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Local small businesses may be at risk for hackers

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Local small businesses may be at risk for hackers

In the city of Rockford, small business are on every corner. Each one, a potential target for hackers.

“When you consider that 97 percent of all U.S businesses are small businesses the economic impact of hacking can be astronomical” said Director of Rockford Better Business Bureau, Dennis Horton.

The Better Business Bureau is working to bring awareness to the impact one unknown click can take on a small business.

“90 percent of them are through phishing e-mails. And through those phishing emails usually you will find ransom ware or other malicious software” said Horton.

The owners of Rockford Art Deli, say they’re keeping an eye out for these types of e-mails.

“You know you try to do as much as you can and it can still get through but if it did happen, as a cash based business, they can drain your accounts and you know you’re out until that comes back in” said Rockford Art Deli Owner, Jarrod Hennis.

Hennis says he recently got an e-mail from what seemed to be another local business, but after some digging that wasn’t the case.

“It was a random e-mail from a lender in town actually and it just had a link, everything looked legit when you went and clicked on it. But since I knew nothing was coming and I had nothing in the works, I didn’t click on it. So I kinda did some research on it before we opened it and you could tell it was fake” said Hennis.

Horton says one of most unknown facts is, the business owners are held responsible.

“Their business accounts, their bank accounts, were hacked and they suffered a loss that banks are not responsible for that loss” said Horton.

And being out of business, can be detrimental.

“50 percent of them said that after a month they would probably be out of business, if they were not able to recover that data” said Horton.

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Local cybersecurity concerns grow along with attacks

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Hacking. Phishing. Identity theft. They’re household words in this digital age. If it seems like you’re hearing about them more often, you probably are. “It’s going to get even worse before it gets better. We ain’t seen nothing yet,” says Sri Sridharan, Managing Director of the Florida Center for Cybersecurity…

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Local organization to host diaper drive for victims of child abuse

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and one Aberdeen group is collecting child supplies to help out local families. The Child Protection team is made up of 10 different organizations and businesses working to stop child abuse.

The group found that the need in the community for this type of drive is great.

“It’s important to remember that child abuse is very real. It’s a present issue in most communities, even our own, and unfortunately it’s something that we see here too often,” says Kila LeGrand, Sanford Aberdeen Chief Nursing Officer.

Hosting a diaper drive is one way the Child Protection Team can help out local families.

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Local lawmakers introduce bill for child sexual abuse task force

Sen. John Grabinger, D-Jamestown, and Rep. Bernie Satrom, R-Jamestown, are sponsoring a bill that would create a task force on preventing sexual abuse of children and reporting recommendations for legislation.

Senate Bill 2342 was introduced by Grabinger and had a hearing in the Human Services Committee on Jan. 30. No vote or other action has been taken since.

The task force would gather information concerning child sexual abuse throughout the state, receive testimony and reports from individuals, state and local agencies and organizations, and create goals for state policy that would prevent child sexual abuse during the 2017-2018 interim period. The task force would submit a final report with recommendations to the governor and legislative management, which is a group of legislators who determine interim studies and committee memberships.

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Student shows up at local high school with pellet gun

WACO, Texas (KWTX) A Midway High School student was arrested Tuesday morning after showing up with a pellet gun and making “a verbal threat in the presence of witnesses,” interim Principal Brent Merritt said in a letter to parents.

The pellet gun was not loaded, Merritt said.

“The student and pellet gun were detained before the first bell. No students were in direct danger or harmed,” he wrote.

The 16-year-old student, who was not identified, faces a misdemeanor charge of terroristic threat, Merritt said in the letter.

“Threats towards other students are taken very seriously by MHS administrators, and we will do all we can to maintain the safety and security of our students and staff,” he said.

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Privacy breach at Athens clinic gives pause to local providers

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Privacy breach at Athens clinic gives pause to local providers

Local health care providers said they have taken note of a data breach at a clinic in Athens that exposed the private information and medical history of some 200,000 current and former patients.
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All New Orleans Schools Set to Return to Local Oversight – Education Week

After more than 10 years under state authority, the city’s public schools—most of them charters—will be supervised by the locally elected school board.

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Crimes against local businesses increase

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The business community of Wadeville, as well as business owners in the rest of the Elsburg policing area, are warned to be on high alert. The warning from the Elsburg SAPS comes after several crime incidents were reported to the police. The following crimes are currently prevalent within the business sector: Robberies with firearms. Business burglaries. Theft of cars (parked outside business premises). Theft of cargo stored in trucks and containers, etc. Hijackings of both cars and trucks. As a proactive measure, the SAPS calls on the business community to do the following to protect assets and the lives of employees: Improve your company’s security system (burglar proofing, alarm, etc.). Ensure the surveillance cameras are in good working order. Keep a watchful eye on your surroundings, for example, suspicious activities (vehicles with more than one occupant) at all times. Change from a cash salary payment system to an electronic banking system (avoid carrying lump sums of money from the bank to the business). Ensure that your security company’s panic button is in good working order. In case of an emergency, instruct your security company to call 10111 and the Elsburg SAPS (011 827-2306/5631) simultaneously, as they can attend the scene […]

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Local state senators back bill to fight child abuse

Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local senators on roll calls from prior legislative sessions. There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week.

CHILD EXPLOITATION (S 2048)

Senate 37-0, approved an amendment providing that the state establish age-appropriate guidelines for child exploitation awareness education for students in grades 2 and above. The program would define child exploitation, recognize types of it and create awareness of warning signs of child exploitation, child abduction and child sexual abuse.

Amendment supporters said it would educate children on the warning signs of child sexual abuse so they can be better prepared to defend themselves.

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Local agencies need community volunteers to help victims of child abuse

Mesa County Partners, The Department of Human Services, and Court Appointed Special Advocates are teaming up to create a new initiative.

Fostering Hope aims to get more people in the community involved in protecting our children and helping them recover from child abuse.

In 2014 the number of child welfare referrals was 3,393 – almost 1,000 more than the amount of child welfare referrals made in 2006.

“In our community these kids need a lot of help,” said Skip Hudson, who has been mentoring youth for years. “It’s amazing, the more I’m involved in this the more I realized how our youth is under served in so many ways.

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