A Plague of Ransomware

Dwaiter Weekly

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October 21, 2021

1_TOP NEWS

Ransomware Payments Could Double This Year


The U.S. Treasury Department says volume of suspected ransomware payments flagged by U.S. banks has surged this year, on pace to nearly double last year’s, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Treasury report came a day after governments from more than 30 countries committed to coordinated action against ransomware attacks, including bolstering regulation of crypto markets and data sharing.

2_LAW

FTC Cracking Down on Fake Online Reviews


The Federal Trade Commission said it has warned hundreds of major corporations and smaller businesses that they could face fines if they use bogus endorsements to deceive consumers, AP reports. Federal regulators say there has been “an explosion” of businesses using fake reviews and other misleading messages to promote their products and services on social media.

3_SECURITY

Digital Natives Fall for Scams Too


People who aren’t very savvy online are not the only ones who fall for phishing or vishing scams, Security Intelligence reports. Social engineering scammers are also finding success with Generation Z (born after 1997) and Millennials (born between 1981 and 1996). The number of online scam victims aged 20 and younger increased 156 percent.

4_SOCIAL MEDIA

The Keys to an Effective Business LinkedIn Page

Having a business page on LinkedIn can boost a company's credibility. But creating a truly effective business page on the professional networking platform requires time, effort and planning, Inc. magazine says.

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5_INTERNET

Are NFTs the Next Evolution of the Internet?


Technologist Kayvon Tehranian believes NFTs—digital assets that represent a certificate of ownership on the internet—are a technological breakthrough. In a TED Talk, he explains how NFTs are putting power and economic control back into the hands of digital creators—and pushing forward the internet's next evolution.

6_MARKETING

How to Succeed with A/B Testing 


A/B testing and optimization are powerful tools. But for many marketers, the tough part is often finding the right test to drive the biggest impact. So, what's the recipe for A/B testing success? HubSpot offers its answer to that question.

7_MOBILE

Google Mobile Services Are What, Exactly? 

Google Mobile Services can be found on just about every Android device on the market today. Android Authority explains what they do.

8_CULTURE

Locals Throw Shade at a Startup ‘Paradise’ 


Próspera was created as a "libertarian startup city," a privatized, Silicon Valley-funded paradise on a Honduran island. But many locals pulling back the welcome mat, Rest of World reports.

9_EDUCATION

Coding School for Afghan Girls Goes Underground


Fereshteh Forough created Code to Inspire, a computer science school with free tuition and laptops, to teach and create opportunities for Afghan girls. After the Taliban takeover, that mission continues with classes now held in secret online, NBC News reports. "They can't (stop us)," Forough says.

10_SAY WHAT?

Don't Toss Those Books Yet


Engineers have developed a new, cost-effective, ecological solution for augmenting the printed page with rich, up-to-date digital content, Science Daily reports. The Magic Bookmark uses optical contrast sensors to discern a pattern printed next to the book's spine on each page, allowing readers of a paper book to access related multimedia content.

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