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COMMON THREAT: Normand Duquette, senior vice president at RISCO Insurance Brokerage Inc. in East Providence, says “90% of the companies we see” have been subject to social engineering fraud attempts. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Demand rises for insurance coverage against social engineering fraud

Imagine wiring money to a bank account at the request of an urgent voice message or an email from your company’s CEO, only to...
FIFTEEN INDIVIDUALS have been charged in U.S. District Court for allegedly filing multiple fraudulent unemployment claims in Rhode Island and 10 other states. / COURTESY U.S. DISTRICT COURT

Feds charge 15 with combined $578K in unemployment fraud

PROVIDENCE – Federal prosecutors announced charges against 15 individuals Thursday related to alleged fraudulent unemployment claims filed in Rhode Island and other states. The defendants...
STAYING ALERT: Harvard University graduate student Maya James received an email from a political action committee that seemed harmless: if you support Joe Biden, it urged, click here to check if you’re registered to vote. A little research indicated that it was a phishing scam.  / AP PHOTO/
MICHAEL DWYER

Scammers exploiting passions over election

The email from a political action committee seemed harmless: if you support Joe Biden, it urged, click here to make sure you’re registered to...

Don’t ignore threat of ransomware

As if businesses don’t have enough to worry about in a pandemic, add a growing number of ransomware attacks to the list. Tom Doyle, an...
BEST PRACTICES: Panelists Jeffrey Ziplow, a partner at Blum, Shapiro & Co. P.C.; Cindy Lepore, vice president of Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC.; and Linn F. Freedman, chair of the data privacy and cybersecurity team at Robinson & Cole LLP, discuss the challenges of responding to a ransomware attack during the Cybersecurity Summit on Oct. 7. PBN Editor Michael Mello moderated the discussion.

Summit: Companies at a loss to handle ransom threats

International cybercrime is rising dramatically, driven by sophisticated operatives holed up in places such as Russia and North Korea who use advanced technology and...

Indian national admits to role in telemarketing fraud scheme

PROVIDENCE – Chirag Sachdeva, an Indian national, pleaded guilty to seven counts of wire fraud after admitting to participating in a telemarketing scheme to...

3 reasons behind firearms surge

Americans have been on a record gun-buying spree in recent months. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and protests for racial justice, the gun industry’s trade association,...

Unemployment fraud under FBI investigation in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE – The FBI has joined an investigation into unemployment fraud in Rhode Island, WJAR-TV NBC 10 reported on May 5. “The FBI, Rhode Island...

Justice Dept. dropping R.I. native Flynn’s Trump-Russia case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Thursday said it is dropping the criminal case against President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, Michael...

Providence man sentenced to 5 years in prison for possession, distributing...

PROVIDENCE – A Providence man found to be in possession of more than 100 grams of fentanyl was sentenced Feb. 7 to five years...

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