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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Appropriate Defense Against Ransomware is Not Backups

The Today Show featured another piece on cyber security today, this time discussing ransomware.  During which, Tom Costello claimed the best way to protect yourself from a ransomware attack is to back up your data.  This cannot be further from the truth.  First of all, backups do not protect you from becoming a victim of ransomware.  It can be […]

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Twitter Hacked and It Appears the Turks Are to Blame

Twitter Hacked Leaving Nazism Messages Today, dozens of Twitter accounts were hacked impacting various individuals from the European Parliament, UNICEF USA and BBC North America.  It is believed the attacks originated due to a diplomatic spat between Germany, Turkey and the Netherlands.  According to MSN, the Germans and Dutch barred Turkish ministers from campaigning in […]

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Canadian Revenue Agency Goes Offline As Security Breach Precaution

Canadian Revenue Agency Uses Precautionary Measures On March 10, 2017 the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) took their operations offline after discovering a potential security vulnerability.  After 90 minutes, they were back online; however, by mid afternoon on Friday, they took their site offline again.  The CRA assured users this was simply a precautionary measure, and […]

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Phishing Attack Compromised 1,600 School Employees’ W-2s

Connecticut Schools Hit Hard By Phishing Attacks Glastonbury Public Schools in Connecticut was the recent victim of a phishing attack.  The phishing attack resulted in 1,600 W-2s being compromised.  The school district is uncertain who exactly had their information exposed.  However, they did report the food service personnel do not need to be concerned about […]

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Wood River Police Department Catches Ransomware Before Major Issues Presented

Wood River Police Department of Illinois Hit With Ransomware According to The Telegraph, on March 5, 2017 the Wood River Police Department was hit with a malicious phishing attack that included ransomware.  The phishing attack was successful, infecting one computer.  However, the issues that presented after the attack set off red flags for the officers. […]

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“Perhaps, as an industry, we’re going insane.” – CyberEdge Group CEO

CyberEdge Group Releases Cyberthreat Defense Report CyberEdge Group, a research and marketing firm serving the security industry’s top vendors, shared the results of its fourth-annual Cyberthreat Defense Report.  Key findings suggest, the security industry may be going insane.  CyberEdge group CEO, Steve Piper states, “If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and […]

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“I was skeptical of the whitelist approach…”

Houston County Schools, in Alabama, has been using PC Matic Pro to protect America’s most valuable asset, education.  Bob Blalock, Technology Coordinator for Houston County Schools, shared his experience with PC Matic Pro, their whitelist technology and technical support. Bob Blalock, Technology Coordinator, Houston County Schools: “We were a Sophos customer for about 10 years […]

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