NJ digital divide is shrinking, but challenges remain amid pandemic

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The New Jersey Community Development Corp. distributed over 200 Chromebooks and grocery gift cards in Paterson to help students during the pandemic.

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Parents lined up at schools in Dover, Haledon and Camden this week to pick up computer devices for their children, as New Jersey makes strides to close a digital divide that has strained families and schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.

About 35,000 students across the state still lack computer devices or internet connections at home, a big improvement from the 231,000 tallied in August, according to a New Jersey Department of Education survey earlier this month.

But while the number is narrowing, it doesn’t give a full picture of remote-learning challenges, say advocates and school leaders.

“We’re in a good place when it comes to devices,” said Norma Fernandez, deputy superintendent of Jersey City’s schools. “But the digital divide does go beyond access to WiFi and

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Dark web: Underground forums remain a hotbed of COVID-19 scams

From fake coronavirus ‘cures’ to counterfeit travel documents and scam calling services, COVID-19 continues to offer plenty of monetization opportunities for cyber criminals, say researchers from Trustwave.

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Your valuable data could be at risk.

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Fake COVID-19 cures, counterfeit travel documents and scam call services are amongst the services being traded on the dark web, as cyber criminals continue to look for ways of exploiting the 2020 health crisis.

Cybercrime has been a persistent issue throughout 2020 as uncertainties around the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent shift to remote working have opened up new ways for crooks to cash in on the situation.

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In closed forums on the dark web, criminals are trading vast databases of consumer information gathered via data breaches and phishing attacks, but also through readily-available government databases.

Cybersecurity firm Trustwave has been monitoring activity related to COVID-19

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