Crime, Education, Sci-Tech

Superintendent Williams: No data was stolen during BCPS ransomware attack

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Darryl Williams on Wednesday issued an update on the ransomware attack that plagued the school system back in November. In the statement, Dr. Williams states that “there is no evidence that any data was accessed or stolen.” The full statement from Dr. Williams is below: “Dear BCPS Community, As we head into the …


Crime, Police/Fire, Sci-Tech

Maryland State Police warning parents about increase in online child sex exploitation cases

BALTIMORE, MD—With both children and adults spending more time online due to virtual learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Maryland State Police officials are reminding those of all ages to be vigilant with regard to internet safety. According to the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit, cyber tips concerning the potential sexual exploitation of children have increased considerably over the …


TSA holiday screening volumes tick above 1M on several days during Thanksgiving travel period

BALTIMORE, MD—The Transportation Security Administration reported screening more than 1 million airline passengers on four individual days during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period, which began Friday, November 20 and ended Sunday, November 29. The total travel volume of passengers screened by the TSA over the 10-day period was approximately 9.5 million passengers, with volumes ranging from 35% to 45% of …

Scammers posing as Maryland State Board of Elections to obtain Social Security Numbers

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Authorities are warning Marylanders of a new scam circulating throughout the state. Some residents have been called and asked to verify their Social Security Numbers in order to process their ballots. The callers fraudulently identify themselves as members of the Maryland State Board of Elections. Citizens are advised to not give out their Social Security Number to anyone over …

TSA prepares for summer travelers with updated security procedures

WASHINGTON, DC—With the Memorial Day holiday weekend kicking off the start of summer, the Transportation Security Administration is preparing a very different travel season given the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. TSA has implemented changes to the security screening process that reduce the potential for cross-contamination at the security checkpoint in an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. TSA has …

Marriott data breach impacts up to 5.2 million guests

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Marriott International announced on Tuesday that the names, addresses, account numbers, and other data of approximately 5.2 million guests may have been exposed in a massive data breach. This marks the second major breach to hit the hotel chain in less than 24 months. The company says that hotels operated and franchised under Marriott’s brands use an application to …

Gov. Hogan: Shopping malls to close, BWI access restricted

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan held a press conference on Thursday morning to address the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. At this hour, Maryland has 107 confirmed cases of COVIDー19, an 88 percent increase in 48 hours. On Wednesday night, Governor Hogan announced the state’s first death as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, officials confirmed that a 5-year-old girl in …