75% of Ransomware Developed Has Russian Ties

Russians Lead In Ransomware Development Russian based security company, Kaspersky, has confirmed 75% of crypto ransomware was developed by Russians or Russian-speaking individuals.  To some, that may be surprising.  For others, it may validate what they’ve assumed all along. According to Computing, there were 47 crypto ransomware variants that were developed by Russians or Russian-speaking individuals in 2016.  All […]

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Google Finds Themselves In Hot Water After Courts Rule Against Them

Good Thing Google Has Deep Pockets… The search engine tycoon, Google, was recently ordered to pay $20 million after the courts found they infringed on four different anti-malware patents.  The infringement involved the development of the company’s popular web browser, Chrome. According to The Next Web, the suit originated in 2013 after Alfonso Cioffi and, […]

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New Malvertising Attacks Can Be Prevented With Adblocking Technology

Malvertising Takes Advanced Approach Malvertising, or malicious software that is distributed through advertisements, is taking an advanced approach.  According to Lifars, the cyber criminal group AdGholas, have sophisticated their attack approach leaps and bounds. First, their malicious ad does not infect your PC right away.  It is designed to start obtaining data that they can […]

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More Security Breaches, Why Restaurants Are Becoming The Hacker’s Dream

You may have heard about the recent security breach that impacted fast food giant, Arby’s.  The hackers were able to gain access to Arby’s systems and obtain an estimated 350,000 credit card numbers from customers who visited the restaurant chain from October 2016 to January 2017.  Last year, Wendy’s, another major fast food chain, was hit with a breach […]

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Illinois Police Department Corrupted With Ransomware

The Telegraph recently reported another ransomware attack, this time taking down an Illinois police department.  Roxana Police Department is remaining tight-lipped regarding the issue, but did confirm their systems have been infected with ransomware.  However, here is what we don’t know: When the attack took place How the ransomware got onto the police department’s systems The […]

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UK City Council Loses Two Years Of Data After Ransomware Strikes

According to Mirror, UK City Council located in Tiverton has just lost two years worth of data after a town clerk, John Vanderwolfe, clicked on a malicious attachment.  Vanderwolfe stated clicking on the link was a lapse in judgement.  He said instead of populating the data he expected after clicking the link, it just came up as a […]

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Just How Long Has Time Warner Cable Been Ripping You Off??

Spectrum, Previous Time Warner Cable, Involved In Massive Lawsuit New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman made his opinion clear when he announced the lawsuit against Charter, and it’s subsidiarity Spectrum (previously Time Warner Cable – TWC).  According to Hacker News Scheiderman stated, “The allegations in today’s lawsuit confirm what millions of New Yorkers have long […]

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700,000 FBI, DHS and NSA Accounts Breached and Sold on Dark Web

Government Accounts Breached Recent reports claim the police forum, PoliceOne, was successfully breached, leaving over 700,000 user accounts exposed.  These accounts included contacts from the NSA, DHS and FBI.  The breached files reportedly contained usernames, passwords and email addresses.  A PoliceOne official made the following statement to IB Times regarding the breach, “While we store only limited user […]

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PC Pitstop – Perfect Detection in VB RAP Test

PC Pitstop made numerous improvements to the new engine.  Super Shield 2.0 improvements  include, Enhanced signature based detections Enhanced hash based detections Enhanced DLL detections 100% internally developed and implemented eliminating our reliance on Vipre’s black list engine New script based detections which block malicious scripts run through Power Shell, wscript, cscript, MSHTA, and runDLL before they […]

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Malwarebytes Misclassification of PC Matic Resolved

Malwarebytes began detecting PC Matic as a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) / Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA)  on December 5th.  We immediately initiated efforts to resolve the issue. On December 23rd, we made contact with the proper people at Malwarebytes. After that point, the Malwarebytes personnel were responsive and professional, including working through the holiday weekend […]

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PC Pitstop – Perfect Score in AV Comparatives Detection Test

4000 VIRUSES, 1000 RANSOMWARE SAMPLES, 100% DETECTION As you may recall from the Q3 2016 PC Pitstop Newsletter our CEO, Rob Cheng, mentioned the need for consumers and IT Pros alike to focus on detection rates when choosing their anti-virus solution.  Therefore, PC Pitstop partnered with AV Comparatives to create a comprehensive and superior detection […]

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PC Matic Expands to Android Protection – Available Now on Google Play

With malware threats on mobile devices increasing at exponential rates, we determined it is time to expand our award-winning protection, PC Matic, to Android devices.  This mobile security solution provides our real-time protection as well as on-demand scanning. This security solution allows for peace of mind when installing apps.  PC Matic for Android devices scans […]

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PC Matic Pro Increases Exposure – Attending and Presenting at Multiple Events

Throughout the fourth quarter of 2016, the PC Matic Pro team continued to travel to various trade shows and conferences to maintain exposure of our product.  These events included the Virus Bulletin Conference, IT Nation, MSP World Fall Conference, AMTSO Conference, Varnex Fall Conference, SpiceWorld and several Secret Sauce events. Hope Gauthier, Channel Sales Manager […]

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Ohio Government Completely Paralyzed After Ransomware Attack

Ransomware Hit County Government Hard… After a vicious ransomware attack, the Licking County websites, phones, computers and county’s network have been taken offline.  The systems are projected to remain offline until the end of this week.  The problem was discovered Tuesday evening, and critical systems were immediately taken offline.  The specific ransomware variant is not being disclosed, […]

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What to Expect With the Growing Internet of Things (IoT)

Technology continues to advance, as quickly as on a daily basis.  It can be hard to keep up with all of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, including televisions, appliances, watches, phones, tablets, automobiles, and everything in between. IoT Devices Lack Security One of the biggest concerns as technology continues to advance, is the lack of security for […]

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Uninstalling Unwanted or Unused Programs – Why You Should and How to Do It

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Uninstalling unused or unwanted programs can help your computer in various ways.  By uninstalling these programs you will be, Adding hard drive space Increasing computer speed – By removing programs you’re not using, they won’t have access to run in your background; therefore, increasing PC speeds. Enhancing your computer security – Many times we ignore […]

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Application Whitelisting Cuts Cyber Crime by 85%

Whitelisting Cuts Targeted Malware Attack Success Rates By 85% According to a report generated by Cylance, the Australian government believes cyber crime can be cut by 85% with the implementation of application whitelisting.  The report states, “The Australian Signals Directorate has identified application whitelisting as the most effective strategy in its Strategies to Mitigate Targeted […]

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Professor Infects California Nursing School With Ransomware

In November, 2016, a professor at California nursing school, Gurnick Acadamy, was attempting to access his lectures. The lectures were saved on an external storage device, which he plugged into his work PC.  It was then, he realized his lectures were gone.  Completely encrypted.  He contacted the school’s IT department for assistance.  Luckily, the IT department worked not […]

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Ransomware Locks 80 Hotel Guests Out of Their Rooms

Hackers Paid to Restore System After Ransomware Locks Guests Out of Rooms Top European hotel, Romantik Seehotel Jägerwirt, located in Austria, was recently infected with ransomware.  The variant, although unknown, took complete control of the hotel’s day-to-day operations.  This included not only encrypting hotel files, but also interrupting their electronic key system for guest rooms. Due to […]

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D.C. Surveillance Cameras Inoperable After Ransomware Attack

Surveillance Cameras Infected With Ransomware Days before Trump’s inauguration, the Metropolitan Police Department discovered 123 surveillance cameras were inoperable due to two separate ransomware infections.  The infections were found on January 12th and by January 15th the systems had been restored.  Investigators resolved the issues by identifying and disconnecting the infected devices.  All of the […]

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“Bluff” Ransomware Reels in Thousands of Dollars

The threat of ransomware continues to grow on a daily basis.  Hackers are aware of this, and continue creating new ransomware variants to victimize new individuals.  It is now clear, just the thought of being infected has become enough to pay. “Bluff” Ransomware Who would’ve predicted cyber criminals would just send the ransom note, without actually infecting […]

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Cockrell Hill Police Department Loses 8 Years Worth of Evidence to Ransomware

Cockrell Hill Police Department Takes Massive Hit Cockrell Hill Police Department, located in Cockrell Hill, Texas, has recently lost eight years of police evidence after a ransomware attack.  According to Bleeping Computer, the attack was discovered on December 12, 2016. The ransomware variant used to encrypt the police department’s data is not being disclosed.  The police […]

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Well this is Interesting…

Is Kaspersky in Hot Water?? The Russian newspaper Kommersant recently broke news regarding the arrest of Ruslan Stoyanov, the head of Kaspersky Lab’s investigations unit.  Stoyanov was arrested in December for treason allegations.  It is reported Stoyanov served as a major to the cybercrime unit of Russia’s Ministry of Interior for six years prior to his employment […]

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HP Recalls 101,000 Lithium Batteries Due To Fire Hazards

HP Recalls Thousands of Lithium Batteries HP recently disclosed they will be recalling an estimated 101,000 lithium batteries due to overheating and fire hazards.  According to The Verge, the devices impacted include HP ENVY, HP ProBook, HP Pavilion and Compaq Presario’s that were purchased between March 2013 to October 2016.  HP has created a recall and […]

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PC Matic Pro Earns Best Solution at SMB TechFest

PC Matic Pro Wins SMB TechFest Award Mike Sexton, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales, represented PC Matic Pro at the first SMB TechFest of 2017.  The SMB TechFest is a technology conference that occurs each quarter.  The event took place on January 19, 2017 in Anaheim, California.  In attendance were over 200 resellers, managed service providers (MSPs), and partners […]

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Horse Racing Site Forced Offline After Third Consecutive Ransomware Attack

Three Strikes–You’re Out! Racing Pulse, a popular horse racing website that is based out of Bangalore, India, was forced offline on January 17, 2017 after suffering its third ransomware attack in a week.  The last, and most critical, encrypted their entire site. Dharma ransomware, the variant that took down Racing Pulse, encrypted all of the website’s data.  The […]

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St. Louis City Public Library No Longer Offering Free PC Use

Update 1/27/2017: After two days, the St. Louis City Public Library technical staff was able to fix the impacted computers.  The system hard drives were wiped completely and restored with available back-ups.  The St. Louis City Public Library is currently unable to offer free computer use to the community due to a ransomware attack that […]

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Hackers Demand $43K To Restore Indiana Cancer Services’ Systems

Cyber criminals have hit a new low, proving they don’t care who their victims are as long as it may lead to a large payout.  According to Network World, hackers breached Indiana Cancer Services’ systems on January 10, 2017.  They then encrypted a server, followed by a ransom demand of $43,000 to restore this server. […]

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Gmail Phishing Attack – Tricking Even the Tech Savvy

Gmail Users Targeted in Phishing Attack A phishing attack, that has been confirmed by Inc. to be in existence for over a year, is gaining awareness.  Gmail users are being targeted by hackers, infiltrating their inboxes.  Once the cyber criminals gain access to a persons email account, they have the ability to review all recent incoming and outgoing messages.  […]

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Love Our Newsletter? Read Additional Articles Here

You Love Our Content?? Gee–Thanks! We recently conducted a survey to obtain feedback on various aspects of the weekly PC Pitstop newsletter.  After reviewing the data, I found a few things particularly interesting.  Out of the 454 participants, the responses were filtered down to those who consistently open the newsletter and find the content relevant to their […]

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Testing Proves Most AV Solution’s Proactive Detection Is Plummeting

Proactive Detection Rates Over Last 12 Months As technology advances, you would think your anti-virus would too, right?  After all, that too is technology.  However Stu Sjouwerman from KnowBe4, recently posted an article regarding the plummeting proactive detection rates for most security solutions.  Stu stated, “You would expect that with modern machine-learning techniques, proactive protection […]

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