FTC Announces Agenda for Sept. 7 Event on Ransomware

Washington, DC - The Federal Trade Commission has announced the agenda for its September 7 event looking at ransomware, which is one of the most challenging cybersecurity problems affecting consumers and businesses. Hackers use ransomware to gain access to consumer and business computers and encrypt files including photos, documents and other critical data, demanding a ransom in exchange for the key needed to decrypt the files.

Eight Individuals Charged in Multimillion-Dollar Compounding Pharmacy Fraud Scheme

Miami, Florida - Eight Florida residents were charged in an indictment that was unsealed today for their alleged participation in a multimillion-dollar fraud scheme involving prescription compounding  pharmacies located in the Tampa Bay, Florida, area and in Miami.

Drought Conditions Slow the Growth of Douglas Fir Trees Across the West

Davis, California - Whether growing along the rim of the Grand Canyon or living in the mist with California’s coastal redwoods, Douglas fir trees are consistently sensitive to drought conditions that occur throughout the species’ range in the United States, according to a study led by a researcher at the University of California, Davis.

NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on the Terrorist Attacks in Turkey

Washington, DC - The United States condemns in the strongest terms today’s terrorist attacks in  southeastern Turkey.   Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of those killed, and we wish a speedy recovery to those injured. 

Study finds brain connections key to reading

Cambridge, Massachusetts - A new study from MIT reveals that a brain region dedicated to reading has connections for that skill even before children learn to read.