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FEDERAL AUTHORITIES, including the FBI are warning that there is currently a "an increased and imminent cybercrime threat to U.S. hospitals and health care providers in the U.S. / AP FILE PHOTO/ JOSE LUIS MAGANA

FBI warns ransomware assault threatens U.S. health care system

BOSTON (AP) – Federal agencies warned that cybercriminals are unleashing a wave of data-scrambling extortion attempts against the United States health care system designed...

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...
TOM DOYLE, right, cyber intelligence analyst from the FBI’s Boston field office, gave the keynote address at Wednesday's Cybersecurity Summit. At left is Joe Devine, executive director of the Tech Collective, a partner with Providence Business News in hosting the summit.

Is your company prepared to handle a cyberattack or related efforts...

The pandemic has seen a predictable surge in often costly cyberthefts and network intrusions targeting local companies. Tom Doyle, cyber intelligence analyst from the FBI’s...

Hackers targeting municipalities, states

A recent cybertheft of $4.2 million from the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Retirement System and resulting FBI probe has the attention of Rhode Island and...
OPENING FOR HACKERS? The R.I. Board of Elections is studying whether modems added to voting machines in 2016 now represent a cybersecurity risk because they transmit encrypted data over the internet. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

As hackers advance, government, businesses must stay step ahead

In the ever-evolving world of cybersecurity, technological upgrades can quickly become outdated. And no government or business can afford to think they are too...
NEW BEDFORD'S municipal computer network was the target of a ransomware hack in July. The city is in the process of restoring all of its systems.

New Bedford reveals details of July computer systems hack

NEW BEDFORD – In early July the computer system for New Bedford was identified as being under a ransomware attack. New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell...

Is a ransomware attack a reportable data breach?

Ransomware involves the denial of access to a user’s data; often, a hacker encrypts an organization’s data with a key known only to the...
THUNDERMIST HEALTH Center shut down their electronic health system Thursday to deal with a ransomware attack. The center reports it opened for business as normal Friday with no compromised data. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND HEALTH AND EDUCATIONAL BUILDING CORP.

Thundermist: Unsuccessful ransomware attack briefly shutters electronic health records

WOONSOCKET — Thundermist Health Center shut down their electronic health records system Thursday after employees discovered portions of the database were not accessible, which...
THE VERIZON DATA Breach Investigations Report shows the number of ransomware incidents and financial pretexting is up, with larger business-critical targets.

Verizon report: Ransomware still top cybersecurity danger

PROVIDENCE – The latest Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report is out, showing double the ransomware attacks compared with 2017, according to a Verizon press...
TECH COLLECTIVE will host "Ransomware: The End of the World," a discussion on what people, processes and technologies should be in place so companies can protect against the evolving computer threat, at its Providence office on March 27.

Infrastructure threat ransomware focus of upcoming learning session

PROVIDENCE – “Ransomware: The End of the World” is an upcoming discussion on what people, processes and technologies should be in place for companies...

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