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Steph Solis
7 hours ago - News

In Massachusetts, data breaches, threats on the rise

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Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Massachusetts companies and government agencies have seen a twofold increase in data breaches since 2012, according to an Axios Boston review of state data.

What's happening: Data breaches have become more common as hackers grow more sophisticated, experts say, with residents' Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, driver's license details and other sensitive information falling into the wrong hands.

Steph Solis
7 hours ago - Business

How to protect your business from a data breach

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Cybersecurity experts say that people and organizations can take steps to protect their personal data before a cyber attack happens.

Driving the news: Massachusetts companies and government agencies have seen a twofold increase in data breaches since 2012, according to an Axios Boston review of state data.

Pro tip: Cybersecurity experts recommend that individuals and businesses use Have I Been Pwnd to see which of their accounts, if any, have been affected by a breach.

Mike Deehan
7 hours ago - Politics

Warren, Markey push for ending filibuster

Sen. Elizabeth Warren with Rep. Stephen Lynch, City Council President Ed Flynn, Mayor Michelle Wu and Sen. Ed Markey in Dorchester Tuesday.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren with Rep. Stephen Lynch, City Council President Ed Flynn, Mayor Michelle Wu and Sen. Ed Markey in Dorchester Tuesday. Photo: Mike Deehan/Axios

Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey say the Senate must eliminate the filibuster so that the Democratic majority can pass laws to protect civil rights targeted by the Supreme Court.

Driving the news: The pair told a crowd in Dorchester Tuesday that Congress needs to take steps to protect civil liberties and other rights before the conservative-dominated high court negates any further long-standing legal precedent in the wake of its reversal of Roe v. Wade.

3 private pool rentals near Boston starting at $45.50

This 55-gallon heated pool has a 25-ft water slide. Photo courtesy of Swimply.com

Escape the summer heat with these swimming spots, all listed on the pool-sharing service Swimply.

How it works: Pool owners can list their pools for chunks of time, just like homeowners list their properties on Airbnb.

Mike Deehan
Jun 28, 2022 - Politics

GOP accuses Healey of delaying bill recall effort

Mass. Attorney General Maura Healey.
Republicans say Healey intentionally delayed an effort to repeal a law she supports. Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Republicans are accusing Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey of letting politics interfere with her official duties by delaying the effort to recall a law which she supports.

What's happening: Fair and Secure MA says that Healey has dragged her feet on approving a signature-gathering effort to recall a recent law which gives undocumented immigrants the right to obtain driver's licenses.

Mike Deehan
Jun 28, 2022 - Sports

Sons of the Sox play ball in Brockton

David Ortiz and his son D'Angelo Ortiz at Fenway Park last week. Photo: Billie Weiss/Getty Images
David Ortiz and his son D'Angelo Ortiz at Fenway Park last week. Photo: Billie Weiss/Getty Images

The roster for the 2022 Brockton Rox collegiate league baseball team has some familiar-sounding names: Manny Ramirez Jr., Pedro Martinez Jr., D'Angelo Ortiz, Kade Foulke and Jaden Sheffield.

  • They're all sons of former Major League greats who either played for or against the Red Sox.
  • The Future Collegiate Baseball League has eight teams around New England that play throughout the summer.
Steph Solis
Jun 28, 2022 - News

Massachusetts residents support e-bike rebates

Animated illustration of an ebike with electricity lines emitting from the center.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Massachusetts residents support incentives for electric bikes, according to a survey released last week.

  • The MassInc Polling Group, which surveyed 1,002 people on June 8-2, asked about rebates for EVs and e-bikes, as well as funding to electrify public transit.
Steph Solis
Jun 27, 2022 - Business

This Cambridge dispensary caters to women, LGBTQ and older customers

Leah Samura, a Black woman, stands outside what will be her new dispensary.
Leah Samura's mission is to sell cannabis to your friends, parents and grandparents. Photo courtesy of Leah Samura

Harvard Square's first cannabis dispensary — and its first Black-woman-owned business — is on track to open in September, CEO Leah Samura tells Axios.

Driving the news: Yamba Boutique is undergoing architectural review as Samura prepares for its opening.

  • It would be the city's second dispensary. Central Square's Yamba Market — owned by Samura's husband, Sieh, and their business partner, Sean Hope — was the first.