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Phishing Campaign Targets New Jersey Government Employees

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Trenton NJ, on January 6, the NJCCIC observed a phishing campaign targeting New Jersey government employees. In this campaign, the sender claims to be from the employee’s human resources department announcing an annual vacation plan. A link leads to a phishing website where the employee is prompted to log in with their government email credentials. These emails spoof the display name of the sender email address to match the domain of the recipient, making the messages appear to come from a legitimate source in their organization. However, the sender’s hostname originates from the domain sumltomocorp[.]com, a website known for marketing spam URLs. Additionally, the link contains the recipient’s email address in the URL in another attempt to add legitimacy to the message.

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The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness Cautions, ‘Tis the Season to Stay Alert

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Ridgewood NJ, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness and its cybersecurity division, the New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell, are cautioning the public to stay alert for signs of physical and cyber threats targeting individuals, organizations and businesses across the state during the upcoming holiday season.

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Three Iranian Hackers Charged With Engaging In Ransomware Attacks Throughout New Jersey

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Newark NJ, An indictment was unsealed today charging three Iranian nationals with allegedly orchestrating a scheme to hack into the computer networks of multiple U.S. victims, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger and National Security Division Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olsen announced today.

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Cybersecurity Tips to Protect from Threats

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Cybercrime is no longer a thing that happens to big organizations. Anyone and everyone is a prospect for cybercriminals now and we all are at risk of falling prey to these threats. Therefore, we must understand how these crimes are conducted and how to stay safe. The first and the easiest thing to do is sign up for an internet connection that comes with anti-virus software. This shows that your internet service provider is serious about your cybersecurity. One such provider is Spectrum that offers a security suite with all its internet deals. And if you have any further queries about the security suite, you can always contact spectrum español pagos their representatives for assistance .

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New Jersey Releases Annual Statistics on Cyber Breaches for the First Time

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October 31,2017
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Trenton NJ,  Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the New Jersey State Police  announced that 676 data breaches were reported to the State Police in 2016 affecting more than 116,000 New Jersey account holders. October is National Cybersecurity Month, and the announcement – the first release of annual statistics on data breaches in the state – was made as New Jersey offered advice and resources to residents to protect their sensitive personal information. The Attorney General’s Office also highlighted legal actions taken this year by the Division of Law and Division of Consumer Affairs to address data breaches.

“Doing business online and on our devices has become so routine that it’s easy to let our guard down. But as these statistics on data breaches highlight, it’s critical that we protect our sensitive personal information from the many who seek to access it for harmful ends,” said Attorney General Christopher Porrino. “The internet touches almost all aspects of our daily life, whether we realize it or not, and Cyber Security Awareness Month is a good time to examine whether our accounts are secure. I urge everyone to take advantage of the great resources New Jersey offers in this area.”

To assist in tackling these security challenges, the New Jersey Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC) acts as the state’s one-stop shop for cybersecurity information sharing, threat analysis, and incident reporting. Located at the State Police Regional Operations Intelligence Center (ROIC), the NJCCIC brings together analysts and engineers to promote statewide awareness of cyber threats and widespread adoption of best practices.

“Our mission is to help make NJ more resilient to cyber attacks. We encourage all NJ residents and businesses to reach out to the NJCCIC for advice, to subscribe to our alerts, and to report incidents via our website –,” said Michael Geraghty, Director of the NJCCIC.

“The statistics compiled present a sobering picture of the challenges that face us when it comes to cyber security,” said Sharon Joyce, Acting Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs. “We urge citizens to use the resources available through the Division of Consumer Affairs in order to protect themselves and their loved ones from identity theft and other forms of cybercrime. In addition, the Division remains committed to protecting consumers from those companies that fail to safeguard or improperly gather personal information.”

The information released by the Attorney General’s Office and the State Police details data breaches in New Jersey occurring in 2016. Data breaches involve the unauthorized access to personal information, which may include a person’s first and last name linked with a social security number, driver’s license number, or account, debit, or credit card number. Under New Jersey law, any business that operates in New Jersey or any public entity that compiles or maintains computerized records that include personal information must disclose any breach of security to customers who are New Jersey residents and whose personal information was or believed to have been accessed by an unauthorized person.

The business sectors most often involved with breaches include finance/banking, health services followed by business services and retail trade. Other areas include education, restaurant, industrial/manufacturing, hotels, non-profits, non-medical insurance, and telecommunications, among others.

The methods used to breach security were led by phishing, a form of fraud in which the attacker tries to learn information such as login credentials or account information by masquerading as a reputable entity or person in email, instant message or other communication channels, and hacking. Website malware, employee incident, unauthorized email access and ransomware were also utilized.

The Division of Consumer Affairs offers the following Tips to Consumers:

Avoid clicking on e-mail links or attachments from unknown individuals, financial institutions, computer services or government agencies. To check out the message, go to the sender’s legitimate public website, and use the contact information provided.

Adjust device privacy settings to control sharing of data between applications, software and address books.

Choose a strong password containing letters, numbers and symbols. If a website offers two-factor authentication security, use it.

To protect your device from unauthorized access and malware software, install security software, often available from your internet provider, and ensure that firewall and anti-virus protections are updated continually.

Before disposing of any electronic device, wipe the hard drive using specialized software that will overwrite your information; or donate the device to a certified recycling facility that follows government standards for the destruction of data.

Avoid free Wi-Fi, especially for health, financial, and other personal transactions.

Before giving up your personal information to win a contest or participate in a survey, read the “Terms and Conditions” and “Privacy Policy” within the website or app. These sections should clearly lay out how the website will use and share your information.

Under federal law, consumers can get three free credit reports per year through New Jersey law entitles consumers to an additional three free credit reports annually – one from each of the national credit reporting agencies. Scrupulous checking of credit reports, bank and credit card statements, and subscription services can catch identity theft at its earliest stages.

Parents can report concerns about websites directed to children to the Division of Consumer Affairs, which enforces the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Parents should take advantage of parental control software offered by their internet service provider, adjust browser settings to limit children’s access, and review history logs to monitor usage.

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Hack Friday : Black Friday cybercrime is unstoppable.

Hack Friday : Black Friday cybercrime is unstoppable.

By Tal Kopan

11/28/14 8:06 AM EST

This holiday shopping season, kicking off with post-Thanksgiving deals, millions of Americans will almost certainly have their credit or debit card information stolen by overseas hackers.

Just like last year.

Twelve months after data from 40 million cards were stolen from Target, beginning a year of escalating hacks of retailers’ payment card systems, not much has changed beyond awareness.

The absence of federal action reflects the difficulty of improving cybersecurity. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree on the goal of improving the security of the nation’s networks, but disputes over even small details can sidetrack progress. Congressional action has been bogged down in side fights, and industry-led changes have been slow and narrow. Executive action, and power, on the issue is limited, and most administration efforts have been designed to encourage retailers to take extra precautions against theft, rather than apply new regulations.

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Ridgewood Police : Have you been the victim of a cybercrime?


Ridgewood Police : Have you been the victim of a cybercrime?

Ridgewood nJ, Have you been the victim of a cybercrime? Chances are your not alone. Every day more than one million people fall victim to cybercrime. The National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) is pleased to collaborate with Symantec to provide resources for cybercrime victims. provides a wealth of resources related to cybercrime, including prevention tips and steps to take if victimized. This site also allows users to file a complaint about an online crime directly with the Internet Crime Complaint Center.

Please check out the VOICE website today and share with others to help prevent and combat cybercrime.