County Pays $28,000 To Hackers

Madison County in Indiana paid $28,000 to ransom back their computer system after falling victim to a ransomware attack.  The county’s insurance company offered to pay the demand and the county had to pay the deductible along with an additional $18,000 to have techs bring their computer system back online.

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The attack his hundreds of PCs and 75 servers. The attack completely shut down the systems, making it impossible for the county to conduct business.

What do you think? Did the insurance company make the right call?  Should you ever pay attackers?

Facebook Founder Denies Influencing Election

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg denied charges that company played a part in influencing the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election. Critics say that fake news stories shared on Facebook tilted the election of Donald Trump.

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In an interview at a tech conference in California, he said, “Personally I think the idea that fake news on Facebook, which is a very small amount of the content, influenced the election in any way—I think is a pretty crazy idea. Voters make decisions based on their lived experience.”

What do you think? Did social media affect your vote? Let us know in the comments.

 Over 400 Million FriendFinder Accounts Hacked

400 million users of the FriendFinder Networks have had their private information exposed by hackers.  Among the sites operated by the company are Adultfriendfinder, Penthouse, and Stripshow.

According to LeakedSource, not only were current accounts exposed, but information from deleted accounts was also in the mix.

~ Cynthia