Don’t be an easy target for cyber criminals | #government | #hacking | #cyberattack

J. William Rivers

Ransomware. Hacking. Business Email Compromise Scams. Last year, $6.9 billion in losses due to cyber scams and attacks were reported to the Internet Crime Complaint Center. Sadly, this is probably just a fraction of the actual losses suffered by businesses and individuals during the year.

Cyber crimes are on the rise at an alarming rate. Every computer, network and personal device is vulnerable as criminals and nation-state actors find new ways to access our private information each day.

Foreign adversaries are focused on stealing business trade secrets from innovative American companies. They relentlessly attack our public and private sector computer networks and have stolen volumes of information in an effort to illegally obtain advanced technologies, trade secrets and other valuable data.

There is also a large criminal component that is driven by greed and money. They are using tools like ransomware, which is a type of malicious software program allowing hackers to encrypt someone’s data and hold it hostage until their monetary demands are met. These groups have used ransomware to attack almost every kind of target imaginable. Schools, hospitals, governments, gas pipelines, even 9-1-1 call centers have been victimized.

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