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 […]

Continue reading


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 […]

Continue reading


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 […]

Continue reading


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 […]

Continue reading


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 […]

Continue reading


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 […]

Continue reading


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. […]

Continue reading


Malware Prevention Tops IT Pros List of Security Priorities

Malware Prevention Deemed Higher Priority Than Detection According to a recent study conducted by Barkley, 51% of IT pros would allocate additional funds to malware prevention over detection and recovery efforts.  This should come as no surprise, considering one in three respondents gave their organizations a failing grade when it comes to prevention of malware […]

Continue reading


How PC Matic Pro Stacks Up Against Its Competition

What is PC Matic Pro? PC Matic Pro, developed by PC Pitstop, is the professional version of the advanced security solution, PC Matic.  PC Matic Pro is researched, developed and supported in the United States.  This innovative security solution is available for businesses, government facilities, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. Advanced Malware Detection PC Matic Pro offers an automated […]

Continue reading


3,400 Websites Compromised After Cloudflare Breach

Thousands of Sites Impacted by Cloudflare Breach Cloudflare, a popular content delivery network, was recently breached.  This breach impacted 3,400 websites, including popular sites such as Fitbit and Uber.  A full list of impacted websites has not been released. Cloudflare has made a public statement on their blog, “The bug was serious because the leaked memory […]

Continue reading


82% of Anti-Virus Consumers Do Not Rely on Third Party Testing

Who Relies on Third Party Testing When Considering Their AV Solution? In a recent survey conducted by PC Matic, participants were asked, “Which of the following independent anti-virus (AV) testing authorities did you consider when choosing your AV solution?” The options provided were Virus Bulletin, AV Comparatives, AV Labs, NSS Labs, SE Labs, Don’t use third party […]

Continue reading


When It Comes To Computer Security — Ignorance Is Not Bliss

Some people believe ignorance is bliss.  Which may be true, under certain circumstances.  However, I can assure you, one of those circumstances is not computer security. 19.63% Of PC Users Choose Not To Use Security Programs In a recent survey conducted by PC Matic, 19.63% of respondents stated they were not using an anti-virus solution.  […]

Continue reading


Scammers Obtain Thousands of Employee W-2s After Successful Phishing Attack

Phishing Attack Hits Bloomington Public Schools – Minnesota Star Tribune reported an estimated 2,800 current and former Bloomington Public School employees has their private information stolen after a malicious email scam tricked a school employee to send the information to hackers. The phishing scam requested for all of the 2016 W-2s to be sent to a specific […]

Continue reading


Application Whitelisting Ranks #1 For Security Essentials

Application whitelisting has identified as the top security essential tool by Business IT.  Application whitelisting implements a security method that, if utilized correctly, will only allow trusted programs to run.  Since malware is not a trusted program, the executable will not be allowed to run.  Theoretically. this will eliminate malware infections on PCs that are […]

Continue reading


Uber Online Lottery Scam — You Just Won $1.5M!!!!

Uber Online Lottery Scam The Uber Online Lottery scam is making its way across the nation, claiming recipients have one $1.5 million dollars.  They just need your banking information to “deposit” the funds.  Below is the image that will populate within the scam email. There is not any content that comes within the email, just this […]

Continue reading


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 […]

Continue reading


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 […]

Continue reading


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 […]

Continue reading


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 […]

Continue reading


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 […]

Continue reading


“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 […]

Continue reading


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 […]

Continue reading


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 […]

Continue reading


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 […]

Continue reading


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.  […]

Continue reading


Application Whitelisting – Our Nation’s Solution to Cyber Security Crisis

Application Whitelisting–Our Nation’s Solution? Never in our history has cyber security been a bigger threat than it is now.  Whether it is our computers, smart phones, tablets, televisions, smart watches, etc., they’re all at risk.  Recent reports stated, over 3 million users were exposed to malware in the fourth quarter of 2016, almost a 23% […]

Continue reading


Four Months After Infection, Medical Facility Discloses Ransomware Attack

Ransomeware hit yet another medical facility.  On August 30, 2016, ransomware struck the Susan M. Hughes Center, impacted both office locations.  The Center is located in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania and Cherry Hill, New Jersey.  This attack impacted over 11,000 patient records.  However, the Center did not inform the patients of the security issue until late […]

Continue reading


Punishments for Cyber Criminals – Or Lack Thereof

We must find a way to catch cyber criminals who continue to victimize businesses and home computer users, worldwide.  Cyber criminals made $1 billion in ransomware payments alone in 2016. If and when these hackers are caught, what is an adequate punishment? Punishment For Cyber Criminals – Or Lack Thereof Krasimir Nikolova, a Bulgarian native, was extradited to the […]

Continue reading


LA Community College District Pays $28K to Retrieve Locked Files

The first publicized ransomware attack of 2017 is a hefty one! After returning to school after the holiday break, Los Angeles Valley College found their computer files were inaccessible.  It didn’t take long for the college to determine it was a malicious cyber attack that took down their systems.  According to The Washington Times, the school notified […]

Continue reading


Network World Weighs in on Malwarebytes’ Accusations of PC Matic Being a PUP/PUA

“Never Disable A Competitor” In an opinion piece on Network World, Andy Patrizio broke down the current situation between our company PC Pitstop and Malwarebytes. Andy believes that an anti-malware product should never disable a competitor and he even dinged Microsoft for doing that in the past. He also states that, “The idea that one Microsoft security partner would […]

Continue reading


PC Matic Dominates with Perfect Virus Detections on the Venerable VB100

In April 2016, we released PC Matic’s Super Shield 2.0 engine at no additional cost. There were numerous improvements in the new engine. Super Shield 2.0 Improvements 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 […]

Continue reading


Accredited Organizations Deem PC Matic as Legitimate Security Solution

Is PC Matic malware? Malware, or malicious software, is a categorization of software that is intended to cause damage or disable computers and computer systems.  Taking into consideration the definition of malware, it can determined PC Matic is not malware.  PC Matic is not malware.  Here is why: 1.       PC Matic is a certified anti-virus product by the ICSA Labs.  ICSA […]

Continue reading


Why Ransomware Continues to Spread

2016 – The Year of Ransomware CIO from IDG recently published an article regarding the upswing our nation has seen in ransomware infections in 2016.  It is without a doubt, 2016 has been the year of ransomware.  However, very little headway has been made to prevent future infections.  It seems the common consensus is to throw […]

Continue reading


Application Whitelisting – The Only Protection Against Ransomware

Application whitelisting provides the final piece to the endpoint security solution puzzle. When trying to battle today’s cyber criminals, PC users must always be on the defense.  This includes consistently trying to anticipate the hacker’s next move.  This can be incredibly difficult.  What if there was a security solution that did that for you? Application whitelisting […]

Continue reading