FTC Now Offers More Cybersecurity Advice for Small Businesses

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If you own a small business, you know it’s critical to protect your business from cyber threats. On Thursday, the Federal Trade Commission launched new cybersecurity resources for small businesses – you’ll find them at FTC.gov/SmallBusiness. — This article is from the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Information blog. Rosario Méndez is an attorney in the FTC Division of Consumer and Business Education. What better time to check out these new resources than now — it’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and this week’s theme is cybersecurity at work. This new national cybersecurity education campaign grew out of discussions we had last year with small business owners across the country about cybersecurity challenges.


Seven-Year Prison Sentence for John DiMenna, Formerly of Darien, for Fraud Scheme

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John DiMenna, 75, until recently from Darien, was sentenced to seven years and one month in prison for defrauding investors of more than $64 million in frauds related to an “extensive real estate investment and financing scheme.” Many Darien residents invested in DiMenna’s companies and projects. “Through this scheme, victim investors lost approximately $28 million and victim lenders lost approximately $37 million, for a total combined loss of $64.7 million,” according to an announcement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Haven. DiMenna was a Stamford developer who operated through various entities including Seaboard Realty LLC, Seaboard Stamford Investment Group (SSIG), and Seaboard Properties Group LLC. The prosecutor’s office said DiMenna accomplished his frauds in various ways from 2010 to 2016, by giving investors and prospective investors phony financial information.