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INSIDE THE VILLAGE: Why cyberattacks are soaring

A leading expert in cybersecurity explains the alarming spike in ransomware attacks — and what you should do to protect yourself

Welcome back to Inside the Village, a one-of-a-kind podcast where all news is local — and no topic is off-limits.

On this week's episode: The scourge of cyberattacks.

Hackers appear as busy as ever these days, breaching the computer networks of some prominent organizations: Scouts Canada, the LCBO — even SickKids Hospital. In Sault Ste. Marie, a crippling case of ransomware forced a local school board to send kids home early for the Christmas holidays.

What's the driving the sudden surge? We ask Sai Huda, a best-selling author and founder of CyberCatch, a leading online security firm.

Launched last year, Inside the Village is a news and current affairs podcast that provides a weekly window into some of the best local journalism from across Village Media's chain of Ontario newsrooms. The program also explores bigger-picture issues that impact people across the province.

Every episode is available on this news site /insidethevillage. If you prefer the audio version, it is available wherever you find your favourite podcasts.

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