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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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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WannaCrypt Ransomware: Protecting your computers against the latest ransomware

Over the past few days, many businesses have reported infections from the latest round of ransomware called WannaCrypt. This massive cyberattack is likely to have stemmed from stolen tools used by the National Security Agency (NSA). Due to the rate of infection, and the number of machines being infected by WannaCrypt, Microsoft has released an […]

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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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