Cyber Threats Impacting Vulnerable Kūpuna
September 22 & 23, 2023
Ransomware and other threats are becoming more sophisticated as technology evolves, and no one is immune from cyber attacks. CyberHawaii is especially concerned about those most vulnerable to cyber attacks: Hawai‘iʻs fast-growing kūpuna population.
“Many of us know family members who have been victimized by these cyber schemes. Kūpuna are most susceptible to tech support scams as well as those involving free prizes, sweepstakes and lotteries,” said Al Ogata, president and CEO of CyberHawaii. “Kūpuna may be more trusting and willing to receive help from a tech support person they may not know and may be more likely to participate in games of chance to have fun with the fruits of their labor. Unfortunately, older adults who are scammed tend to lose more money than their younger counterparts — sometimes their hard-earned savings.“