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Fraud warning: Malware scams locking computers for ransom

Laptop computer with padlock and chainFraud experts are warning consumers about a new scam being tracked by the Federal Trade Commission, the FBI, and other federal agencies: Cryptolocker malware, tricky technology that is spread through email, locks your files, and requires a key -- that crooks make you pay a ransom for -- to unlock.

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LifeSmarts 20th anniversary season! Countdown to nationals

LifeSmarts 20th anniversary bannerThe countdown to the 2014 National LifeSmarts Championship has begun! Across the country, LifeSmarts volunteer coordinators are hosting tournaments to determine the state champion teams that will travel to Orlando, Florida, in late April, to compete in the 20th anniversary event for academic scholarships, prizes, and a chance at the national title.

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Target data breach a wake-up call for retailers, policymakers

Close-up of credit card numbersThe period between Thanksgiving and Christmas is the busiest shopping time of the year. This past holiday season wasn’t quite so bright for Target Corp. One of America’s largest retailers, the company suffered the second biggest data breach in U.S. history when data from 40 million credit and debit cards was stolen by hackers. Think you might have been affected?

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