Howard County Crippled by Ransomware

Two separate malicious emails were sent to Howard County employees in November.  However, it was not the emails that were dangerous, but the “tracking slips” they downloaded within the malicious emails that led to a massive ransomware infection.  The Kokomo Perspective reported several employees were guilty of downloading these malicious attachments.  Post infection, over 33,000 […]

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Carleton University Corrupted with Ransomware

Carleton University, located in Ontario, Canada was recently hit with ransomware. CBC News stated the extent of the attack is still unknown, as any system that gained access to the main network could’ve been impacted. The ransomware variant used to lock the schools files is not being reported. Current ransom demands for the decryption keys […]

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Pennsylvania Statewide Voter Ballot Recount After Malware Concerns

Ballot Recount May be Court Ordered for Pennsylvania A computer expert from the University of Michigan has released concerns regarding the possibility of malware manipulating electronic voting ballots. These fears are not new. Several people expressed concern regarding the security of voter booths when we held a public poll. However, now the Green party is attempting […]

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PC Matic CEO Delivers Strong Message at Synnex Inspire Event

PC Matic CEO, Rob Cheng, presented at the Synnex Inspire Conference. This is the premier Synnex partner event which occurs on an annual basis.  This event has a total of over 1,300 attendees, with 475 of which being resellers. Rob’s session focused on the growing threat of ransomware and the endpoint security solutions for these […]

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PC Matic MSP Presence at ChannelCon

PC Matic Vice President of Cyber Security, Dodi Glenn, was a featured speaker at CompTIA’s ChannelCon event, presenting on password protection and security vulnerabilities. Hosted annually by CompTIA, ChannelCon is attended by technology vendors, distributors and solution providers, as well as industry influencers, press and analysts from across the IT channel. PC Matic MSP is […]

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San Francisco Muni Losing Over $550K Daily After Ransomware Attack

On November 25, 2016 San Francisco experienced a major ransomware attack that took down their Municipal Transportation Agency, also known as Muni. The ransomware took down over 2,000 Muni payment and scheduling systems. To accommodate the transportation needs of the San Francisco population, the city ordered all of the fare gates to be kept open. […]

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Bigfork School District Paralyzed by Ransomware

Bigfork Schools located in Bigfork, Montana was recently infected with ransomware. The attack led the school’s files to be encrypted. School officials reported to the Billings Gazette that they hoped to have the files restored by this week to finish the grading period. The school did not disclose the ransom demand, or the malware variant […]

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In-Store Malware Scams Claim New PCs Infected With Malware

In-Store Malware Scam According to Kim Komando, there has been quite the controversy regarding Office Depot erroneously deeming various computers with malware. These computers were brand new, just out of the box, and never connected to the internet. So how could they have possibly been infected? They weren’t. Jesse Jones, from KIRO 7, took six […]

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HUD Security Breaches Result in More Than 475,000 Leaked Records

HUD Breaches Leave Thousands Exposed National Mortgage News reported the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) suffered two major breaches in August and September. The first resulted in over 50,000 leaked records, and the second, over 420,000 records. The exposure was through the department’s website, where this private information was inadvertently made public. The individuals […]

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Android Devices Riddled by Repeated Malware Issues

Android devices have been experiencing several security issues lately. Earlier this month, we reported on the malware associated with fake Flash Players on Android devices. Then, BleepingComputer reported Android banking Trojans, which impacted over 200,000 users. Now, it has been discovered, over three million Android devices have firmware installed on them. Firmware, the software that enables […]

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Locky Ransomware Spreads Through Facebook Messenger

Locky Ransomware Maneuvers Past Facebook Security Locky ransomware has wormed its way past the security features of Facebook Messenger. The malware is currently being spread by a malicious image link being sent through the messaging feature of the popular social media platform. Reports suggest Facebook is working to fix the issue. This all started with […]

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Strengthening Cyber Security Infrastructure with Automated Global Whitelist

PC Matic’s Vice President of Cyber Security, Dodi Glenn, recently conducted a webinar regarding how to strengthen cyber security infrastructures with an automated global whitelist approach. During the webinar, Dodi discussed the current threat landscape, malware sample manipulation, and preventative detection with application whitelisting. Dodi shared with the audience the malware trends, and his thoughts […]

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Spencer Chamber of Commerce Infected With Ransomware

In August, ransomware paralyzed the Spencer Chamber of Commerce, in Iowa. The infection was isolated to the Chamber; however, all of the Chamber’s computers run off of one server. Meaning, the infection in that one server, spread to all Chamber computers. Luckily, the infection did not spread to other city departments. The ransomware variant that […]

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Default Deny – The Future to PC Protection

Default Deny What is default deny? Essentially, it is application whitelisting. Application whitelisting is the preventative detection method, proven to be more effective in preventing malware attacks than the traditional methods used by many anti-virus programs. Google senior security engineer, Darren Bilby, has asked for research to be focused on more meaningful defenses such as whitelisting applications, instead […]

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Ransomware Riddles Texan Dermatology Clinic

Seguin Dermatology Clinic, located in Seguin, Texas was hit with ransomware last Friday. According to Express News, confidential data was breached. This includes names, social security numbers and billing codes for medical services. At this time, it is unknown how many patient records were accessed. However, the clinic did notify patients of the security breach […]

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Falsified News Populates News Feeds and Search Engines

Fake news articles aren’t new.  In the past, we have informed readers of various phishing scams, targeting reader’s curiosity with bogus news stories exploiting trending news topics.  Now, fake news stories have made their way onto major search engine results and social media platforms. It’s highly likely you have come across a handful of these articles before, whether you knew it […]

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Over 18K Pension Plans Hacked and Held Ransom

According to BNA, cyber criminals gained access to a pension plans affiliated with Missouri-based Schnucks, Dierbergs Markets and Shop ‘n Save supermarkets.  This hack impacted over 18,000 files, although the information retrieved by the hackers is unknown.  Collin Reischman, a spokesman for United Food and Commercial Workers Local 655 in Ballwin, Missouri reported the organization has […]

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Ransomware Attacks on SMBs Increase by 800%

The ransomware epidemic has taken the world by storm.  It has impacted everyone from large enterprises to home users.  The small and medium businesses (SMBs) have seen a drastic uptake in ransomware attacks in 2016.  This year alone, The Inquirer reported the number of ransomware attacks hitting the SMB market has increased 800%.  Ransomware distributers have found […]

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“I Know I am Protected With PC Matic.” – Karla W., PC Matic Subscriber Since 2012

Karla W. first came to PC Pitstop to meet her PC optimization needs in 2008, and has been a loyal PC Matic subscriber since 2012.  Today I had the opportunity to speak with Karla one-on-one about her experience with our security software.  Prior to using PC Matic, Karla said she experienced various malware attacks.  Which […]

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New Ransomware Found – Russians Are Suspected Creators

New Ransomware, Telecrypt, Released Into the Wild A new ransomware variant was recently found.  BleepingComputer reported the variant, named Telecrypt, requires an internet connection to infect computers.  Telecrypt uses Telegram and command and control servers to execute its infection.  To infect PCs the ransomware requires a binary to launch.  Upon launch, and there is a confirmation process of […]

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