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Cybercrime Costs $4.2B Damage in 2020

The damage caused by cybercrime reported to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) rose to $4.2 billion in 2020, the latest figure available. read more >
“One of our philosophies is that the best way to defend yourself is to test yourself. If the hacker does it, we do it.” - Foster Davis, co-founder of BreachBits
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Ransomware, Risks, Cybercrimes and ShameLock Icon

Ransomware attacks on businesses in Arkansas are on the rise, the FBI and IT professionals say, though embarrassment at security breaches means concrete numbers are hard to obtain. read more >
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Cyberattacks Common; Insurance Isn’tLock Icon

As cyberattacks like these become more common and more organizations look to transfer the associated risk to insurers, the availability of such policies has not kept up with demand. read more >
Ronnie Sturch and Alan Pillow of the city of Jonesboro
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Sturch, Pillow Named New Jonesboro Directors (Movers & Shakers)

Ronnie Sturch and Alan Pillow have been selected as new directors by the city of Jonesboro. read more >
Jennifer Fowler of the Arkansas National Science Foundation Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research
Government & Politics

AEDC Places Fowler as Science Foundation Director (Movers & Shakers)

Jennifer Fowler has been named director of the Arkansas National Science Foundation Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. read more >
The federal government has filed a civil lawsuit to seize this home in Lavaca.
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Fed Plans Seizure of Lab Owner’s PropertiesLock Icon

The federal government wants to seize several pieces of property owned by Billy Joe Taylor, which they say were bought with the proceeds of Taylor’s alleged crimes. read more >
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo attends a media briefing last July in New York City.
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Creepy Old Dudes (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

It is rare for a young woman and a much older man to be of similar rank in a professional setting, and that imbalance of power is central to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s problems. read more >
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UA’s Quiet Land Deal Gets Look From FBILock Icon

The FBI has been asking questions about the planned sale of 6,300 acres by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, a deal that has drawn allegations that bid manipulation produced a lower sale price and a higher broker commission. read more >
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Arkansas Lost at Least $22.6M in 2019 Internet Crimes

Arkansas ranked 34th in the nation in the number of victims of internet crimes reported last year with 1,991, according to the “2019 Internet Crime Report,” released by the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center in February. read more >
A screenshot of the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services' Pandemic Unemployment Assistance website at pua.arkansas.gov.
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State Confirms Insurance Claim in Web ‘Breach’Lock Icon

Arkansas officials confirmed last week that the state filed an insurance claim in a May 15 website security lapse that exposed sensitive data on 30,000 Arkansans seeking pandemic unemployment benefits. read more >
A screenshot of the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services' Pandemic Unemployment Assistance website at pua.arkansas.gov.
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Hutchinson, a Flawed Site and Defining Exploitation

Gov. Hutchinson puzzled techies and Luddites alike by making a federal case out of what seemed to be a good Samaritan’s report that the Arkansas Pandemic Unemployment Assistance website was inadvertently revealing applicants’ Social Security and banking numbers. read more >
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Disturbing Past Rises to Haunt Dr. Lonnie ParkerLock Icon

An Arkansas physician who rehabilitated his image, regaining his medical license after going to federal prison on a child pornography charge, is now charged with a felonious relapse — this time accused of overprescribing opioids and other controlled substances. read more >
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China’s Theft of American Innovation (FBI Commentary)

Whether it is through high-tech means or simply grabbing a handful of proprietary grains, the People’s Republic of China has consistently proven that what they lack in creativity and innovation, they make up for in outright theft. read more >
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Happy Egg Lays Claim to Recovered Hacker MoneyLock Icon

Happy Egg, the victim of an email spoofing scam, has filed claims with the federal government to recover any money seized from a bank account set up by the hacker. read more >
Attorney Anton L. Janik Jr. warns his clients about email spoofing scams.
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Spoofing Scams on the Rise, Costing Arkansas Companies Millions

Business email compromise (BEC), a type of fraud that uses fake employee emails, on the rise and shows no signs of slowing down. read more >
Forged signatures of Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio and more penned by John Rogers were chemically removed from bats and donated to youth leagues in Little Rock and Chicago.
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John Rogers’ Counterfeit Bats Redeemed in Youth Baseball LeagueLock Icon

Among the evidence that came into FBI possession during the John Rogers investigation were two batches of baseball bats bearing forged autographs. read more >
South Arkansas Youth Services Inc. filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last month, after losing a bid in 2016 to continue managing the Dermott Juvenile Treatment Center (above) and four other juvenile centers in Arkansas. Two of its former employees, Jennifer and Aric Knight, have been charged with theft.
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Youth Services Bankruptcy Unveils Theft Case, FBI ProbeLock Icon

The FBI and Arkansas’ attorney general are investigating the defunct South Arkansas Youth Services Inc. of Magnolia, according to the nonprofit’s recent bankruptcy filing. read more >
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Arkansas filed a civil lawsuit in February to take Robert Rogers’ home in Rogers because prosecutors allege the property was used as an illegal gambling house. The 4,855-SF home was built in 2006.
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Adviser’s Cash Withdrawals Lead Feds to Sportsbook in RogersLock Icon

A federal investigation into suspicious cash withdrawals from a financial adviser’s personal bank accounts led agents to uncover a large-scale illegal gambling operation in Benton County. read more >
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Lawsuit a Low Note for Arvest Notary

An Oklahoma man who said his name was forged on a loan document is going after the notary who allegedly signed off on the paperwork. read more >
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FBI Peers Into Soul of the South Finances

Inquiries about how the Arkansas Development Finance Authority and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission came to invest more than $1.7 million in Soul of the South's short-lived financial fiasco are being made. read more >