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ImageQuest’s Jay Mallory shares true stories in “Tales from the Malware Front”

What do an employee working from home, a financial services advisor, an attorney, and a mortgage company CEO have in common? Two things – one each experienced a hacking attempt, and each were a topic in today’s “Tales from the Malware Front.” Sponsored by Citizens Union Bank, the event provided attendees guidance on how to …

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Ransomware is hitting small U.S. communities. How to fight back

This summer has shown that criminals are targeting small governments – cities and school districts – with ransomware. Attacks are costing governments, their insurance carriers, and their taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. But city hall and school boards can fight back. City-Journal.org lists several ways communities can battle the flood of malware aimed at …

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Avoid ransomware shutdown with a good data backup process

Ransomware is back in the news, with multiple attacks on cities, schools and smaller municipalities. But while you’re hearing about publicly funded entities being shut down, private firms and organizations also getting hit. You may not hear about them, but we do. Private businesses generally aren’t keen to publicly talk about a data breach or …

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Four Louisiana school districts hit with cyber attacks

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency last week after three school districts’ IT systems were locked up by ransomware. A fourth district reported experiencing unspecified “activity” this week and shut down its phone lines and email, the Advocate of Baton Rouge reported. IT systems were completely locked up by ransomware last …

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Mayors Conference resolves to stop paying ransoms to hackers

  In an effort to “de-incentivize” hackers attacking municipalities with an increasing amount of ransomware the U.S. Conference Mayors issued a resolution to stop paying ransoms. At least 170 county, city, or state government systems have experienced a ransomware attack since 2013, and that 22 of them had occurred so far this year, the mayors’ …

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