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Blake Dowling: Ransomware, the Mob catching up with the times

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Attending a Florida Public Relations Association professional development session, seeing many of the state’s best PR pros in the room was thrilling. Nanette Schimpf from Moore Communications Group; my man Rick Oppenheim (from RB Oppenheim Associates) and the main sponsor of the event, the rock-solid team at Sachs Media Group represented by Ryan Cohn and Jon Peck. The event began with a breakfast that featured the most spectacular bacon, so I was ready for anything – bacon is power, bacon…

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Florida officials blame another glitch on cyberattack

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Florida education officials are blaming a cyberattack for another round of problems with online testing. A Department of Education official acknowledged on Monday that end-of-course exams given by the state were delayed because of a denial of service attack against the testing vendor. The Tampa Bay Times reported that the attack disrupted exams given in U.S. history, biology and civics. This is the second time this year that state officials have blamed a cyberattack for glitches in Florida’s administration of online…

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