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Cybersecurity in 2021, What You & Your Business Need to Know — Opinion

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2020 saw an increase in hacking attacks as the COVID-19 pandemic led to a spike in telecommuting globally. As a result, vulnerabilities in networks administrated by individuals and small businesses are being targeted with increased frequency. This trend is expected to continue deep into 2021, and most of the risks posed to small business owners and remote employees can be mitigated with proper education and preparation.

Many businesses find themselves operating with less resources than they previously had as a result of lost revenues related to the global economic downturn. With the attention of many businesses diverted towards the fight to keep their doors open, cybercriminals are set to potentially have their most profitable year ever. That being said, some of the primary online threats to avoid are:

Ransomware Nets Big Payouts: Opportunistic hackers used the COVID-19 pandemic to make the year 2020 huge for ransomware campaigns. Cyber Insurance provider Coalition backs up that statement, as they reported ransomware as the cause of 41% of cyber insurance claims they received in the first half of last year. In addition, the 2020 Crowdstrike Global Security Attitude Survey reported 27% of ransomware victims having paid ransoms in 2019. Some of the more common variants of ransomware include Lucky ransomware and the Sodinokibi strains.

Insider Breaches: An unfortunate byproduct of telecommuting as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a rise in employees engaging in criminal misconduct related to the exploitation of data that is now available to them without supervision. Even before COVID, the 2020 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report reported a disturbing rise of insider breaches that now make up close to a third of data related incidents.

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-Phishing Attacks: Phishing is the tried-and-true entry point for most cyber-attacks. Hackers like to send malicious emails near the end of the workday, when most staff are less sharp and watching the clock, to deliver their phishing emails. Just a single instance of an employee clicking on a malicious email is all it takes to give hackers full access to a company’s network.

Social Engineering Attacks: Database exposure compromises company information via social engineering, which is a form of psychological manipulation that tricks people into divulging confidential information. Hackers use this method to steal login credentials and access a company’s network. Most companies are known to store customer and employee data, financial records or other information including Social Security numbers, on their database.

Browser Hijacking: Browser hijacking modifies your browser settings to redirect traffic to a hacker’s partner websites. This is done to generate ad revenue. Unsuspecting victims see their browser’s homepage and default search engine being replaced with a fake version of an otherwise legitimate internet search engine. The phony search engine can even insert unwanted banners and ads onto the pages of real websites. Common versions of these attacks involve the Google Redirect Virus and the Yahoo Search Redirect Virus.

Advanced Persistent Threats: APTs have made news in the fallout of the SolarWinds hacking attack. APTs are now targeting more than just large corporations and government entities. These threat actors use persistent and stealthy techniques to compromise networks and remain inside for an extended period of time. A new wrinkle to the threat sees smaller businesses and individuals that are associated with larger entities being targeted, perhaps as a penetration point into larger groups. Some infamous APT hacking groups are APT29 (Cozy Bear), APT35 (Charming Kitten), APT38 (Lazarus Group) and APT37 (Ricochet Chollima).

Most small businesses are not well-versed in security protocol and are currently struggling to keep their doors open in 2021. For some, one breach is all it takes to close their doors permanently. Now, more than any other time in history, businesses must place a premium on network security. Their very survival may well depend on it.

Julio Rivera is a business and political strategist, the Editorial Director for Reactionary Times, and a political commentator and columnist. His writing, which is focused on cybersecurity and politics, has been published by websites including The Hill, Newsmax, The Washington Times, Real Clear Politics, Townhall, American Thinker and many others.

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Unvaccinated Students Corralled into Separate Pen at LA High School

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There have long been some very serious concerns about the way in which vaccinated people would treat unvaccinated folks here in the United States, and it’s a sad reality that some of even the more bizarre predictions have come true.

We’ve seen the unvaccinated among us ostracized, belittled, discriminated against, and segregated against, often with the backing of the government itself.

Now, at a charter school in Los Angeles, an incredibly poignant and stomach-turning facet of this prejudice has been put on display.

Parents and students at a Los Angeles charter school have filed a lawsuit to stop a vaccine mandate that allegedly prevented unvaccinated children from attending class.

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The children said they felt “segregated” and “discriminated against.”

“Female students were segregated, harassed, and threatened with suspension just for trying to participate in their classes, and we will prove in court that this is unjust and unlawful,” Sharon McKeeman, founder of Let Them Breathe, a nonprofit organization that is representing the students and parents in a lawsuit against the school, told Fox News Digital on Sunday.

The situation was a dramatic one:

Let Them Breathe shared videos of the students protesting after New West Charter School allegedly refused to let them in when school reopened on Jan. 18, 2022. The organization claimed that the students were segregated “behind barriers.”

“We’re being refused of the right to attend school,” one student claims in a video. “We feel segregated and discriminated against,” adds another.

News of the situation was soon traveling throughout the Twitterverse.

The school has suggested that there are only six students who’ve refused to be vaccinated.

There have long been some very serious concerns about the way in which vaccinated people would treat unvaccinated folks here in the United States, and it’s a sad reality that some of even the more bizarre predictions have come true. We’ve seen the unvaccinated among us ostracized, belittled, discriminated against, and segregated against, often with the backing of the government itself. Now, at a charter school in Los Angeles, an incredibly poignant and stomach-turning facet of this prejudice has been put on display. Parents and students at a Los Angeles charter school have filed a lawsuit to stop a vaccine mandate that allegedly prevented unvaccinated children from attending class. The children said they felt “segregated” and “discriminated against.” “Female students were segregated, harassed, and threatened with suspension just for trying to participate in their classes, and we will prove in court that this is unjust and unlawful,” Sharon McKeeman, founder of Let Them Breathe, a nonprofit organization that is representing the students and parents in a lawsuit against the school, told Fox News Digital on Sunday. The situation was a dramatic one: Let Them Breathe shared videos of the students protesting after New West Charter School allegedly refused to let them in when school reopened on Jan. 18, 2022. The organization claimed that the students were segregated “behind barriers.” “We’re being refused of the right to attend school,” one student claims in a video. “We feel segregated and discriminated against,” adds another. News of the situation was soon traveling throughout the Twitterverse. https://twitter.com/letthem_breathe/status/1483516345300008963?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1483516345300008963%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.foxnews.com%2Fpolitics%2Flos-angeles-charter-students-sue-vaccine-segregated The school has suggested that there are only six students who’ve refused to be vaccinated.

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Liberal Host Says ‘I’m Over COVID’, Pushes Disobedience

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Freud has often been summed up with the phrase, “sometimes, a cigar is just a cigar”.  But one liberal comedian now wants to sum up COVID with, “sometimes, enough is just enough“.

Left-leaning comedian and television host Bill Maher this week lashed out against lingering COVID protocols, even going so far as to glorify the idea of disobedience.

Bill Maher has said that he’s “over Covid” and that doctors shouldn’t tell people “just do what we say” in relation to how to handle the pandemic.

The comedian and HBO talk show host told Deadline in an interview that “I feel like Covid is still the dominant issue of our lives right now and it should not be anymore”.

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The 66-year-old said he was “never scared” of Covid-19, but that he was “always scared of the reaction to it”.

And then…

“As this has played out that only proved to be more true for me,” Mr Maher, who contracted the virus in May of last year, told Deadline. “I’m sure many people feel different, but that’s me. It was never that virulent a threat, I thought, to people who were in good health.”

“We should, of course, protect the vulnerable, but it was mostly a disease of the very old, which every disease is a threat to, and people who have comorbidities, which mostly is due to lifestyle,” he added.

His harshest quips followed:

“I didn’t want the first vaccine,” he said. “We should not treat people unfairly who want to allow their own immune system to take care of the situation. But okay, I took one for the team.”

He went on to say that the medical establishment “don’t know a lot about anything”.

“We still don’t understand too much about how the human body works,” Mr Maher said. “So, don’t sit there in your white coat and tell me ‘just do what we say’. When have we ever been wrong? A lot is my answer. A lot. They drilled mercury into my teeth when I was a child. Now, of course, we don’t do that anymore, but do you really think in 50 years people will look back and say, ‘oh, yeah, we had it all figured out in 2022?’ No, they will be appalled at things we’re doing right now”.

Maher’s shift on COVID has been predated by some downright moderate discussions from the longtime liberal, leading many to wonder if he’s headed toward the dead center of the American political morass.

Freud has often been summed up with the phrase, “sometimes, a cigar is just a cigar”.  But one liberal comedian now wants to sum up COVID with, “sometimes, enough is just enough”. Left-leaning comedian and television host Bill Maher this week lashed out against lingering COVID protocols, even going so far as to glorify the idea of disobedience. Bill Maher has said that he’s “over Covid” and that doctors shouldn’t tell people “just do what we say” in relation to how to handle the pandemic. The comedian and HBO talk show host told Deadline in an interview that “I feel like Covid is still the dominant issue of our lives right now and it should not be anymore”. The 66-year-old said he was “never scared” of Covid-19, but that he was “always scared of the reaction to it”. And then… “As this has played out that only proved to be more true for me,” Mr Maher, who contracted the virus in May of last year, told Deadline. “I’m sure many people feel different, but that’s me. It was never that virulent a threat, I thought, to people who were in good health.” “We should, of course, protect the vulnerable, but it was mostly a disease of the very old, which every disease is a threat to, and people who have comorbidities, which mostly is due to lifestyle,” he added. His harshest quips followed: “I didn’t want the first vaccine,” he said. “We should not treat people unfairly who want to allow their own immune system to take care of the situation. But okay, I took one for the team.” He went on to say that the medical establishment “don’t know a lot about anything”. “We still don’t understand too much about how the human body works,” Mr Maher said. “So, don’t…

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