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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Hackers Welcome: Microsoft Security Hole Remains Unpatched

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 […]

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