Cyber security watch

Published: Jan. 30, 2019 at 11:59 AM CST
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Technology may be ruling many people's lives but one thing you don't want to be ruling your life, is a hacker. The Information Technology Department of the State of North Dakota joined with other security experts to provide real hacker demonstrations and how to prevent them from happening.

Wi-Fi is not only the ability to connect to the internet but it enables anyone to have a connection, wirelessly.

"Any platform has the ability to be exploited and that's part of what we're demonstrating today, several attacks that can be used on any system," said Shawn Riley, North Dakota Information Technology Department chief information officer.

Riley says the threat is real and it's important for people to understand how to recognize it, when you see it.

"How we can send you information from a certain website, you think that website is legitimate, but it's actually a fake website that's made to look like a legitimate site, made to steal social security numbers, birth dates, credit card information, etc." he said.

And not to just link to any Wi-Fi.

"You might connect to it cause it says super-fast Wi-Fi, and we actually have the ability to leach all of your information when you connect to that network," said Riley.

Through the demos, Riley says keeping control of your accounts is key, and not to click unless you absolutely know where it's from.

"You get a message, by the time you click that fishing message and you realize it takes you to the right site, but they already got all your information that fast," said Marietta Kemmet, executive assistant to ND Indian Affairs.

Kemmet says she has gotten many fishing emails, and she is unsure she has an alternative.

"If I question them I to go right to the source, for instance, a couple of different banks, a couple of different streaming sites, emails saying your account is locked, click here, and no I'm not clicking I'm going to the source directly," she said.

Kemmet says she's learned to not follow cyber spammers fear tactics.