Theft is on the rise. A few months ago Yahoo revealed they had been hacked in 2014 and over 500 million accounts were the victims of username and password theft. This is not new news, though the identity of the nefarious characters behind the hacking might be a bit of a surprise. This interesting news came to us from FCW: The Business of Federal Technology in their article, “U.S. indicts Russian spies in Yahoo hack.”

The Justice Department formally indicted four people, including two Russian government cybersecurity officers, for hacking into Yahoo’s accounts in 2014, exposing hundreds of millions of users in one of the largest data breaches ever detected in the U.S.

Just this weekend, more ransomware attacks filled the news headlines. And, not so surprisingly, there apparently are connections to Russia again.

Just another reminder of the importance of security and protection against cyber thefts. Every day, all around the world, there are people working very hard to perpetrate fraud. We must stay alert.

Melody K. Smith

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