Charlotte Talks: Protecting Yourself From Cyber Attacks / The Future Of Net Neutrality

Dec 11, 2017

You open up an attachment that looks innocent enough. Suddenly your computer is locked down and a criminal is demanding a ransom to return your files. What do you do?
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Monday, December 11, 2017

How to protect yourself or your business from the kind of ransomware attack Mecklenburg County experienced. Plus we examine what a net neutrality rollback could mean for you.

Mecklenburg County did something unusual last week about something that occurs all too frequently. They said no to a ransomware demand for $23,000 to unlock files locked in a hacker attack.

Even though they refused to pay the ransom, the inconvenience caused by this attack was painful to employees and to citizens trying to do business with the county as officials returned to pen, paper, phone and snail mail. We talk about how you can protect yourself from this kind of criminal attack.

Then, we look at the potential rollback of Obama-era regulations that could happen later this week: the end of net neutrality. Mike Collins finds out what it might mean for you.

Guests

Brian Fung - Tech reporter for The Washington Post

Dr. Bill Chu - Professor, Dept. of Software and Information Systems in the College of Computing and Informatics at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte