FBI to help southern Oregon businesses avoid cyber-threats

Medford, Ore.- The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Southern Oregon High Tech Crimes Task Force are teaming up to teach local businesses about cyber-threats.

According to the FBI, damage from cyber attacks, including ransomware, can be devastating.

“The bad guy will encrypt that database, preventing the business from having access to it,” said Special Agent Miles Wiltrout. “Then they’ll ask for a ransom to decrypt it for that business.”

The FBI suggests businesses keep a current backup of their systems in case they’re compromised.

The two organizations are holding a free seminar Thursday, Jan. 12 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Medford Police Department headquarters.

Anyone interested in attending should email [email protected] and include your name, title and the number of those who will be attending.

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