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Pipeline Shut Down Due to Ransomware Attack

The US Government had its hand forced last week as one of the major pipelines in the nation, the Colonial Pipeline, was the victim of the largest US oil company infrastructure cyber-attack ever. The pipeline, which carries “45% of the East Coast’s supply of diesel, petrol and jet fuel,” according to the BBC, is shut down indefinitely, causing gasoline prices to spike.

Uber, Fire Departments move towards Electric Vehicles

Uber announced in 2020 that it would become fully electric by 2040 in North America, which is why it’s not surprising that they have announced a partnership with Arrival, an electric vehicle manufacturer, to create a vehicle specifically for drivers of their platform.

Eversource Suffers Data Breach

If you are a customer of Eversource Energy, you might have gotten a notice recently about a data breach the energy company suffered which exposed the names, addresses, phone numbers, social security numbers, service addresses, and account numbers of its customers.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution in the next decade?

If you were to predict what the greatest change in business would be in a post-2020 world what would you say? Sure, more people will likely be washing their hands, but in actuality, the shift to remote work fast-tracked the next industrial leap: Industry 4.0.

Before the pandemic, manufacturers were already moving towards smart technology applications, whether through robotics, autonomous vehicles, or Internet of Things (IoT) devices that tie them all together.

Ransomware Attacks Grow 485% in 2020

Ransomware attacks grew 485% in 2020 compared to 2019, according to Bitdefender’s recently-released “2020 Consumer Threat Landscape Report”

According to the report, “Since the world had to adapt to remote work, and staying at home became the new normal, threat actors have also updated their spam-sending tactics by focusing more on delivering seemingly legitimate emails, in an attempt to maximize their chances of infecting users.

Malware Attack Brings Vehicle Inspections to a Halt in 8 States

Motor vehicle inspections in eight states were stalled after emissions testing company Applus+ Technologies suffered a malware attack which took state systems, including those in Massachusetts and Connecticut, offline.

According to Applus+, “On Tuesday, March 30, 2021, Applus detected and stopped a malware attack which temporarily interrupted the process of conducting vehicle inspections.

Massive Container Shortage Causes Worldwide Supply Chain Stall

Are you waiting for a laptop? When’s the last time you were at COSTCO? Did you notice a lack of cheeses available? Believe it or not, these two things are related and part of the same issue that has come up over the past year.

In ports across the world, shipping containers are stuck waiting to be loaded up or have goods dropped off but are facing continuous bottlenecks.

Beacon Hill to extend tax relief to some PPP recipients

Did your business receive a PPP loan in FY2020? You need to know this: as of this writing, lawmakers on Beacon Hill are expected to pass a bill which will extend tax relief to include Massachusetts businesses who received loan forgiveness for Paycheck Protection Program loans.