FBI warns local business owners of cyber attacks

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) — The FBI met with a group of contractors at Sandia Resort on Saturday to teach them about cybersecurity and keeping their businesses safe. New Mexico organizations have been the target of several attacks earlier this year, including at Albuquerque Public Schools and Bernalillo County.

The FBI says one of the first things businesses should do is contact them if they’ve been attacked. “If there’s a threat, if there’s a cybersecurity threat to your business, you need to contact the FBI,” says Special Agent Raul Buzanda. “I’m not saying we should be your first call, but we should b your second call.”

“Our message to them is to reach us often because we may have those decryption keys. We may have a solution because the individuals who attacked you today attacked another business in another state last week,” He says further.

According to the FBI, the ransomware attacks cost the people of New Mexico $150,000.

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