Affordable Healthcare Act Insurance Recipients Targeted By Scammers

scam

Scammers Portray IRS – Scamming Affordable Healthcare Act Insurance Recipients It’s not surprising that scammers are once again portraying the IRS.  According to News 4 JAX, scammers are targeting individuals who receive insurance through the Affordable Healthcare Act.  The scammers are emailing, texting, and even sending physical mail to these individuals claiming they owe the IRS money for […]

Continue reading


Solid-State Drives (SSD) Continue to Gain Popularity

ssd

The rotating platter hard disk drives (HDD) have been around since the early days of PCs.  Technology improvements are allowing for the improvement of speeds and capacity.  Basically the HDD technology involves a armature that moves across the surface of the platter.  Using magnetism, the drive head reads and writes information to the disk.  SSD […]

Continue reading


Hackers Welcome: Microsoft Security Hole Remains Unpatched

hackermsslider

A security vulnerability within the Microsoft software has been exploited and there is yet to be a patch to fix the issue.  Fortune reported Google notified Microsoft of the security issue on October 21st.  Typically when a vulnerability is found by Google, they provide 60 days for a patch; however, since this particular vulnerability has already […]

Continue reading


1,000 Procedures Canceled at Three Hospitals After Computer Virus Runs Rampant

lockbg

Update: As of November 2nd, NHS is still struggling to get their systems up and running as normal.  According to Graham Cluley, outpatient and diagnostic procedures were cancelled for today, with the exception of a few select services.  NHS Trust canceled all operations at three hospitals after a computer virus spread throughout their systems.  It has […]

Continue reading


Blocking Ransomware Scripts with Exchange Transport Rules

ransomware

One of the current tactics ransomware authors are using to infect your network, is to send email attachments containing malicious scripts. These scripts are often VBScript (.vbs), Windows Script Files (wsf), or JavaScript (.js) files, and when executed, will download a DLL or EXE to spawn the infection. An example JavaScript which downloads and executes […]

Continue reading


88% of Employees Lack Cyber Security Awareness

Internet Security System

MediaPro recently conducted a survey focusing on cyber security, which included eight specific security scenarios.  The survey was completed by 1,000 U.S. employees.  After completion of the survey, it was determined only 12% of the respondents have enough cyber security awareness to prevent privacy issues or a cyber attack.  It was also determined, based on the […]

Continue reading


80% IT Pros Believe Internet Security is Everyone’s Responsibility

internetsafety

In the wake of the Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack last week on the Internet performance management company, Dyn, we’ve learned of some unsettling security vulnerabilities for millions of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. It was discovered the DDoS attack utilized the Mirai botnet to hack thousands of IoT devices and to take down […]

Continue reading


Hackers Boost Sophistication With Fake Microsoft Security Essentials BSoD Attack

malware

Hackers are now using advanced methods to distribute malware… Hackers have found new ways to copy notifications from what users would consider safe programs.  The latest example of this is the blue screen of death (BSoD) that appears after users attempt to download a fraudulent version of Microsoft Security Essentials.  Microsoft does have a BSoD alert that […]

Continue reading


Adult FriendFinder Breached – Exposing 100M Records

data-breach-blog-img1

A hacker took to Twitter stating they had successfully hacked the Adult FriendFinder.  The tweet included two screenshots that led authorities to believe they had access to the website’s infrastructure.  The breach has yet to be confirmed; however it is imperative the company take these threats seriously. Many times, it will take months or even […]

Continue reading


Automated Global Whitelist: Strengthening the Cybersecurity Infrastructure

CyberSecurity

It’s time we start taking control of our endpoint security with an automated global whitelist… Ransomware has undoubtedly taken the world by storm, demanding organizations to take action on the files locked down by attackers by paying a hefty amount for users’ data to be saved. This year alone, the FBI predicts losses from ransomware […]

Continue reading


Rainbow Children’s Clinic Looses Patient Files to Ransomware

red padlock 200x200

A ransomware attack stuck three Rainbow Children’s Clinic locations in Texas in August.  Over 33,000 patients who have rendered services at these facilities, have had their information compromised.  The clinic is offering free credit monitoring services to those who have been impacted. Information Management reported some files have been completely lost due to the ransomware corruption.  […]

Continue reading


PC Matic Makes Nothing Happen! Wait, What?

SuperShield

There is something to be said about nothing happening… The idea of nothing happening sounds bad, right?  We want stuff to happen!  Unless we’re talking about your PC’s security.  If something happens, referencing your PC’s security, that isn’t a good thing.  That means that today’s cyber security threats have infiltrated your system.  When something happens, […]

Continue reading


New Ransomware Encrypts Each File Seperately

blue ransomware skull

CryPy ransomware takes the time to encrypt each file independently, to make decryption more difficult… Ransomware continues to evolve in various ways.  First, there was polymorphic ransomware, changing codes every few seconds to avoid detection from the traditional blacklist security software programs.  Then, there has been ransomware that will not only encrypt your data, but steal […]

Continue reading


Community Foundation Resolves Ransomware Attack to Find Data Breach

red padlock 200x200

Hutchinson Community Foundation recovered from a ransomware attack, to find the criminals hacked their data too… On September 19, 2016, Hutchinson Community Foundation, in Hutchinson, Kansas, found out they had been hacked.  Not only had they been hacked, but they were hit a ransomware attack.  Ransomware is the malware that will encrypt users files, locking them until […]

Continue reading


The Browser Wars – The Search for the Best Browser

netscapelogo

It seems that browser wars have been around forever.  During the early 1990’s, the browser of choice was Netscape’s Navigator.   Netscape’s massive successful IPO in 1995 got the attention of Microsoft.  Microsoft began delivering their Internet Explorer bundled with their operating systems.  The browser wars were underway.   Some readers may recall the 1995 battle […]

Continue reading


Ransomware Protection : Major Opportunity for MSPs

ransomware 200x200

MSPs, what protection are you offering your clients? Ransomware continues to spread at an epidemic level, and with that comes a need for an advanced security solution that includes ransomware protection.  From a Managed Service Provider (MSP) perspective, this is a massive opportunity to provide a higher level of protection to PC users.  MSPs provide various […]

Continue reading


NHS Remains Major Ransomware Target

use-cases-ransomware

The National Health Service remains the main ransomware target… NHS has been identified as the primary ransomware target for quite some time.  Several reports have suggested multiple ransomware attacks on the NHS, and a recent study suggests that won’t be slowing down anytime soon.  With a 400% increase in ransomware attacks, the NHS needs to […]

Continue reading


Enigma Sues Malwarebytes After PUP Accusations

lawsuit

Enigma files complaint against Malwarebytes after PUP classifications… BleepingComputer isn’t the only one with a target on their back.  Enigma is also bringing legal action against Malwarebytes.  According to PRLeap, Enigma’s suit claims their competitor used false advertising, unfair competition, and tortious interference with contractual relations when they categorized Enigma’s SpyHunter and RegHunter as Potentially […]

Continue reading


New Cyber Security Concern Threatens Privacy and Bank Account

main-thumb-t-1367-200-WRw5fqEiJKpB2Zz9wXl0WctKau7R9o0R

The latest cyber security locks your files and steals your personal information… D0xware is the latest and arguably the most concerning form of malware to threaten PC users.  D0xware is a swift combination of personal data theft and ransomware rolled into one little package.  The malware will first encrypt your files, similar to ransomware.  Once […]

Continue reading


Two More Medical Facilities Infected With Ransomware

red-padlock-200x200

Ransomware infections are spreading from coast to coast… Marin Healthcare District Marin Healthcare District (MHD), located in Greenbrae, California was paralyzed after a ransomware attack that occurred in late July.  It is reported the infection stemmed from another attack that hit Marin Medical Practice Concepts in July as well.  MHD computers were down for a period […]

Continue reading


October Is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

CyberSecurity

Today’s cyber security threats are growing, is it because of lack of awareness? October 1st, marks the beginning of National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  Cyber security threats have continued to grow over the last few years.  These threats include not only the security breaches that left millions of personal data files exposed, but also the […]

Continue reading


Free Decryptor Available For MarsJoke Ransomware Victims

red padlock

MarsJoke, the ransomware targeting educational institutions and government agencies, can now be decrypted… Researchers have found the malware authors who created MarsJoke ransomware did nearly a perfect job, except for one little line of code.  This weak line of code allowed researchers to test several variants of decryption keys until a successful one was found.  According […]

Continue reading


20 States Voter Registration Systems Experience Hacking Activities

images

Several states suspect voter registration systems were hacked after suspicious scanning activity… Not long ago, the government encouraged stated to strengthen their security over voting, but is it too late? New York Daily News reported 20 different states were flagged with a variety of “scanning activities” which makes the FBI question if they were attempts […]

Continue reading


Expert Advice on Advanced Antivirus Protection

data-breach-blog-img1

Many users want to know – what’s the best advanced antivirus protection that will keep their data safe? Well, an Expert Roundtable event took place last week which addresses this very topic.  The cyber security experts included in this roundtable are from various security companies, such as Kaspersky, SOPHOS, iBoss and PC Matic Pro. The experts shared their […]

Continue reading


CD ROM, DVD and Blu-Ray Drives – Has Streaming Doomed Optical Drives into Obsolescence?

opticaldrive

Back in the mid-1990, the optical drive was introduced for use in PCs. One of its primary purposes for the CD-ROM player was to replace diskettes for distributing software. It also allowed users to play their audio CDs on their computers. The optical drive quickly caught on quickly. The technology evolved to include CD-ROM writers […]

Continue reading