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Optometry Office Hit by ‘Ransom’ Cyberattack

The hackers asked for $4,000.

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An optometric office in Prospect, CT, was hit by a cyberattack in which the word “Ransom” appeared on computer screens throughout the business.

The practice — Dr. Thomas DeLuca, Dr. Anthony Marciano & Associates — fell victim in late November to a ransomware attack, where the computers are frozen until the owner pays a ransom, the Republican-American reports.

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Personal information on 26,000 patients was also taken.

In a Jan. 25 statement posted on its website, the practice said: “At this time, we are not aware of any attempted or actual misuse of anyone’s information as a result of this incident.

“However, we have sent notification letters to potentially impacted individuals out of an abundance of caution to notify them of this incident and to provide resources to assist them.”

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DeLuca said the hackers wanted $4,000, but he didn’t pay it.

“If I paid, my IT person said they’ll freeze (the computers) again,” he told the Republican-American. “I had good security, I have a good company, I don’t know how it got through.”

Read more at the Republican-American

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Vision Care Company to Add 8 Centers Across US

The practices are in California, Florida, Michigan and Texas.

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Treehouse Eyes, a company specializing in myopia care for children, has added 8 location in four states.

The practices are in California, Florida, Michigan and Texas, Healio.com reports.

The company’s original two locations are located in the Washington, DC-area communities of Bethesda and Tysons Corner, according to its website.

Healio.com quoted Gary Gerber, OD, co-founder of the company, saying, “By partnering with carefully vetted practices that meet certain predetermined requirements, we will rapidly accelerate myopia management within those practices and will continue our growth across the country and are currently lining up partners outside the U.S.”

Gerber said 20 more practices will be added to the U.S. network in 2020.

Read more at the Healio.com

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Sports Eyewear Brand Acquired

Its products include sunglasses, goggles, helmets and prescription eyewear.

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BOSTON, MA — Bollé Brands announced that it has acquired the Spy Optic brand, a move that “signals a strong commitment to playing a leading role in the premium performance sports and sports lifestyle eyewear and helmets markets.”

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Founded in 1994 and based in Southern California, Spy Optic designs, markets and distributes premium sunglasses, goggles, helmets and prescription eyewear. Spy Optic joins Bollé’s brand portfolio of Bollé, Bollé Safety, Serengeti, Cébé and H2Optix.

“We are excited to have acquired such an amazing brand. SPY Optic has its own unique and irreverent identity with huge growth potential in North America, its home market, and internationally where SPY Optic will leverage our Bollé Brands international distribution network,” said Peter Smith, CEO of Bollé Brands. “Our dedicated approach, support, and investment will drive exciting new developments in product innovation and design which will form the basis of considerable global growth. This new acquisition establishes Bollé Brands as one of the key players in the premium performance sport and lifestyle eyewear and helmets markets.”

Bollé was acquired by A&M Capital Europe in August 2018.

 

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These Eyeglasses Block Facial Recognition Technology (VIDEO)

They’re called IRpair and Phantom.

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Chicago startup firm Reflectacles is creating eyeglasses to thwart facial recognition technology, Chicago Inno reports.

The company is raising money via Kickstarter for its latest products, called IRpair and Phantom. They’re expected to be delivered in April.

Chicago Inno reports that they “block 3D infrared facial mapping during both day and night and block 2D video algorithm-based facial recognition on cameras with infrared for illumination.”

Company founder founder Scott Urban says he’s heard from people in other countries who want to stay out of facial recognition data banks while participating in protests.

So far, about $34,000 has been pledged on Kickstarter from 193 backers.

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