‘Be skeptical’: Sen. Louis DiPalma fell victim to a cybersecurity scam. You could, too.


MIDDLETOWN – State Sen. Louis DiPalma is an engineer who has been active in the field of cybersecurity for years, but he, like millions of others, has been the victim of cybercrime.

“I had someone apply for unemployment insurance in my name,” said DiPalma, a Democrat whose district covers parts of Middletown, Newport, Tiverton and Little Compton. “They were able to get one week.”

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Just within Rhode Island, millions of dollars in unemployment fraud took place during the pandemic, DiPalma said.

He made the comments during the fifth annual Cyber Hygiene Event he co-hosts with U.S. Congressman James Langevin, D-RI, to make people aware of various cyber exploitations and the practical steps people can take to protect themselves, their families and their identities and data from cyberattacks.

This year’s guest was Michael Tetreault, an employee of…

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