Capitol Hacking Demo Shows Just How Easy it is for Someone to Steal Your Information


North Dakota’s top cybersecurity team reminds us, we are targeted by hackers 5.7 million times a month. 

The state’s Chief Information Officer held a two-day hacking demonstration at the Capitol.

The goal was to educate legislators and the public about threats North Dakota receives every day. And, to show people just how easy it is for hackers to get your information.

The device that they used for the demo hack is inexpensive and relatively easy to use, meaning almost anyone could be a hacker today.

The Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley explains, “Things as simple as this USB key, we’ve been able to show and demonstrate here how you can plug this into a machine, and just take over the machine in under 30 seconds.”

The demonstrators also showed us the map pictured above. It shows that attacks on North Dakota are coming from virtually all over the world.

Riley has some tips for protecting yourself at home:

 – Don’t plug a USB drive that you don’t recognize into your computer.
 – Don’t open any emails from a sender that you don’t know. 
 – And, when in doubt, verify your phone calls and text messages to make sure the person you are speaking to, is who they really say they are. 

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