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Important Cybersecurity Information

Dear Friend,

As you may know, a major cyberattack started last week targeting computer users around the world. Here is important information from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to help you effectively protect yourself and your family.

According to DHS, a computer virus known as WannaCry infected more than 300,000 computers around the world, including users in the United States. This type of computer virus is known as ransomware. It restricts access to a user’s computer and demands a $300 payment to unlock it.

Toensure your security, DHS recommends all American computer users update operating systems and implement vigorous cybersecurity practices at home, work, and school. These practices include:

·       Update systems (and other applications) to include latest patches and software updates.

·       Do not click on or download unfamiliar links or files in emails.

·       Back up your data to prevent possible loss on school, work, or home computers.

Security experts work to protect Americans from these types of attacks, but remind us vigilance is always required. For more information about best practices to address ransomware, please visit https://www.us-cert.gov/security-publications/Ransomware.

In our interconnected world, it’s more important than ever to safeguard the personal information stored across our devices and for government programs promote our national security and our constitutional values. This week, I voted for legislation approved by the House of Representatives called the Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act. This bipartisan bill authorizes the Secret Service’s National Computer Forensics Institute, which assists state, local and tribal law enforcement in combating cybercrime. In Congress, and as a member of the Financial Services Terrorism and Illicit Finance subcommittee, I will continue working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to safeguard us from cyberattacks, provide oversight of government cyber efforts, and protect the constitutional rights we enjoy as Arizonans and Americans.

We are honored to serve in Congress on behalf of Arizona families like yours. We always appreciate hearing from you on current topics and issues that are important to you. If there is an issue that concerns you, please let us know by clicking this link or by calling our Phoenix office: 602-956-2285. Be sure to stay connected through our Facebook and Twitter accounts, and let us know how we can be of service.

Sincerely,

Kyrsten

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