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Stockton High Among Cities for Ransomware

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cyber-attackSTOCKTON — Stockton ranks third on a list of cities with the most prevalence of ransomware attacks, according to malware prevention firm, Malwarebytes.

Researchers analyzed nearly half a million ransomware incidents between July and October. They found incidents of ransomware in 200 countries; 26 percent were in the United States.

“The results of our research shows that cybercriminal gangs have already saturated both the rural and urban U.S. populace with ransomware, yet they are constantly improving their tactics, execution and business model to evade detection by current solutions,” said Adam Kujawa, head of Malware Intelligence at Malwarebytes.

Las Vegas topped the list of U.S. cities with the most ransomware attacks. It was followed by Memphis, Stockton, Detroit, Toledo, Cleveland, Columbus, Buffalo, San Antonio and Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Ransomware is a type of malicious software that blocks access to your data until ransom is paid.

The three most common types of a ransomware detected were Cerber, Locky and CryptoWall. Last fall, researchers detected a surge in Locky incidents that made Locky the predominant ransomware family throughout the United States and in all the top U.S. cities.

Locky was released in February 2016 and has risen to become one of the most prolific ransomware attacks of the year.


Stockton Companies Raise Money for Children’s Home of Stockton

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kids-from-childrens-home-of-stocktonSTOCKTON, CA (January 9, 2017)—Children’s Home of Stockton (CHS) partnered with Dohrmann Insurance Agency in the first annual North Pole Fitbit Challenge, where CHS not only participated but was the beneficiary. The charity challenge included 13 local teams who participated using their Fitbits to virtually walk a total of 4,400 miles from Stockton to the North Pole and back from December 7-14, 2016 to raise money for the kids at the Children’s Home of Stockton. Dohrmann Insurance Agency provided each of their clients with discounted vouchers toward purchasing Fitbit devices at low to no cost as part of their Wellness Program. There were first, second and third place prizes. All entry fees went directly to CHS which totaled approximately $850.00. 

In addition to CHS, the teams included: MJ Hall Golden Bear; AG Spanos; Value Products; The Grupe Company; Belkorp AG; Dohrmann Insurance Agency; Hospice of San Joaquin; Big Valley Ford; Nelson Staffing; Petz Enterprises; and Visionary Home Builders.

The Children’s Home placed second in the number of steps walked, with an average of 97,000 team steps. “This was such a fun challenge and a healthy way to get people moving and build team spirit,” said Chief Executive Officer at the Children’s Home of Stockton, Joelle Gomez.  “We are grateful to Dohrmann and all of the wonderful teams who contributed to the fundraiser and look forward to participating again in the future.”