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Overseas-based ransomware gangs have zeroed in on Jamaica, relentlessly launching cyberattacks on various establishments within the nation.

Gang dynamics in the digital world

Lieutenant Colonel Godphey Sterling, leader of the Jamaica Cyber Incident Response Team (JaCIRT), reveals to the Jamaica Information Service (JIS)  that these digital offenders have a structured hierarchy similar to traditional, physical gangs. 

He noted that they operate with a robust leadership framework and distinct segmentation. 

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Identifying the culprits

He shared that to date, investigators have managed to pinpoint more than 10 active ransomware gangs, shedding light on the breadth and scale of the cyber threat.

Education sector at the forefront of cyber threats

Sterling emphasizes the acute vulnerability of the education sector. 

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Given the vast amount of data educational entities handle, they have become a prime target for these cybercriminals. 

Lieutenant Colonel strongly advises educational facilities to enhance their cybersecurity measures.

A national call to action: Reporting cyberattacks

In light of these threats, authorities are encouraging victims of ransomware and other social engineering tactics to report these incidents promptly. 

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Reports can be directed to JaCIRT, the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) headquarters, or the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

Cybersecurity awareness month

October marks National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, serving as a timely reminder of the importance of cyber vigilance. 

This year’s theme, ‘Responding Today, Securing our Future’, aptly encapsulates the pressing need for proactive measures against digital adversaries.


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