Ransomware Attacks Two Medical Facilities

Two Medical Organizations Release Statements Regarding Ransomware Attacks Airway Oxygen Inc. Airway Oxygen Inc., a Michigan medical supply company, informed its patients of a ransomware attack that took place in mid-April.  The ransomware variant was not disclosed, nor was the amount of the ransom demand.  Airway Oxygen did not disclose if they paid the ransom, […]

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WannaCry Continues to Infect Business Operations

Wanacrypt0r ransom screen

WannaCry Attacks Again… It has been over a month since the world was introduced to WannaCry ransomware.  However, even with increased awareness and preventative options in place, businesses are still being effected.  A Honda plant in Japan was the most recent victim of the WannaCry epidemic.  On June 18, 2017, the plant had to temporarily […]

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Victim Pays $1M in Ransom After 153 Linux Servers Became Infected

Linux is not immune — 153 infections leading to 3,400 websites down The largest ransomware payout in history is taking place at this very moment.  Nayana, a web hosting company located in South Korea, was hit with ransomware on June 10th.  The ransomware variant, Erebus, successfully infiltrated 153 Linux servers, allowing the cyber criminals access […]

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Streaming Services Pushed Offline After Ransomware Hit 

This is New — Ransomware Attacks Streaming Services Ransomware has hit schools, small businesses, large conglomerates, churches, and medical facilities — but now reports have been made that a California radio station has been hit.  KQED out of San Francisco was hit with ransomware late last week.  The unknown ransomware variant took down the radio’s […]

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Midwestern Hospital Infected With Ransomware

Iowan Hospital Paralyzed by Ransomware On June 14, 2017 an unknown ransomware variant infected the Waverly Health Center, a hospital located in Waverly, Iowa.  Fortunately, the facility encrypts all of their patient data.  Therefore, the hackers were unable to obtain any of the patient’s personal information.  Although, the hackers were able to infect the systems, […]

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Infographic: Blacklist Vs. Whitelist with Fileless Malware Detection

Blacklist or Whitelist?  Which Keeps Your Data Safer? Most of the security products on the market rely on a blacklist approach to detect and prevent malware.  But is it effective?  An alternative approach, whitelisting, is also available.  However, which is better for you?  Follow the infographic below to learn more about the difference between the […]

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Ransomware Attack Leads Hospitals to Suspend Emails

Unknown Ransomware Variant Infiltrates University College London The University College London (UCL) was hit with a ransomware attack yesterday afternoon.  After the UCL shared their systems had been infected, concerns were raised that another global ransomware attack, similar to WannaCry, was on its way.  Due to the strong ties between the UCL and the University […]

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Apple Declines to Comment on Growing Malware Threats

Ransomware & Spyware Targets Apple’s Mac Computers With Apple’s market share growing, it is fair to assume cyber criminals will broaden their hacking horizons beyond Windows PCs.  Recently, ransomware was found targeting Mac computers.  Ransomware, or the malicious software that encrypts user data and demands payment in order for the user to regain access, has […]

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Is Microsoft Ruining Software Companies Lives?

Does Kaspersky Have a Point? Last week an article was written regarding Kaspersky filing an antitrust complaint to the European Union, targeting Microsoft.  Kaspersky claimed Microsoft has put up various road blocks for third-party anti-virus (AV) companies, making it impossible to stay on a level playing field. The article published last week generated a large […]

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Fileless Malware Spreads Overseas Without a Single Click

Recent Fileless Malware Attack Runs Rampant A recent fileless malware campaign came to light over the weekend, which infected computers in various locations.  According to Engadget, the malware campaign targeted businesses in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.  The malware was distributed via a malicious email with a hyperlink to an “invoice” or “order number”. […]

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Zero-Day Attacks: What They Are & How to Stay Protected

What’s a Zero Day Attack? One of PC Pitstop’s contributors, Leo Notenboom from Ask Leo!, recently wrote a post on what a zero-day attack is.  Leo went into great detail explaining this exploitation methodology.  The short version is, a zero-day attack occurs when cyber criminals exploit a software vulnerability that is not publicly known.  The term zero-day comes […]

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PC Pitstop Welcomes Relationship-Building Calls from Investors

By: Deborah Balshem Published to: Mergermarket,  the leading provider of forward-looking M&A intelligence and data to M&A professionals and corporates around the world. PC Pitstop, a privately held anti-virus software firm, would like to develop relationships with the investment community now in anticipation of a future outside investment, said CEO Rob Cheng. The 57-year-old executive […]

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The Top 10 Ransomware Myths Busted

Ransomware has become a popular topic over the last month.  The increased awareness to this growing cyber threat can likely be attributed to the WannaCry ransomware attack that hit worldwide in mid-May.  However, there are still several misconceptions regarding this form of malware. Top 10 Ransomware Myths Ransomware is just a virus. False – Ransomware […]

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Kaspersky Targets Microsoft in Complaint to European Union

Antitrust Complaint Filed Against Microsoft Kaspersky has filed a complaint with the European Union (EU) against Microsoft.  The complaint claims Microsoft is putting up road blocks up against security companies from having the ability to compete on a level playing field.  According to Bloomberg, Kaspersky believes Microsoft is driving up the cost of third-party security […]

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PSA: Two Scams Feed From WannaCry Frenzy

Security Scams Increase After WannaCry Outbreak WannaCry is a ransomware variant that hit the globe mid-May causing an IT disaster for major businesses worldwide.  The WannaCry infection was likely the most publicized ransomware attack to date.  Due to the high publicity, public awareness of cyber treats increased.  However, it also invoked fear into many.  This […]

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Shifting Cyber Security Industry Focus To Detection Rates

Security Strategy – Shifting the Industry’s Focus Rob Cheng, founder and CEO of PC Matic, was featured on Malware Threats Exploding: Profit with New Endpoint Security, a channel cast  hosted by The Channel Co.  During which, Rob shared his stance on the importance of preventative malware detection.  As well as stressing, security solution consumers need […]

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Varnex Regional Event Led to Immediate Partnerships

In February, PC Matic’s CEO and founder Rob Cheng, and Channel Sales Manager, Hope Gauthier, attended the Varnex Regional event.  This event was exclusive to a limited number of resellers who are searching for the best security solution to offer their consumers.  The message of PC Matic Pro was welcomed with open arms, leading to […]

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WanaCrypt0r Analysis Part II – SMB Exploit and Worm Component

Wanacrypt0r ransom screen

Introduction Part II of the WanaCrypt0r code analysis has arrived. We’re going to be starting out where we left off last time, which is with the Microsoft Windows MS17-010 Server Message Block (SMB) exploit/”worm component” that made the ransomware so dangerous by allowing it to spread to other vulnerable (not patched) systems on the network […]

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98% of WannaCry Infections Occurred on Windows 7 Machines

Window XP Held Strong Against WannaCry – Despite Initial Reports The ransomware that took the world by storm in mid-May was found to be far less successful on Windows XP computers than originally thought.  WannaCry ransomware was believed to spread vigorously due to the outdated Windows XP operating system.  However, according to a recent study, […]

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Chipotle Reports Data Breach Impacted Almost All Restaurants

Burritos and Breaches Popular restaurant, Chipotle, has been a recent victim of a data breach.  The restaurant reported almost all of their Chipotle locations were impacted, as well as their Pizzeria Locale eateries.  Current reports are suggesting the breach was executed through the company’s point-of-sale (PoS) system.  The information exposed included credit card numbers, expiration dates […]

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Students Breach Camberwell High School’s IT Department

  Breach Leads to Personal Information Posted Online Investigations continue as Camberwell High School’s IT department was breached.  It is believed students of the school obtained staff login credentials, which led to the breach.  Students were able to obtain personal information of students and their families.  This information included Medicaid numbers, addresses, phone numbers and […]

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Why is the Healthcare Industry More Prone to Cyber-attacks?

Healthcare Industry – An Easy Target Over the past few days, we’ve seen a new ransomware called WannaCry or WannaCrypt wreak havoc across the globe, infecting hundreds of large corporations, such as FedEx, Telefonica, and Britain’s National Health Service (NHS). Though the ransomware continued to infect computers at a more subdued pace, many corporations are […]

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WanaCrypt0r – A dive into the code

Wanacrypt0r ransom screen

Introduction During the past few days, as one might expect, we’ve been getting lots of news, reports, and files for the ransomware entitled WanaCrypt0r/WannaCry/WanaCrypt. First and foremost, the good news is that customers of PC Matic SuperShield were protected from WanaCrypt0r the entire time. However, this post aims to provide a technical analysis of how […]

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