Chris Murphy, owner of Fastek, stands inside his office at the cybersecurity business at 1330 Carter Road.

Ransomware attacks, business email compromise and other cybercrimes are on the rise throughout the world — and Owensboro is no exception, according to local cybersecurity expert Chris Murphy.

“Over the last 12 months, there have been some attacks with people doing real estate transactions, and the bad guys get in the middle and try to have them wire that $1 million-plus payment to a fraudulent account,” Murphy said.

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