Two Spyware Companies, Retina-X and FlexiSpy, Fail to Notify Customers of Data Breach

130,000 Spyware Customer Records Leaked According to Motherboard, two companies that sell spyware to direct customers, Retina-X and FlexiSpy, have suffered a major breach.  Between the two companies, it is believed over 130,000 records were compromised.  Along with customer records, company records were allegedly exposed, as well as photos and text messages acquired by Retina-X. […]

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Newark City Hall Held Hostage – $30K Ransom Demanded

Ransomware Strikes Again… This time, it was the City Hall in Newark, New Jersey.  The attack reportedly began on Friday, April 21st, and continued to spread over the weekend.  According to KnowBe4, Seth Wainer, Chief Information Officer for the City of Newark, reported, “The virus compromised our network and disrupted many services that we offer. […]

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Healthcare Industry Projected to Spend Over $65B in Cyber Security in the Next 5 Years

The healthcare industry has become one of the primary targets for cyber security attacks, and they know it.  Therefore, in an attempt to block cyber criminals from attacking their facilities, the healthcare industry plans to increase their cyber security budgets.  According to the Herjavec Group, in the next five years, medical facilities will spend over […]

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Second Webroot Fail This Year — and 2017 Isn’t Even Half Over…

Webroot Whoops… Yesterday, major issues arose for the millions of users of Webroot.  The well-known anti-virus began classifying several different Windows files as general malware, leaving critical files quarantined.  Therefore, Windows was not able to fully function.  As if that wasn’t bad enough, ZDNet reports, “Many independent tweets confirmed that several major websites, including Bloomberg […]

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Erie County Medical Systems Remain Down Almost Two Weeks After Attack

Erie County Medical Center Remains Down 13 Days After Attack Erie County Medical Center, located in Buffalo, New York was recently hit with a virus, leaving its systems down for the last 13 days.  Although the medical facility has yet to confirm the virus was ransomware, Buffalo News made reports, that is indeed the case. […]

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Locky Ransomware Variant Returns with a Vengeance

Old Ransomware Returns with A Bang Many reports have reported 2016 as the year of ransomware.  This can much attributed to the ransomware variant, Locky.  However, in 2017, Locky ransomware has been on somewhat of a hiatus.  This lead to another ransomware variant, Cerber, becoming the most popular ransomware of 2017. However, it appears Locky […]

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PC Matic Boosts Protection With File-Less Ransomware Detection

Enhancements Set PC Matic Further Apart from Competition PC Pitstop, makers of PC Matic, PC Matic MSP and PC Matic Pro have made several updates over the last few months to their security solution.  The recent changes made to the software include the ability to detect file-less ransomware.  Traditional malware, including ransomware, required an executable […]

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Cyber Threats Popping Up in Prime-Time Television

Prime Time Line Up Includes Cyber Threats Modern cyber threats have been showing up in various prime-time television shows.  The Blacklist featured an episode showing the vulnerability of computer systems being breached for the hacker’s benefit.  The Blacklist Redemption also showed systems being hacked due to an unknown backdoor being installed.  Just last week Chicago […]

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Malware Detection Rates Revealed for 28 AV Programs

The Drive for Awareness In November of 2016, PC Pitstop, makers of PC Matic, commissioned a test with AV Comparatives focusing on ransomware and virus detection.  This test was commissioned in an effort to stress the importance of detection rates.  PC Matic chose to commission the test because several anti-virus (AV) companies choose not to […]

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Rensenware Wants You to Play — Not Pay

Rensenware Demands Victims Earn Their Files Back Ransomware, the malicious software that locks your files and demand a payment to retrieve them, was recently taken to a different level.  A new ransomware variant, deemed Rensenware, locks your files and demands the victims play a game, Touhou Seirensen.  Victims have to earn 200 million points on […]

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GameStop Website Breached – Leaking Consumer Account Data

Breach of GameStop Website Leaves Customers Exposed GameStop recently released their website has been breached, leaving consumer data exposed.  According to WGME News, the breach only impacts consumers who made online purchases through the company’s website from September of 2016 to February of 2017.  The data exposed includes customer’s names, credit and debit card numbers, […]

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ABCD Pediatrics Breached and Hit with Ransomware

ABCD Pediatrics Hit Twice by Cyber Criminals Another ransomware attack was reported, this time by ABCD Pediatrics, located in San Antonio, Texas.  Ransomware reports have sadly become the norm lately, but this one is a bit different.  Not only was the medical facility hit with ransomware, their IT department also reported unknown user IDs created, […]

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Oahu Man Falls Victim to Ransomware Attack

Ransomware Victim Pays $599 and Remained Hacked After clicking on a malicious ad, an Oahu man found himself the victim of a ransomware attack.  The man clicked on the ad, to immediately have his files be encrypted by the cyber criminals.  The ransomware message from the hackers, displayed a support phone number for the victim […]

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Forsyth Public Schools Overrun with Malware

Forsyth Schools Hacked Forsyth Public Schools, located in Montana was the victim of a major hack over the weekend.  They are uncertain when the hack began, but was identified on Saturday, April 1, 2017.  According to Last Best News, the school received three emails prior to the attack, saying they had to pay a ransom […]

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95K McDonald’s Applicants’ Information Was Breached

McDonald’s Canadian Website Hacked An estimated 95,000 people applied for jobs at various Canadian McDonald’s restaurants from March 2014 to March 2017.  Unfortunately, all of these applicants had their information recently hacked.  The leak was a direct result of the company’s online application site being breached. According to The Record, the breach is believed to occur […]

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Users Grant Malware Permission to Manipulate Contact Information

Crusader Malware Manipulates Contact Information A new malware deemed Crusader has been found being installed on PCs all over.  The malware is actually an add-on to free bundle software programs.  By granting Crusader the permission they request, users are authorizing contact information found within ads to be manipulated.  Therefore, a legitimate ad could be altered […]

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Alternative Malware Detection Method Proven Highly Effective

Securing your data from a malware attack, should be your primary priority when it comes to data security.  However, it appears a vast majority of organizations, both large and small, aren’t taking the preventative steps necessary to properly secure their data.  With more businesses, educational institutions, government agencies and non-profits falling victim to malware attacks […]

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Dutch Parliament “Briefly” Hit with Ransomware

Are the Turks responsible for the ransomware hit on the Dutch Parliament? As previously reported, there has been some hostility overseas between Turkey and Germany and the Netherlands.  Germany and the Netherlands have banned Turkish ministers from campaigning in their regions for an upcoming election.  This ban has caused strains between the three areas, which […]

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Another Urology Clinic Hit With Ransomware

Another Urology Clinic is Victimized In late 2016, the Metropolitan Urology Group was hit with ransomware.  Now, Urology Austin, located in Austin, Texas, just released they were hit with ransomware on January 22, 2017.  Ransomware, the malware that locks critical files and demands a payment from the victim to release the files, has been taking the […]

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14 Security Solutions Vulnerable to Double Agent Malware

Double Agent Malware Infects Security Solutions A malware attack dubbed Double Agent has been discovered by security vendor, Cybellum.  It is reported, although this attack has been discovered, it has not been yet witnessed in the public. Double Agent effectively uses a 15 year-old vulnerability within the Windows operating system.  The security gap is associated with […]

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PC Matic or PC Matic Pro — Which Solution is Best for You?

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PC Matic Compared to PC Matic Pro Often times, we get questions from potential consumers asking which security solution would best meet their needs, PC Matic or PC Matic Pro.  To address this, we created the table below which provides the different features in each solution.  Additional information regarding each feature is included below.   Automated Global Application […]

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New Bill About to Pass in Indiana Focusing on Cyber Crime

Indiana Works to Pass Cyber Crime Bill We recently discussed the law enforcement’s actions towards cyber criminals, or lack thereof.  Understandably, it is difficult to track down cyber criminals overseas.  It is also understandable that it may be increasingly difficult due to the effort the hackers put into covering their tracks.  However, they are still […]

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Richmond Housing Agency Loses Data After Ransomware Attack

Richmond Housing Agency Lost a Month’s Worth of Data The Richmond Housing Agency, in Indiana, was recently hit with a ransomware attack.  The systems were infected in on February 27, 2017.  The ransomware variant is believed to have ties back to India.  After encrypting the housing agency’s systems, hackers demanded $8,000 to restore the company’s […]

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Metropolitan Urology Group Suffers Breach Due to Ransomware Attack

Metropolitan Urology Group Found Patient Information Leaked During Ransomware Attack In November, 2016, the Metropolitan Urology Group (MUG) was hit with a ransomware attack.  Two months later, in January, 2017, MUG discovered the hackers obtained private, patient information during the attack.  The patients impacted are those who rendered services between 2003 and 2010.  The information exposed […]

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