 35 state capitols, according to the National Council of State Legislatures (NCSL). State lawmakers have submitted bills requiring government agencies to implement cybersecurity training, policies and...
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So-called ‘malware-free attacks’—cyberattacks that do not rely on downloadable files or software—now account for 51% of all cyberattacks according to CrowdStrike’s latest threat report. The data, collected in 2019, is up 11% in comparison to the previous year, when only 40% of cyberattacks were carried out in this way. The trend marks a shift in...
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Imagine you’re a small-business owner and your shop’s computer system falls victim to a cyberattack. Your email, financial records, contracts and a customer database get encrypted by a hacker who’ll unlock your files for a few thousand dollars. You hate the thought of paying, but without the information you can’t run your business. You pay...
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