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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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Blake Dowling: WannaCry? No.

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Ransomware has become the fastest growing cyber threat; last week it was a variation called Fatboy, this week is WannaCry. The criminals are targeting everyone from home users to health care systems to big business. Data show that there has been an average of more than 4,000 ransomware attacks every day of this year. That is some serious volume. I know of a dozen entities that have been hit, some hit hard, like 1997 John Lynch chasing you down. On…

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Blake Dowling: A new (politically incorrect) cyber threat, linked to Big Macs

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For better or worse, we live in a politically correct world. On one hand, efforts in that area have created increased awareness of sexism and other social injustices. On the other, some PC speak is patently ridiculous. I read somewhere that is politically incorrect to the word “fat.” I’m told we should say EWI — Enhanced Weight Individual (or stout, overweight, etc.). So, you cannot say “fat-free?” If that’s the case, there’d be a lot of rebranding in the packaged…

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Blake Dowling: New ransomware kicks it up a notch

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Meeting this week with one of our national security partners, SonicWall, we had a fantastic luncheon with some local media partners, clients and Aegis staff. A big topic of conversation — ransomware. A SonicWall firewall can certainly help minimize risk, but there is no 100 percent protection from the constantly changing landscape of cyber threats. Say you are a successful lobbyist, and legislation you want to pass is passing; you keep tweets clean, your email is in a secure cloud, your…

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Blake Dowling: The Russian (hackers) are coming

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We hear about the Russian mob and Russian hackers all the time, especially in politics and technology. The Russian mob is all over the dark web selling ransomware toolkits and fake credit cards. The Russians created ransomware, a threat that continues to wreak havoc all over the world in various forms. We can’t all be comedian Bert Kreischer and be friends with the Russian mob. Nice work, Machine. See the Showtime special about Bert in Russia if you dare. I…

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Blake Dowling: Hacking, weaponized artificial intelligence, ransomware and other fun just for you

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Breaches, hacking, ransomware, cyber threats, weaponized AI, smart toothbrushes are but a few examples of scary tech out there to make your day less than fantastic. Weapons systems that think on its own are in production, with governments racing to catch up on how to regulate these fast-paced advancements. Police and military already use drones and robots to eliminate threats, but (as far as we know) it’s hardware controlled by humans. For example, in the Republic of Texas, police this…

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Today on Context Florida: Radical GOP demagogues, Corinne Brown, saving animals and protecting business from ransomware

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Today on Context Florida: Wisconsin’s primary doesn’t mean that Ted Cruz will be the Republican nominee, but Martin Dyckman says it does make it more likely that the party convention will make old-timers forget the Democrats’ brawl in 1968. Donald Trump won’t be the only raging bull at Cleveland. Cruz will be smashing the china also, refusing to be merely a foil for Trump. Both are radical demagogues. In some ways Trump is the less dangerous one. His only consistent ideology…

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