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Online gambling cyberattacks spike during pandemic lockdown

Malicious cyberattacks against online gambling sites soared during the pandemic lockdown as scammers looked to take advantage of the sites’ increased popularity.

Technology analytics firm Neustar Security recently released its Cyber Threats & Trends Report: Jan-Jun 2020, which details a 151% surge in the number of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks in the first half of 2020 compared to the same period last year.

Worse, these attacks are getting more powerful and lasting longer. While attacks at the lower end of the scale involving 5 Gigabits (Gbps) or lower per second were up over 200% year-on-year – and such attacks represented over 70% of observed attacks – those at the other extreme (involving 100 Gbps or more) were up around 275%.

The longest attack duration this year was five days and 18 hours, the longest Neustar has ever observed, while the largest individual attack size was a whopping

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Permanent Business Closures Spike Because Of Pandemic

Nearly 98,000 U.S. businesses have closed permanently in the six months from March 1 to Aug. 31, according to a running count kept by Yelp that relies on self-reporting by business owners, followed by a vetting by Yelp staff. That is 23% more than said so in mid-July.

An additional 65,000 businesses have closed temporarily, Yelp said.

Businesses set up as solo proprietors, especially in professional services, have withstood the coronavirus pandemic better than most, according to Yelp. On the other hand, restaurants and retail stores continue to suffer from high total closures nationwide.

As of Aug. 31, more than 32,000 restaurants reported themselves to Yelp as closed, with nearly 19,600 indicating that the closures were permanent. The kinds of restaurants with the highest closure totals were breakfast places, hamburger joints, sandwich shops and places specializing in desserts. 

By contrast, pizza places, delis, food trucks and bakeries reported lower numbers

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Spike In Workplace COVID-19 Suits Only Starting, Report Says


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Law360 (September 8, 2020, 8:49 PM EDT) —
The coronavirus pandemic has already spawned nearly 600 lawsuits, with even more litigation on issues like layoffs and sick leave expected once businesses bring back workers and ramp up operations, according to a new report Tuesday from Littler Mendelson PC.

The WPI Labor Day Report 2020, which was produced by the management-side firm’s Workplace Policy Institute, analyzed the effect the ongoing pandemic has had on businesses and workers as both try to navigate the health crisis.

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