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

Pipeline Safety Investigation Under Way Involving Subsidence Incidents in West Whiteland Township, Chester County

Today, July 17, 2020, in response to reports of several earth subsidences or “sinkholes” near pipelines in Southeastern Pennsylvania, an investigation is under way involving engineers and experts from the Safety Division of the Bureau of Investigation & Enforcement (I&E) - the independent investigation and enforcement bureau of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC). The … Continue reading Pipeline Safety Investigation Under Way Involving Subsidence Incidents in West Whiteland Township, Chester County

June 1 Changes in Utility Electric Energy Prices and Tips to Decrease Your Electric Bill

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) or (Commission) today, May 27, 2020, reminded consumers that most electric distribution companies (EDCs) across the state will be adjusting electric generation prices on June 1 for non-shopping customers. Depending on your service territory, energy prices could be increasing or decreasing for the summer months, and the PUC encourages … Continue reading June 1 Changes in Utility Electric Energy Prices and Tips to Decrease Your Electric Bill

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

PaPUC Approves Acquisition of Wastewater System in East Norriton Township, Montgomery County, by Aqua PA Wastewater Inc.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) or (Commission) today, May 21, 2020, approved an acquisition application of Aqua Pennsylvania Wastewater Inc. (Aqua) for Aqua’s purchase of East Norriton Township’s (East Norriton) wastewater system assets in Montgomery County. The Commission voted 4-0 to approve a Joint Petition for Settlement of All Issues for the transfer of East Norriton’s  wastewater system … Continue reading PaPUC Approves Acquisition of Wastewater System in East Norriton Township, Montgomery County, by Aqua PA Wastewater Inc.

PaPUC Clarifies Settlement Involving ‘Remaining Life Study’ & Enhanced Public Reporting on Integrity of Sunoco’s Mariner East 1 Pipeline

Today, May 21, 2020, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) or (Commission) clarified a section of a March 2020 Tentative Order directing an independent “remaining life study” of the Mariner East 1 (ME1) pipeline crossing Pennsylvania – and established a 10-day period for comments by active and interested parties. The Commission voted 4-0 today in … Continue reading PaPUC Clarifies Settlement Involving ‘Remaining Life Study’ & Enhanced Public Reporting on Integrity of Sunoco’s Mariner East 1 Pipeline

PaPUC to Investigate Rate Increase Requests by PA-American Water Co. & PA-American Water Co. Wastewater Division

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) or (Commission) today, May 21, 2020, voted to suspend and investigate rate increase requests by Pennsylvania- American Water Company (PAWC) and PAWC’s Wastewater Division (PAWC-WD). The Commission voted 4-0 to investigate PAWC’s requests for multi-year rate increases in its water and wastewater rates. For water service, PAWC proposes to increase total annual operating … Continue reading PaPUC to Investigate Rate Increase Requests by PA-American Water Co. & PA-American Water Co. Wastewater Division

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