Five ways to safeguard
Chicago Public Schools' most important information
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Hacking in the
public service sector
Hackers are targeting school districts and municipalities with powerful ransomware that locks and encrypts computer files. These groups make attractive targets because of the large number of employees with access to computers that are linked to vital systems.
Below are examples of online attacks that have occurred in the public service sector just in the past year:
Columbia Falls - $150k in bitcoin demanded to prevent the fraudster from publishing stolen school records
San Diego Unified School - Over 500k students and staffs’ personal data was stolen
Atlanta - Computer operations halted at the potential cost of $17 million
Ottawa, Canada - $100k was transferred by the city’s treasurer to a fraudster who masqueraded as the city manager
If an email doesn't look quite right or a website asks for personal information, stop and think before you click!
If you receive an email that you think might be a phishing attempt, please forward the email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take charge of your social media privacy:
Limit who can see what you post.
Review your Facebook privacy settings by first clicking on the icon. Only "friends" should be able to view what you post.
On Instagram, first click on the
icon, then the icon, and then on "Privacy and Security." Now click the check box to turn on "Private Account."
WhatsApp users, begin by clicking on , then the icon, and then "Privacy." Choose "My Contacts" for who can see your personal info.
Sources: Fortune, Threatpost, Zephoria
Cyber Cartoon: © xkcd
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May 2019 a • Edition #69
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