Cyber Security

Senator Charles Schumer is working to counter what he calls the growing trend of child identity theft. The New York Democrat is proposing legislation that would protect kids until they turn 18.

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The Tewksbury, Massachusetts Police Department got national headlines this week after it was forced to pay a $500 ransom to hackers who held the department’s data hostage. Lawmakers in Essex County are taking steps to make sure that — or worse — doesn’t happen to them.

This morning we will discuss issues involving cyber crime with our tech guru, Jesse Feiler.

Jesse is a developer, consultant, and author specializing in Apple technologies. He is the creator of Minutes Machine for iPad, the meeting management app and Saranac River Trail app a guide to the Trail that includes location-based updates as well as social media tools.

His books include: the forthcoming - Swift for Dummies (coming from Wiley in early 2015) and iOS App Development for Dummies (Wiley, 2014).

Pittsfield Public Schools

With the school year just getting started, the Pittsfield Public School district has already experienced a cyber attack.

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This past weekend, dozens of risqué photos of several female celebrities were reportedly hacked from their personal cloud accounts, spurring a debate about everyone’s cyber safety and security.

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Two potential data breaches at colleges in the region are drawing attention to cyberhacking and the security of identity records.