Utility Scam Awareness & Education

Understand How Fraud Artists Operate and Remain Vigilant Against Common Utility-Related Scams The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) marked November 20th as Utility Scam Awareness Day – a national effort to educate residents and businesses about the ways that scammers use utility-related schemes to scare or trick customers into sending them money or disclosing personal information. “Scam … Continue reading Utility Scam Awareness & Education

Ransomware Activity Targeting the Healthcare and Public Health Sector

Multiple federal agencies sent out a joint alert on the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020 about ransomware activity targeting the healthcare and public health sector. The advisory, which was sent out by Cybersecurity and Infrastrustrure Security Agency (CISA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), describes … Continue reading Ransomware Activity Targeting the Healthcare and Public Health Sector

October is CyberSecurity Awareness Month

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). Visit cisa.gov/ncsam to learn more about the awareness campaign. Businesses face significant financial loss when a cyber attack occurs. In 2019, the U.S. business sector had 17% increase in data breaches. Cybercriminals often rely on human error—employees failing to install software patches or clicking on malicious links—to gain access to … Continue reading October is CyberSecurity Awareness Month

Beware of Scams and Fraud Schemes – COVID-19 Phishing

Last week, a Rhode Island company and its owner were prohibited from misrepresenting they are affiliated with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of a settlement resolving Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges they misled consumers in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. Ponte Investments, LLC, and its owner were charged by the FTC in April with … Continue reading Beware of Scams and Fraud Schemes – COVID-19 Phishing

If You Are Still Using Windows 7, You Are At Risk

In  a Private Industry Notification announcement this month from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about the official end of life for Windows 7, the FBI states it "has observed cyber criminals targeting computer network infrastructure after an operating system achieves end-of-life status," and added that "continuing to use Windows 7 within an enterprise may provide … Continue reading If You Are Still Using Windows 7, You Are At Risk

FTC-FCC warning letters suggest a different kind of distancing

Agencies Target Companies Routing Scam Robocalls to Consumers about Fake COVID-19-Related Refunds, Loan Reductions, and Social Security Threats May 20, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) demanded that gateway providers allowing COVID-19 pandemic-related scam robocalls into the United States cut off this traffic or face serious consequences.  This is the second … Continue reading FTC-FCC warning letters suggest a different kind of distancing

Pay the Computer Ransom? – 94% get their data back

The State of Ransomware 2020 global study conducted earlier this year on behalf of Sophos and reported this week in its blog found that organizations that decide to pay the ransom to get their data back, do so in 94% of cases. The research questioned 5,000 IT managers from 26 countries (500 from the US … Continue reading Pay the Computer Ransom? – 94% get their data back

New funding for Coronavirus SBA loans We are here to Help You

We posted previously about how we can assist with unemployment and other matters for individuals. If you’re a business owner, you may have or may be planning to apply for a loan through the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) program. These programs recently got hundreds of billions of dollars … Continue reading New funding for Coronavirus SBA loans We are here to Help You

PUC Approves First-Ever Review on Uber’s Driver Background Check Process in Pennsylvania; Recommends Future Improvements

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today, March 28, 2019, releases its first-ever report of Uber’s driver background check process in Pennsylvania.  Also, the PUC is releasing Uber’s implementation plan and directing the Company to proceed with several recommendations which will further strengthen Uber’s background check process in the future. The Commission voted 5-0 to release the PUC report … Continue reading PUC Approves First-Ever Review on Uber’s Driver Background Check Process in Pennsylvania; Recommends Future Improvements

Is your Cyber Insurance Policy Worth the Paper It’s Printed On?

{Also posted at cyber.pabar.org} Cyber insurance policies are now standard procedure for companies seeking to shift some risk in case of malware attacks and cyber hacks. In a test of the developing cyber insurance industry, Zurich America Insurance Company is reportedly refusing to pay out a $100 million claim from consumer packaged good company Mondelez, which … Continue reading Is your Cyber Insurance Policy Worth the Paper It’s Printed On?