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Officials Warn Of Telemeeting Programs Packed With Malware

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Brian Bull
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During this pandemic, many offices and organizations have moved to teleconference programs like Zoom or Skype for remote meetings.  But law officials say cybersecurity is at risk as criminals try to exploit the demand.

Beth Anne Steele is with the Oregon FBI. She says some crooks will offer free or discounted programs that look legitimate, but are actually loaded with malware.

"When they do that they can gain access to sensitive data or eavesdrop on conversations," Steele explains.

"Now obviously, there’s a lot of legitimate platforms out there to telework. We just ask people to really evaluate the program they are looking at, the platform that they’re using, and make sure they’re taking the appropriate security protocols.”

Steele says consumers can buy directly from an established, reputable telework software company…or research reviews on less familiar brands. Clicking on unfamiliar links is discouraged.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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