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FBI Cyber Division Section Chief Warns Of Ransomware

NCSAM 2020 special guest Herb Stapleton on Cybercrime Radio

Steve Morgan, Editor-in-Chief

Northport, N.Y. – Oct. 16, 2020

After the COVID-19 pandemic hit with full force, the number of complaints received by the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3.gov) spiked 3X, according to Herb Stapleton, FBI cyber division section chief.

Stapleton, who has been with the FBI for more than 16 years, joined host Hillarie McClure on the Cybercrime Radio podcast during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2020.

Scammers are notorious for preying on the vulnerable during national disasters and tragic events when people are distracted and let their guards down. Stapleton notes COVID-19 is worse and has spurred more cybercrime because it’s global.

Prior to March (2020), the IC3 was receiving around 1,000 complaints per month and now that figure is up to nearly 3,000.

Cybercrime Radio: Herb Stapleton, FBI Cyber Division Section Chief

Ransomware is on the rise

Stapleton informs ransomware, phishing, and romance scams are all on the rise.

FBI Cyber is particularly concerned with ransomware hitting healthcare providers, hospitals, 911 and first responders. These types of cyberattacks can impact the physical safety of American citizens, and this is the forefront of what Stapleton and his team are focused on.

Phishing remains the most common vector for ransomware infections, as well as other cyber intrusions, including the Business Email Compromise.

Romance scams have been one of the mainstays over the past 15 years. Stapleton notes this type of cybercrime harks back to the beginning of the internet.

Listen to the 30-minute interview with Stapleton. He offers sound cybersecurity advice for all U.S. consumers and businesses. More information can be found on the FBI Cyber site.

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