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Law enforcement warns of increase in cyber-crimes

Apr 13, 2020 2:45 pm
MidHudsonNews [dot] com is reporting business owners and individuals working from home are being warned that cyber-crime has been on the increase since the isolation imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of law enforcement and experts recently participated in a Dutchess County Chamber of Commerce webinar, discussing cybersecurity threats and what measures to take to be safe while working from home. Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge of the FBI’s New York office Cyber Branch, Richard Jacobs, said they are seeing all kinds of new crimes, including the fraudulent sale of medical equipment as well as the sale of cures and vaccines, “pay or become infected" schemes, threats to shut down critical systems, denial of service, and the exploitation of virtual environments, like Zoom or WebX. Among the tips provided to those working from home or for businesses remotely operating their servers: back up and encrypt data when possible; train employees in security principles; secure Wi-Fi; use a virtual protected network service; never use the same password twice; and, virtual meeting hosts should use unique identifiers. Read the full story at MidHudsonNews [dot] com.