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FBI Issues Malware Public Service Announcement, Learn How to Protect Your Data

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The FBI recently issued a public service announcement stating that all owners of small office / home office (SOHO) routers should immediately reboot their devices. Why? The FBI believes that hundreds of thousands of routers worldwide have been infected with a form of malware called “VPN Filter”.   Luckily, all that is necessary to turn off the … Continue reading “FBI Issues Malware Public Service Announcement, Learn How to Protect Your Data”

After Spectre and Meltdown, Google and Microsoft Disclose Another CPU Flaw 

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The discovery of the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities earlier this year was major news throughout the tech industry. These processor vulnerabilities potentially exposed the data of hundreds of millions of popular devices including servers, tablets, and smartphones.  Spectre and Meltdown left the door wide open for hackers to manipulate a CPU data processing efficiency technique to gain access to sensitive information. Companies like Apple and Microsoft … Continue reading “After Spectre and Meltdown, Google and Microsoft Disclose Another CPU Flaw “

Public Schools Are Being Attacked by Hackers More Than Ever

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Cyber security has become a major problem for public schools over the past few years, but 2018 is bringing an unprecedented amount of cyber-attacks on schools all over the United States. Reports of different school districts falling victim to phishing and ransomware attacks are popping up all over the country. Let’s look at some recent attacks, as well as how one state is responding to … Continue reading “Public Schools Are Being Attacked by Hackers More Than Ever”

A New Hacker Group is Targeting the Healthcare Industry and Infecting Medical Equipment with Malware

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A new group of hackers attacking the healthcare industry in the United States, Europe, and Asia have been discovered, according to the security firm Symantec. This new group, named “Orangeworm” by Symantec, are utilizing custom malware called “Kwampirs” to infect and compromise healthcare networks and equipment. Which Devices are Being Targeted by Orangeworm? This new … Continue reading “A New Hacker Group is Targeting the Healthcare Industry and Infecting Medical Equipment with Malware”

Less Than Half of Ransomware Victims Recover Their Data After Paying the Ransom Demand

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A ransomware attack can happen quickly and paralyze a business or company within minutes. Most of the time, these attacks are followed by a ransom note or list of demands from hackers. Many ransomware victims will feel that they must pay the ransom to regain access to their data, but new data shows that may not be the best strategy.  Unfortunately, a survey released this … Continue reading “Less Than Half of Ransomware Victims Recover Their Data After Paying the Ransom Demand”

Atlanta’s Computer Systems Infected with Ransomware, Hackers are Demanding Over $50,000 in Bitcoin

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The city of Atlanta is reeling due to its computer systems being hacked by ransomware last week, and many city departments are still offline. The hackers responsible for the attack are demanding a ransom of $51,000 worth of Bitcoin. This type of brazen cyberattack by hackers shows just how confident cybercriminals are becoming. An Early … Continue reading “Atlanta’s Computer Systems Infected with Ransomware, Hackers are Demanding Over $50,000 in Bitcoin”

A Fake IRS Email Scam is Spreading a New Form of Ransomware

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Have you received a suspicious email from the IRS recently? It could be a trick to infect your computer with ransomware. Hackers are constantly looking for new ways to fool victims, and a new campaign is using fake emails from the Internal Revenue Service. These fake emails are spreading a new form of Ransomware, called … Continue reading “A Fake IRS Email Scam is Spreading a New Form of Ransomware”

Hackers are Using Malware to Generate Cryptocurrencies

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Cryptocurrencies enjoyed an incredible 2017 and are still unbelievably popular in 2018. Ever since Bitcoin’s price skyrocketed throughout last year, cryptocurrencies have been a hot topic for news organizations and financial institutions alike. Some believe Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum, Litecoin, and Monero are the currency of the future, while others believe they … Continue reading “Hackers are Using Malware to Generate Cryptocurrencies”

Spectre and Meltdown Vulnerabilities: What Happened and How to Secure Your Computers

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Just as the calendar turned to 2018, the IT security world was turned on its head when two major security flaws in virtually all modern computers were disclosed to the public. The two vulnerabilities, Spectre and Meltdown, are flaws in modern processors that allow hackers to steal information from the memory of computer programs. These … Continue reading “Spectre and Meltdown Vulnerabilities: What Happened and How to Secure Your Computers”

Insider Threats – Your Organization’s Top Security Risk

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An insider threat is just what it sounds like. Any time an organization’s security is threatened from an employee or third party within, data and profitability are at risk. Vulnerability management helps analyze risk. Threats can be malicious when insiders intentionally cause leaks and data breaches to seek revenge or obtain money. Occasionally, hackers from … Continue reading “Insider Threats – Your Organization’s Top Security Risk”