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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/

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...
VIOLENT CRIMES per 100,000 residents in Rhode Island declined 6.4% year over year to 219.1, lower than the New England rate for the year. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/AL DRAGO

FBI: R.I. violent crimes per 100K decline 6.4% in 2018

PROVIDENCE – Violent crimes per 100,000 people in Rhode Island declined 6.4% year over year in 2018, according to the most recent figures from...

Five Questions With: Jeremy Girard

The FBI just released a public service announcement to warn computer users about the latest in cybercrime. Checking for “https” and the lock icon...

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