January 2022

FBI warns of malicious flash drives mailed to the public

An organized group of cyber attackers–the same group responsible for the pipeline ransomware attack–are mailing malicious USB flash drives to the public.

Some of the flash drives have contained a message impersonating the US Department of Health and Human Services and claim to be a COVID-19 warning, and other drives were sent with a gift card claiming to be from Amazon. These flash drives install ransomware (malicious software that blocks access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid) on the computer into which they are inserted. Be wary of a USB drive if you do not know exactly from where it came.

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Ransomware warning: Cyber criminals are mailing out USB drives that install malware

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Harrison County Public Library’s hotspot collection grows to meet community need

HCPL recently added ten AT&T Unite Express 2 mobile hotspots and ten Verizon MiFi 8800L hotspots to the circulating collection. An additional eleven T-Mobile by Sprint hotspots will arrive in the near future.

Hotspots are available to check out at all HCPL locations. If you wish to place a hold on a hotspot to pick up at your branch, you may call and request that our staff place a hold for you or search for the term “hotspot” on HCPL’s online catalog. You will be prompted to enter your library card number, PIN and pickup library, and you will receive a phone call when your hotspot is ready to pick up!

If you do not have a Harrison County Public Library card or your card has expired, you can apply for a card at your local branch or by clicking here.

An adult 18 years of age or older who has a current resident HCPL library card in good standing may check out a hotspot. To view HCPL’s hotspot checkout policy, please click here.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

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