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Michigan Assistant Attorney General speaks at UPHTTF meeting | #tinder | #pof | #match | #sextrafficking | romancescams | #scams

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_________________________ MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) – The Upper Peninsula Human Trafficking Task Force held its quarterly meeting virtually Friday morning with Assistant Attorney General Kelly Carter. She told […]

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Michigan leaders talk a lot about human trafficking, but we don’t know the extent of the problem | #tinder | #pof | #match | #sextrafficking | romancescams | #scams

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MICHIGAN — It’s a horrible crime in Michigan and yet we have no real statistics behind it: human trafficking. Jane White, director of the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force, said […]

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University of Michigan graduate students, residential staff march in solidarity with dining workers | #students | #parents | #parenting | #parenting | #kids

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#school | #ransomware | Michigan District school faces a ransomware attack; hackers demand $10,000 in BTC.

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According to a local news report, the Richard Community school in Michigan was hacked over the winter holidays, and the hacker encrypted the school’s sever using ransomware attack. The hackers have demanded $10,000 in bitcoin to restore the server. The School’s IT department revealed that the hack had occurred on December 27.

 

School refuses to pay ransom to hackers.

The Michigan district school’s IT department immediately shut down the server after discovering the hack and made sure the back serves had not been compromised. The school informed the Michigan police and are trying to track down the hacker. The hack had affected the school district’s telephones, copiers, classroom technology, and even the heating system, but no student’s or staff’s personal information was compromised, according to the school. The server is expected to be back up and running before school resumes next week.

 

Increase in ransomware attacks around the world.

The ransomware attack on the Michigan district school was not an isolated incident. There have been several ransomware attack reports from around the world. The most common targets for these hackers are schools, hospitals, and local businesses. Last year three schools alone in New York faced the similar attacks. In November 2019, the Mexican state-owned petroleum company Pemex also suffered a ransomware attack where hackers had demanded $5 million in BTC to decrypt the server.

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Michigan among #states most #vulnerable to #identity theft, fraud

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Michigan among #states most #vulnerable to #identity theft, fraud

Michigan ranks among the worst states for identity theft and fraud, a new analysis by a personal finance website shows.

The report by WalletHub put Michigan at No. 6, behind California, Rhode Island, Washington D.C., Florida and Georgia, and just ahead of Nevada, Texas, New York and Connecticut.

The Michigan attorney general’s office, which is charged with protecting consumers, suggested that identity theft and fraud is likely not as bad in the state as the report suggests.

“It could be underreported in other states,” Andrea Bitely, a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office, said, challenging the report’s results. “The more people in a state, the more likely you are to be up at the top.”

“But,” she added, “the attorney general is not taking this lightly.”

October has been designated National Cyber Security Awareness Month by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

WalletHub, which is based in Washington D.C., compared all 50 states and the nation’s capital this week using a data that looked at identity theft, fraud and public policy aimed at keeping personal information out of the hands of thieves.

While Michigan ranked No. 6 overall, it was No. 8 specifically for identity theft, No. 12 for fraud, and No. 10 for public policy.

Michigan was No. 2 for the most identity theft complaints per capita, behind Washington D.C., and ahead of Florida, and No. 4 for the most fraud complaints per capita, behind, Washington D.C., Florida, and Georgia and ahead of Texas.

“Equifax has proven that absolutely no one is immune to cybercrime,” the report said. “In September 2017, the credit bureau announced that it had fallen victim to one of the biggest data breaches in recent history.”

Moreover, the WalletHub report said: “Even credit bureaus, government agencies, and financial institutions — the organizations consumers trust and expect to treat their confidential information with utmost care and security — cannot take enough precautions to prevent such attacks.”

Earlier this month, Equifax announced that 2.5 million more consumers were impacted by the breach than originally thought, bringing the total number of Michiganders with potentially compromised information to 4.6 million.

To raise awareness of identity theft, the state attorney general’s office is holding two free seminars:

  • From 12:05 to 12:50 p.m. Friday at 525 West Ottawa Street, Lansing, in the G. Mennen Williams Auditorium.
  • From 12:05 to 12:50 p.m. Wednesday at 3068 West Grand Blvd., Detroit, in Room L150.

Still, the WalletHub report warned:

“While the federal government and various businesses in recent years have taken more aggressive measures to build up our defenses, criminal strategies continue to evolve and grow in sophistication, keeping consumers vulnerable to identity theft and fraud.”

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Michigan couple convicted of second-degree child abuse

A couple convicted of second-degree child abuse after being accused of keeping an adopted son isolated in the basement of a Michigan home are maintaining that they didn’t abuse the boy.

The boy, who was 17 when he testified at last year’s trial, told jurors he wasn’t allowed upstairs unless someone was home in Livingston County’s Deerfield Township. Authorities say Eric and Angela Corcoran treated their other children much more favorably and the abuse took place from 2012-2015.

A judge on Thursday sentenced them to 3 years of probation and 32 days each already served in the county jail.

Angela Corcoran told the court they are “good people that were put in a difficult situation.

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Michigan education board approves LGBT guidance for schools – Education Week

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See where 68 credit card skimmers were found in Michigan

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See where 68 credit card skimmers were found in Michigan

In cities and towns across lower Michigan, officials have found 68 credit card skimmers, installed by scammers meaning to steal personal information.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture, tasked with responding to service stations and removing the devices, provided MLive

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Could Michigan elections be stolen by hackers?

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Could Michigan elections be stolen by hackers?

Russia has been accused of hacking into the emails of the Democratic National Committee. So, could Russia or some other country or group hack U.S. voting machines in some states in an attempt to change an election? The answer, according to a group of determined computer scientists featured in a recent article by Ben Wofford […]

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