FBI Urges Private Sector Companies — Remove Kaspersky Labs Now!

FBI Wants Companies to Drop Kaspersky Labs Like a Bad Habit FBI officials are encouraging private sector companies to cease the use of Kaspersky Labs products immediately.  Kaspersky Labs, a Russian-based security solution provider, has been under scrutiny recently due to concerns regarding alleged ties between the company and the Russian government.  As a computer […]

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Malware Bypasses Antivirus Programs Through PowerPoint Vulnerability

Malware Exploits Microsoft PowerPoint Vulnerability A new malware campaign has been sent into the wild, and most security programs are not detecting it.  Remcos, the malware variant, is bypassing detection by exploiting a Microsoft PowerPoint vulnerability.  Remcos is hidden within a malicious attachment that is being distributed via email.  The email is disguised as an […]

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Kaspersky and Microsoft Settle Antitrust Complaint

Just months ago, Russian-based cyber security company, Kaspersky filed an antitrust complaint with Russia’s Federal Anti-Monopoly Services (FAS).  The complaint was centered around the concern of Microsoft using their market share in the PC industry to push end-users to Microsoft’s security program, Windows Defender.  A specific issue sited included Microsoft blocking third-party security vendors from […]

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Application Whitelisting — Is it too extreme?

Whitelisting – Is it worth the work? Recently, Information Week reported application whitelisting as an “extreme” method for preventing malware.  Is it extreme?  It very well could be.  Application whitelisting goes against the very core of traditional security programs.  Instead of using a blacklist, which allows unknown files to execute until proven malicious, a whitelist […]

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Cerber Ransomware Expands It’s Corruption Power

Cerber is now draining bitcoin wallets, on top of encrypting files Cerber, a ransomware variant that has been notorious for making alterations to its malware to worsen the impact, has done it again.  Now the ransomware variant is targeting bitcoin wallets.  Once infected with Cerber, the malware will search the user’s device for different files […]

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And You Thought WannaCry and NotPetya Were Bad…

Money Wasn’t Their End-Game… Combined, WannaCry and NotPetya, the two global attacks that hit the world in the last 90 days, received payouts of approximately $150,000 USD.  To some it may sound like a lot – but to cyber criminals, that’s nothing.  WannaCry and NotPetya were not in corrupting company data with the end goal […]

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Canadian Firm Pays $425K in Ransom Demands

Cyber Criminals Take Down Canadian Company Last weekend, and unnamed Canadian firm was hit with ransomware.  IT World Canada reported, the ransomware was able to infiltrate the system by worming its way through vulnerabilities found in the company’s Windows operating system.  The malicious software took down the company’s databases and wiped out all of their […]

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If Congress Gets Their Way – It’ll be Goodbye to Kaspersky Labs

U.S. Government Using Kaspersky Labs As early as 2008, Russian-based antivirus company, Kaspersky Labs, has been used on U.S. government devices.  However, with the rising concern of ties between Kaspersky Labs and the Russian government, the United States Congress is taking major steps to prevent the use of Kaspersky on government devices.  In May of […]

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Petya Creators Reveals Themselves to Confirm Latest Attack Was Not Petya

Ransomware Creator Verifies, Latest Global Attack was not Petya This week, another global attack hit the world.  Initial reports claimed the attack was a version of the Petya ransomware.  However, after further investigation, it was determined the global attack was not Petya.  It wasn’t even ransomware.  The malware variant spread throughout the attack, deemed NotPetya, […]

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The Next Global Cyber Weapon Has Been Released

WannaCry ransomware hit the globe just over 30 days ago.  It was predicted, another global ransomware attack would take place sooner or later.  However, who would’ve thought instead of ransomware, it would be complete cyber warfare? NotPetya Spreads Around the World Initial reports of NotPetya, had researchers believing it was a variation of Petya, a […]

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Backups Smackups, Prevention is the Real Key

Why Backing Up Your Data Won’t Work Let’s be honest, backing up your data is important.  Maybe more so for some users than others, but important nonetheless.  However, backups are not the golden ticket when it comes to restoring data after a malware attack.  Although they could be useful in restoring your files after a […]

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Microsoft Database Leaks Unknown Number of Source Codes

Database Breached – Leaving Microsoft Source Codes Exposed Microsoft recently confirmed an unknown number of source codes were leaked onto a repository named BetaArchive.  Exposing the source codes would allow hackers to find vulnerabilities in some of Microsoft’s most trusted pieces of its operating system.  Gizmodo reports, “The Register claimed the data dump was 32 […]

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Victim Pays $1M in Ransom After 153 Linux Servers Became Infected

Linux is not immune — 153 infections leading to 3,400 websites down The largest ransomware payout in history is taking place at this very moment.  Nayana, a web hosting company located in South Korea, was hit with ransomware on June 10th.  The ransomware variant, Erebus, successfully infiltrated 153 Linux servers, allowing the cyber criminals access […]

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Infographic: Blacklist Vs. Whitelist with Fileless Malware Detection

Blacklist or Whitelist?  Which Keeps Your Data Safer? Most of the security products on the market rely on a blacklist approach to detect and prevent malware.  But is it effective?  An alternative approach, application whitelisting, is also available.  However, which is better for you?  Follow the infographic below to learn more about the difference between […]

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Is Microsoft Ruining Software Companies Lives?

Does Kaspersky Have a Point? Last week an article was written regarding Kaspersky filing an antitrust complaint to the European Union, targeting Microsoft.  Kaspersky claimed Microsoft has put up various road blocks for third-party anti-virus (AV) companies, making it impossible to stay on a level playing field. The article published last week generated a large […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Second Webroot Fail This Year — and 2017 Isn’t Even Half Over…

Webroot Whoops… Yesterday, major issues arose for the millions of users of Webroot.  The well-known anti-virus began classifying several different Windows files as general malware, leaving critical files quarantined.  Therefore, Windows was not able to fully function.  As if that wasn’t bad enough, ZDNet reports, “Many independent tweets confirmed that several major websites, including Bloomberg […]

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Locky Ransomware Variant Returns with a Vengeance

Old Ransomware Returns with A Bang Many reports have reported 2016 as the year of ransomware.  This can much attributed to the ransomware variant, Locky.  However, in 2017, Locky ransomware has been on somewhat of a hiatus.  This lead to another ransomware variant, Cerber, becoming the most popular ransomware of 2017. However, it appears Locky […]

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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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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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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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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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