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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WannaCry Impacted Over 200K Endpoints Wordwide

WannaCry Distributes Biggest Cyber Attack to Date A massive ransomware attack has hit worldwide, impacting various countries and tens of thousands of endpoints.  According to CNBC, over 200,000 malicious attacks were distributed last Friday, May 12, 2017, in over 150 different countries.  However, these statistics are expected to increase as additional information is released. The […]

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GSA Approved Russian Software to be Used For Government Security Protection

Russian Software “Protecting” Government Data As we know, Kaspersky is a Russian-based security company that provides anti-virus software for home, enterprise and government use.  Years ago, Kaspersky was approved by the GSA, an administration in charge for vetting government contracts, to sell their software to government agencies.  According to Buzzfeed, the first U.S. government agency […]

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Microsoft Patched “Crazy Bad” Hole in Their Security Solutions

Microsoft Patched Security Gap in 48 Hours A massive hole was recently found in Microsoft’s malware detection engine, allowing specially crafted files to execute.  This engine is used in Windows Defender, as well as six additional Microsoft security solutions for both home and business users.  According to PC World the list of compromised security solutions […]

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The Application Whitelist — Why it Matters When it Comes to Modern Threats

Fighting Today’s Cyber Security Threats As modern cyber security threats continue to advance, keeping your data safe becomes more and more difficult.  Especially for PC users who choose to keep their data secure by using an outdated anti-virus (AV).  The term outdated means two things.  The software may not be updated in regards to patch […]

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PC Pitstop Increases Traction With Solution Providers

CRN Names PC Pitstop on 2017 Top 100 Security List PC Pitstop, makers of PC Matic Pro and PC Matic MSP, has been boosting their traction with solution providers with their advanced security solution.  The core of the PC Matic security features include an automated, global whitelist approach, along with fileless ransomware detection.  These two […]

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Providence Law Firm Pays Cyber Criminals, Files Remained Locked

Providence Law Firm Pays Cyber Criminals Thousands A prominent law firm, located in Providence, Rhode Island, was hit with ransomware three months ago.  Their systems are back to normal after the attack hit, but not until after they paid the cyber criminal thousands. The law firm was hit with an unknown ransomware variant months ago. […]

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Greenway Health Struggles to Recover After Ransomware Hit

Ransomware, the malicious software that locks files until a payment demand is made, has recently hit Greenway Health, located in Carrollton, Georgia.  Greenway Health is an electronic health records vendor.  Total, they serve over 75,000 different healthcare facilities. The ransomware strike occurred last week; however, some of the Greenway Health users are still unable to […]

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45% of SMBs Don’t Retrieve Files After Paying Ransom Demands

SMBs Short Changed After Meeting Cyber Criminals Demands One of the many risks ransomware victims face is, the likelihood they pay the ransom but don’t get the decryption keys to actually unlock their files.  In a recent study done by SpiceWorks, a shocking 45% of small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) are not retrieving their […]

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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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