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As the partisan divide in Washington widens during this 116th Congress, the prospects of enacting any meaningful legislation that bolsters the nation’s cybersecurity seem, at first blush, dim. Of the nearly 300 pieces of legislation that touch on some aspect of cybersecurity, or more urgently, election security, introduced since the current Congress began last year,...
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According to a local news report, the Richard Community school in Michigan was hacked over the winter holidays, and the hacker encrypted the school’s sever using ransomware attack. The hackers have demanded $10,000 in bitcoin to restore the server. The School’s IT department revealed that the hack had occurred on December 27.   School refuses...
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New research reveals alarming Windows 10 ‘Clop’ app-killing threat Getty The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a high-impact threat warning to U.S. businesses and organizations on October 2, 2019. That threat was ransomware, and the FBI warned that cybercriminals “upgrade and change their techniques to make their attacks more effective and to prevent detection.”...
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2020 is here. As a youngster, I thought by now we would be traveling in space a wee bit more, it’s kind of hard to believe the space race seemed to have been in silent mode for so many years. Anyway, it appears to be back on track but what do we have now that...
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Congressman Roesays time to retire JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — Tennessee Republican U.S. Rep. Phil Roe announced Friday that he will retire at the end of the 116th Congress. The 74-year-old called representing east Tennesseans in Congress for the past 11 years “the honor of my life” and said he always intended to serve five or...
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At least 72 U.S. school districts have suffered ransomware attacks in 2019, according to research from cloud security & compliance solutions company Armor. by Dan Kobialka • Jan 3, 2020 At least 72 U.S. school districts and/or educational institutions have suffered ransomware attacks in 2019, according to research from cloud security and compliance solutions company...
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — About three weeks after a cyberattack on New Orleans city computers forced a shutdown, an official says some systems are ready to go back online. Public safety tools including the court system are scheduled to be up and running on Monday, city chief information officer Kim Walker LaGrue told news outlets...
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A Michigan school district is the latest entity to fall prey to “ransomware,” with hackers seizing control of its computer system and demanding $10,000 in bitcoin to release it. District officials at Richmond Community Schools said their servers were attacked by ransomware during the holiday break and that the virus affected telephones, copiers and classroom technology. The...
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Mackenzie Garrity – Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 Print  | Email Numerous privacy incidents at hospitals, IT suppliers and other healthcare organizations captured public attention last month. While some security incidents only affected less than 1,000 patients, others were said to have affected more than 114,000. Here are 17 healthcare privacy incidents reported by Becker’s Hospital...
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By Chris Roberts, Chief Security Strategist, Attivo Networks Around October or November, we throw the collective fortune darts at the nearest board, wall, or screen to work out how the following year’s going to be in our electronic world. We’re the digital equivalent of the Farmers’ Almanac. Yet, how often have we really taken a...
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Law360 (January 1, 2020, 12:04 PM EST) — The expectations for companies handling personal information will continue to evolve as a new decade begins, while mounting ransomware threats, the use of facial recognition technology and the growth of insurance disputes over emerging privacy issues also will attract significant attention.  Here are five predictions attorneys expect...
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Technology December 31, 2019 Freight matching marketplace restores “most major services” after 11 days. By Ben Ames The malware software virus that hamstrung freight matching marketplace truckstop.com over the holiday peak season was a ransomware attack, but “most major services” are now back up and the disruption did not compromise any customers’ personal data, the...
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