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AG Koster Warns Missouri Consumers About Ransomware Scams
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, August 14, 2016 - Attorney General Chris Koster is warning Missourians that several medical offices and small businesses in Missouri have reported being the victims of recent security attacks to their operating systems. Recent national reports found these types of scams have increased steadily in 2016.

Through technology, hackers gain access to the systems of the office or business and then threaten to sell the company's data and that of the company's patients or customers. In some instances, the compromised systems are unable to be used until the ransom is paid.

"I encourage Missouri businesses and medical offices to take steps to protect themselves and their patients and customers," Attorney General Koster said.

Such steps may include:

  • Back-up systems on a server that is not connected to the internet.
  • Keep updated antivirus software.
  • Keep all the software used up-to-date by applying patches.
  • Remember that many requests for information are phishing attempts; verify any requests for client lists or tax information with a personal telephone call before information is shared.
  • Enable the "Show file extensions" option in the Windows settings on your computer and avoid opening attachments with extensions like "exe," "vbs," and "scr," unless those files are clearly being supplied from someone known to you, such as your virus protection provider.
  • Contact cybercrime law enforcement specialists immediately if a notice is received that ransomware has been installed.
  • If a rogue or unknown process appears on any computer, disconnect the machine from the internet to help prevent the spread of the malicious code.
Contact an information systems specialist to help regain control of the system. Missouri law requires certain businesses whose systems are breached to notify their customers or clients of the breach. Consumers who receive such notices should:

Take advantage of credit monitoring offers. Credit monitoring is one helpful tool to detect whether someone's personal information is being used to attempt to obtain credit or services.

Watch the notices of benefits paid from their insurance companies to detect any irregularities.

Gov. Nixon Presents Flag of Freedom Award to Boeing Aerospace
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, August 14, 2016 - Businesses participating in the Show-Me Heroes program sign a pledge to ramp up efforts to reach out to, recruit and interview veterans for job openings at their business. To date, more than 4,880 Missouri businesses have taken the Show-Me Heroes pledge and have reported hiring 8,315 highly-skilled, highly-trained job seekers who have served in the military.

Gov. Jay Nixon recently joined Leanne Caret, president and CEO, Boeing Defense, Space & Security, in St. Louis to present the company with a Flag of Freedom award, recognizing the company's commitment to hiring veterans through Missouri's Show-Me Heroes program.

"The world wants what Missouri makes, including state-of-the art aerospace produces built by hardworking men and women, many of whom have served our country in uniform," Gov. Nixon said. "Employers know that if they want someone who is hard working and highly skilled - hire a veteran. Through the Show-Me Heroes program, employers like Boeing are honoring our service men and women while helping Missouri become a national leader in manufacturing growth."

The Show-Me Heroes program, established by Gov. Nixon in January 2010, is designed to connect military veterans with job opportunities when they return home from service. Administered by the Missouri Division of Workforce Development, Show-Me Heroes showcases Missouri businesses that are willing and eager to hire veterans.

"Boeing values veterans because they bring leadership, integrity and critical skills that are unique to their military experience," Caret said. "More than 21,000 military service members are employed by Boeing, and we are fortunate to have them continue their service in the private sector as a part of our team."

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