Friday, September 14, 2018

Boyette, Thompson Warn of Cyberattacks During Hurricane Florence

Raleigh, N.C. – State Chief Information Officer Eric Boyette and State Chief Risk Officer Maria Thompson are urging North Carolinians to be cautious of cybercrime before, during, and after Hurricane Florence.

Cybercriminals take advantage of natural disasters such as hurricanes to solicit personal information illegally and to take advantage of vulnerable infrastructures, disaster victims and volunteers by phishing. Phishing is when a criminal sends out an email, text message, or even a phone call pretending to be a reputable and legitimate source in order to obtain personal information such as credit card and Social Security numbers.

“Be cautious and stay vigilant,” said State Chief Risk Officer Maria Thompson. “Let’s ensure one disaster does not lead to another.  Phishing threats are real. Cybercriminals will use every tactic in their arsenal to deprive citizens of their information and ultimately their financial assets.”
Beware of the cyber attack during the hurricane Florence



Take these steps to prevent being taken advantage of by cybercriminals:

1. Carefully look at email and web addresses since cybercriminals will make them look as legitimate as possible, often using variations of spellings. The URL may have a different domain, such as .gov instead of .net.
2. Do not click on links in emails from anyone unless you know and have verified the sender of the email.
3. Take time to look at the sender’s email address. Do not click on any links until you are certain the organization is real. Check the organization’s website for its contact information and use sites such as www.charitynavigator.org to verify a charity organization.
4. Make sure all of your anti-virus software is up to date and you’ve enacted the anti-phishing software provided by your email client.
5. Phishing emails and phone calls may also try to pose as official disaster aid organizations such as FEMA. A true FEMA representative will never ask personal banking information, Social Security number, or registration number.
“We all need to be mindful of the value the data we have and use every day,” said Eric Boyette, State Chief Information Officer and Secretary of the Department of Information Technology. “Too many people are vulnerable during natural disasters and it is imperative to take necessary precautions to protect yourself. Think of it as preparing an emergency kit for your personal data.”

Date: September 14, 2018
Contact: Maggie Bizzell
              maggie.bizzell@nc.gov
              (919) 616-4801


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Friday, September 22, 2017

Rush Hour Karting pledges to raise $25000 for the Hurricane victims

Rush Hour Karting raise fundings for Hurricane Victims US East Coast
Rush Hour Karting to raise funds for the  Hurricane victims
The past few weeks have caused major turbulence in the US east coast as well as the Carribean islands and other islands in its vicinity.  The positive note about these natural calamities is that many people are coming together to support each other,  even when they are in different regions.

Rush Hour Karting in Garner, North Carolina is dedicating the entire month of September to raise funding for the Hurricane victims.  All the proceeds from this fundraiser will be presented to the American Red Cross for relief efforts. Their goal is to raise $25,000 and we all can help them share the word.
Rush Hour Karting, located in Garner, N.C., is dedicating the entire month of September to raising funds for Hurricane Harvey victims. Starting immediately, one dollar will be donated to the Red Cross for every race purchased. Additionally, racers can get their second race free by donating $12.

 "It is our responsibility as business owners to stay involved and assist those in need, not just in our community, but in EVERY community that is in dire need of help.  And the devastation in Houston, Corpus Christi, and all of southern Texas and Louisiana, requires all of us to come together, and use our resources to get involved, any which way we can.  And, even though we are a business which entails fun and entertainment, even though we are 1,500 miles away, we still must strive to make a difference for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.  We are still one great and beautiful nation together. So come, race, have some fun, and know that we are still helping and thinking of our brothers and sisters that will get back on their feet, and be riding go-karts also, very soon!” – Adam Saad, Owner / Operator, of  Rush Hour Karting said on 8/31/2017

About Rush Hour Karting
Since 2005, Rush Hour has been known to have the fastest karts in North Carolina. No matter what it’s like outside, it's always racing time at their indoor facility. With their European designed carts going around 40 mph over 1/3 mile track with hairpin curves and high-speed straights, this indoor racing is not like your typical family fun park. After the indoor karting rush, cool down at their sports tavern! All food is made in-house, and they're known to have some of the best gourmet burgers in town!

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