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The hackers are Russian speakers from DarkSide, one of dozens of ransomware gangs that specialize in double extortion, in which the criminals steal an organization's data before encrypting it. They then threaten to dump that data online if the victim doesn't pay up, creating a second disincentive to trying to recover without paying.

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Long before “Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy” became a hit for CNN, the actor was raving about pasta and, in this movie’s over-the-top climax, literally planting a smooch on it.

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The ransomware scourge — in which criminals hold data hostage by scrambling it until victims pay up — reached epic dimensions in 2020, dovetailing terribly with the COVID-19 plague. In Germany, a patient turned away from the emergency room of a hospital whose IT system was paralyzed by an attack died on the way to another hospital.

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Over the course of the last several weeks, it seems Iredell County has been the target of numerous telephone scams and fraudulent schemes. The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office just this week has received numerous calls and filed several reports about telephone scams. The majority of our reports stem from a call received from a person stating they are a member of the sheriff’s office staff. These callers then make up some type of story which ultimately leads to the call receiver needing to pay a fine or fee.

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Over the course of the last several weeks, it seems Iredell County has been the target of numerous telephone scams and fraudulent schemes. The…

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DURHAM — The malware entered the North Carolina transmission-manufacturing plant’s computer network by the way of email in August 2016, just as the criminals wanted, spreading like a virus and threatening to lock up the production line until the company paid a ransom.

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