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 […]

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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 […]

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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.  […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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% […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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San Francisco Muni Losing Over $550K Daily After Ransomware Attack

On November 25, 2016 San Francisco experienced a major ransomware attack that took down their Municipal Transportation Agency, also known as Muni. The ransomware took down over 2,000 Muni payment and scheduling systems. To accommodate the transportation needs of the San Francisco population, the city ordered all of the fare gates to be kept open. […]

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Bigfork School District Paralyzed by Ransomware

Bigfork Schools located in Bigfork, Montana was recently infected with ransomware. The attack led the school’s files to be encrypted. School officials reported to the Billings Gazette that they hoped to have the files restored by this week to finish the grading period. The school did not disclose the ransom demand, or the malware variant […]

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In-Store Malware Scams Claim New PCs Infected With Malware

In-Store Malware Scam According to Kim Komando, there has been quite the controversy regarding Office Depot erroneously deeming various computers with malware. These computers were brand new, just out of the box, and never connected to the internet. So how could they have possibly been infected? They weren’t. Jesse Jones, from KIRO 7, took six […]

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Strengthening Cyber Security Infrastructure with Automated Global Whitelist

PC Matic’s Vice President of Cyber Security, Dodi Glenn, recently conducted a webinar regarding how to strengthen cyber security infrastructures with an automated global whitelist approach. During the webinar, Dodi discussed the current threat landscape, malware sample manipulation, and preventative detection with application whitelisting. Dodi shared with the audience the malware trends, and his thoughts […]

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Over 18K Pension Plans Hacked and Held Ransom

According to BNA, cyber criminals gained access to a pension plans affiliated with Missouri-based Schnucks, Dierbergs Markets and Shop ‘n Save supermarkets.  This hack impacted over 18,000 files, although the information retrieved by the hackers is unknown.  Collin Reischman, a spokesman for United Food and Commercial Workers Local 655 in Ballwin, Missouri reported the organization has […]

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Ransomware Attacks on SMBs Increase by 800%

The ransomware epidemic has taken the world by storm.  It has impacted everyone from large enterprises to home users.  The small and medium businesses (SMBs) have seen a drastic uptake in ransomware attacks in 2016.  This year alone, The Inquirer reported the number of ransomware attacks hitting the SMB market has increased 800%.  Ransomware distributers have found […]

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“I Know I am Protected With PC Matic.” – Karla W., PC Matic Subscriber Since 2012

Karla W. first came to PC Pitstop to meet her PC optimization needs in 2008, and has been a loyal PC Matic subscriber since 2012.  Today I had the opportunity to speak with Karla one-on-one about her experience with our security software.  Prior to using PC Matic, Karla said she experienced various malware attacks.  Which […]

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New Ransomware Found – Russians Are Suspected Creators

New Ransomware, Telecrypt, Released Into the Wild A new ransomware variant was recently found.  BleepingComputer reported the variant, named Telecrypt, requires an internet connection to infect computers.  Telecrypt uses Telegram and command and control servers to execute its infection.  To infect PCs the ransomware requires a binary to launch.  Upon launch, and there is a confirmation process of […]

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New Locky Ransomware Campaign Sends 14M Emails In Five Hours

14M Emails Infected With Locky Ransomware Another ransomware campaign was sent out on October 24th, distributing 14 million emails with Locky ransomware attached.  The email included a “complaint letter”, which of course was really ransomware.  Upon opening the attachment, the ransomware went to work encrypting user’s files.  The typical ransom demand made with Locky infections […]

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Madison County Computers Inaccessible After Ransomware Attack

Update: After five days of battling to get systems back up and running, Madison County has paid the ransom demands to regain access.  Herald Bulletin reported, the county was encouraged to pay the ransom amount by their insurance provider, who paid the $28,000 demand.  The county was left paying the insurance deductible, along with $17,500 […]

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