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Local businesses, sitting ducks for cyber crime

Local cyber security experts, IT academics, researchers and even a Federal Bureau of Investigations special agent were among technocrats speaking at the Third African Cyber Crime conference held yesterday.

Most of the experts cautioned that cyber security was being taken far too casually in a country where most of the business community is data and Internet reliant.

Prominent software developer, Itumeleng Garebatshabe said a recent survey of a commercial hub populated by Botswana Stock Exchange-listed companies had found gaping holes in cyber security.

“Our recent survey found that most of these BSE companies had their Wi-Fi networks open during the Christmas and Independence holidays,” he said. 

“This is dangerous as it exposes corporate information to hackers who could use the data for other purposes.  Most of these Wi-Fi networks are accessible metres away from those companies’ premises and people with evil intentions could easily crack the passwords and walk into their systems.”

Garebatshabe said

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Local officials: Stalking fears not borne out, but it’s best to be aware

But it doesn’t hurt to know what to do if concerned, they said.

Dickinson County Sheriff Scott Rutter said while no stalking cases have been reported to their office, people can perceive things differently.

Being aware of your surroundings is key, he said.

“If you’re in a store, find an employee and ask to have someone walk out with you. Park by the street lights. Walk with a group of people. Check the back seat of your car before getting in. Revert to the ‘old school’ ways of looking around, but if you see something unusual or feel uncomfortable in a situation, you should report it. Then we make note and if it happens again, then there is record,” Rutter said. “And don’t have your head buried in a cellphone. We really preach about the cellphones.”

Danielle Ray of Hermansville said she had an “eerie feeling” while at Shopko

Read more at: http://www.ironmountaindailynews.com/news/local-news/2017/10/local-officials-stalking-fears-not-borne-out-but-its-best-to-be-aware/

Local schools take action against cyber bullying

According to statistics at bullingstatistic.org, over half of all adolescents and teens have been bullied online and over 25 percent of those young people have been bullied repeatedly. This issue can also be found among Galt students. According to Ron Rammer, principal at McCaffery Middle School, about five percent of his students have been cyber bullied even though the highest percentages can be found among high school students.

“If we are made aware of an incident, we try to download the messages, involve our school resource officer and parents,” Rammer said. “School consequences of varying degrees are given to the perpetrator. Administration and the school counselor try to keep an eye on the situation to make sure it does not continue.”

According to Donna Mayo-Whitlock, director of educational services for Galt Joint Union Elementary School District (GJUESD), each year the Sacramento District Attorney’s Office speaks with eighth graders on cyber bullying

Read more at: http://www.galtheraldonline.com/lifestyle/local-schools-take-action-against-cyber-bullying/article_ef5ceac4-af7a-11e7-9e18-47bbf66570e5.html

Local Police Department Addresses Cyber-bullying

Pea Ridge Police addressed the issue of cyber-bullying and online harassment in a post on their Facebook page Monday.

Officer Mike Lira made the post in October which is national bullying prevention awareness month.

“It got me thinking about how there’s so much negativity and so much bullying going on, I wish people would just think before they click it,” said Lira. “Click with compassion. Think before you talk and think before you click and if it’s not something you would say in person, don’t do it.”

At the time of writing this article, the post had multiple positive responses and numerous shares.

Shane Henson commented on the post saying, “I enjoy the updates provided about our town and what the Police do to keep it safe and clean. I have removed several pages that I followed because of this very thing. “

Lira says locals should reach out

Read more at: http://www.4029tv.com/article/local-police-department-addresses-cyber-bullying/12811274

Local cybersecurity concerns grow along with attacks

Hacking. Phishing. Identity theft. They’re household words in this digital age. If it seems like you’re hearing about them more often, you probably are.

“It’s going to get even worse before it gets better. We ain’t seen nothing yet,” says Sri Sridharan, Managing Director of the Florida Center for Cybersecurity housed at the University of South Florida, or FC2. “Right now we are in a very defensive posture. We are very reactive to cyber attacks. We need to be proactive, making sure the attacks don’t happen.”

The solution is new technologies, he says. “We’re trying to encourage people to work on different aspects of cybersecurity,” he explains.

FBI Special Agent A.J. Gilman agrees the problem “probably is getting a little bit worse. It’s also in the mainstream media more.”

One of the newer scams involves ransomware, which had all hands on deck at Reliaquest in Tampa during May in response to the WannaCry

Read more at: http://www.83degreesmedia.com/features/cyber-security-ramps-up-in-Tampa-091917.aspx

Bullied: Youths face cyber, schoolyard bullies | Local News …

VALDOSTA – Television sitcoms portray bullies in cliched ways: a leather jacket, a snarky attitude, a deep-seated anger issue. 



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Bullying

By the end of the show, the fictitious bullies typically have an emotional breakthrough that tears away their hard exterior, revealing the kindness beneath.

Unfortunately, that is not real life.

Bullying, whatever form it takes,

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Local experts offer tips to stay ahead of cyber crime

BY KEN MAMMARELLA
Special to Delaware Business Times

Protecting your enterprise from cyber-crimes doesn’t just mean protecting computers on site. It also means considering connections from employees’ homes, vendors and public Wi-Fi.

Those were a few tips from a Delaware Decision Makers panel titled “Cyber Security Threats and Solutions,” Aug. 10 at the Clarion Hotel — the Belle near New Castle.

Cyber-crimes are soaring, said James Collins, Delaware’s chief information officer, noting ransomware losses will likely hit $5 billion this year, up from $325 million in 2015.

“Cyber-crime is a major threat across all industries,” he told dozens at the networking event, representing architecture, education, government, law, retailing, marketing, nonprofits, refining, technology and wealth management. He cited an estimate that each record breached costs $225, for notification, remediation, loss of customers, business disruption, regulatory fines, legal and public relations expenses, credit care reissues and identity

Read more at: http://www.delawarebusinesstimes.com/local-experts-offer-tips-stay-ahead-cyber-crime/

Local experts offer tips to stay ahead of cyber crime – Delaware …

BY KEN MAMMARELLA
Special to Delaware Business Times

Protecting your enterprise from cyber-crimes doesn’t just mean protecting computers on site. It also means considering connections from employees’ homes, vendors and public Wi-Fi.

Those were a few tips from a Delaware Decision Makers panel titled “Cyber Security Threats and Solutions,” Aug. 10 at the Clarion Hotel — the Belle near New Castle.

Cyber-crimes are soaring, said James Collins, Delaware’s chief information officer, noting ransomware losses will likely hit $5 billion this year, up from $325 million in 2015.

“Cyber-crime is a major threat across all industries,” he told dozens at the networking event, representing architecture, education, government, law, retailing, marketing, nonprofits, refining, technology and wealth management. He cited an estimate that each record breached costs $225, for notification, remediation, loss of customers, business disruption, regulatory fines, legal and public relations expenses, credit care reissues and identity

Read more at: http://www.delawarebusinesstimes.com/local-experts-offer-tips-stay-ahead-cyber-crime/

Deputies: Homeless man sent photos of his genitals to local real estate agents

A homeless man was arrested Friday morning for sending explicit photos and sexual messages to a 73-year-old woman, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office deputies said.

The woman, a local real estate agent who was not identified, notified officials in June when she began receiving text messages from an unknown person. According to deputies, when she began replying to messages, she received a photo of a man’s genitalia and sexual messages in response.

An investigation identified 48-year-old Reginald Bernard Nelson as the suspected sender. Nelson has also been linked to 21 other similar cases that have been reported to Gulfport Police, Clearwater Police and Treasure Island Police, according to deputies.

A common thread in the cases was the fact that all victims were real estate agents. In an interview with deputies, Nelson admitted he sought out realtors in local ads, contacted them and sent explicit messages.

He was arrested on a charge of felony cyber stalking,

Read more at: http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/deputies-homeless-man-sent-photos-of-his-genitals-to-local-real-estate/2332786