Phone porting leads to stolen identity and bank funds

https://www.wptv.com/money/consumer/phone-porting-leads-to-stolen-identity-and-bank-funds

We’ve all bought a new cell phone and wanted to keep our number. The process is called porting and it could leave you open to being hacked.

If a hacker can port your number to a different phone, that could wreak havoc on all the important information you keep on your phone including bank account log-ins.

Martin County Tax Collector’s possibly hit by ransomware attack

https://www.wptv.com/news/region-martin-county/martin-county-tax-collectors-possibly-hit-by-ransomware-attack

Alan was interviewed by WPTV about the reasons behind the lengthy closure of the Martin County Tax Collector Office.

It usually starts with a fake email he said, sent to try to get someone to click on a link which then runs something which scrambles all the files on the network. A password is put in place in order to unscramble the files which makes the date utterly useless without the password. Then they let you know that unless they receive a large amount of money, the files will not be unlocked.

Donald Trump launching new social media platform

https://www.wptv.com/news/political/trump-launching-new-social-media-platform

Alan was interviewed by WPTV about the hacking of Donald Trump’s latest venture, a new social media platform which was reportedly hacked virtually immediately, by the group Anonymous.

He said anyone setting up a new platform needs to be hyper-paranoid about security. It is a worsening situation and once the hacker finds an easy vulnerability which gets plugged, they will work on the next one.

To the Point: Americans Worried about Cybersecurity Threat

https://www.wptv.com/news/political/to-the-point/americans-worried-about-cybersecurity-threat

Alan was a guest on WPTV To The Point on WPTV, discussing cybersecurity and the hacking threat.

According to a recent poll, 9 out of 10 people expressed some level of concern abut the risk to the personal information and hacking. He said that more work needs to be done to make people aware of the risks and the need to keep information safe.