I refreshed the screen, and I saw it: zero balance. I refreshed my crypto wallet again. Gone.
Despite being immersed in the tech world for nearly two decades, I fell victim to a sophisticated cyberattack. It can happen to any of us.
In today’s interconnected world, cybersecurity is no longer a luxury. It’s a necessity. The growing reliance on digital technology has transformed how we live, work and play. However, it is not without its risks.
Cybercriminals continue to find new ways to exploit vulnerabilities and threaten the security of individuals and businesses across the state.
According to the FBI’s 2022 Internet Crime Report, thousands of South Carolinians were victims of cybercrime, with aggregate losses of more than $100 million in 2022 alone. This more than doubled 2021’s losses of nearly $43 million.
In 2012, hackers attacked South Carolina’s Department of Revenue and stole nearly 3.8 million tax records.
After the breach, our state made immediate efforts to improve cybersecurity standards. However, South Carolina’s Information Security Program Master Policy and Handbook have not been updated since 2014.
More can and should be done.
We could start by developing a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy, broadening public-private partnerships and perhaps even establishing a dedicated cybersecurity agency.
By working together, we can allocate the necessary resources and implement robust defense mechanisms to ensure a safer digital future for all individuals and businesses in South Carolina.
As for the lost crypto, it was an expensive but valuable lesson that we can all take to heart.
Hope for museum
I want to offer a note of praise and thanks to Post and Courier reporters Rickey Ciapha Dennis Jr. and Briah Lumpkins for the balanced and insightful coverage of the International African American Museum opening.
The article discussed some of the serious public issues our Concerned Citizens Want Excellence group has raised over the past 20 years about the museum’s conception, planning, governance and construction.
Its mission, goals and objectives remain unclear and inadequately stated.
I hope reporters will continue to examine the museum in future in-depth articles that would help to make it a better museum and educational institution, rather than a political bamboozle and commercial tourist attraction that seems to exploit and downplay the vital African American history and culture that can help to heal and uplift us, locally and in wider communities.
Park Circle changes
As a first-time visitor to North Charleston four years ago, I was taken by the charm and natural beauty of the Park Circle area.
But after a second visit this year, I am most disappointed to see that construction seems to be eating up almost all the verdant park area inside the circle.
It’s your city, not mine, and I’m sure some things are being built that citizens will enjoy.
But my impression as a visitor is that something most valuable has been lost.
As a former English teacher and American patriot, I find the growing influence of extremist groups horrifying.
According to many of these groups, anyone who is different from themselves — homosexuals, immigrants or liberals — should be silenced and shunned.
Here is a case in point: School boards have been bullied into banning books that, prior to the latest mania, were considered acceptable for students to read.
It is essential that all students, regardless of gender or race, have the chance to see themselves reflected in what they read.
If the purpose of education is to help shape students into law-abiding, tolerant citizens, this trend must be stopped.
Otherwise, we run the risk of raising a nation of bigots.
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