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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Feds Notify Ohio Police Departments of Breach

Feds Informed Wooster-Ashland Regional Council of Governments of Security Breach A breach recently hit the Wooster-Ashland Regional Council of Governments (WARCOG).  According to WKYC News, the FBI informed the Ohio police departments of the leak on Wednesday.  Unfortunately, the exact number of people impacted by the breach is uncertain.  However, officials are reporting, WARCOG is […]

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Cyber Attacks are Hitting England

England Targeted Victim of Cyber Attacks British Parliament Targeted in “Determined” Cyber Attack The British parliament was the recent victim of a “sustained and determined” cyber attack.  The attack was targeting weak email passwords.  The parliament was able to isolate the infection and took precautionary measures to mitigate the spread.  They decided by temporarily disabling […]

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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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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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Fileless Malware Spreads Overseas Without a Single Click

Recent Fileless Malware Attack Runs Rampant A recent fileless malware campaign came to light over the weekend, which infected computers in various locations.  According to Engadget, the malware campaign targeted businesses in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.  The malware was distributed via a malicious email with a hyperlink to an “invoice” or “order number”. […]

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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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Chipotle Reports Data Breach Impacted Almost All Restaurants

Burritos and Breaches Popular restaurant, Chipotle, has been a recent victim of a data breach.  The restaurant reported almost all of their Chipotle locations were impacted, as well as their Pizzeria Locale eateries.  Current reports are suggesting the breach was executed through the company’s point-of-sale (PoS) system.  The information exposed included credit card numbers, expiration dates […]

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Students Breach Camberwell High School’s IT Department

  Breach Leads to Personal Information Posted Online Investigations continue as Camberwell High School’s IT department was breached.  It is believed students of the school obtained staff login credentials, which led to the breach.  Students were able to obtain personal information of students and their families.  This information included Medicaid numbers, addresses, phone numbers and […]

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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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Two Spyware Companies, Retina-X and FlexiSpy, Fail to Notify Customers of Data Breach

130,000 Spyware Customer Records Leaked According to Motherboard, two companies that sell spyware to direct customers, Retina-X and FlexiSpy, have suffered a major breach.  Between the two companies, it is believed over 130,000 records were compromised.  Along with customer records, company records were allegedly exposed, as well as photos and text messages acquired by Retina-X. […]

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Healthcare Industry Projected to Spend Over $65B in Cyber Security in the Next 5 Years

The healthcare industry has become one of the primary targets for cyber security attacks, and they know it.  Therefore, in an attempt to block cyber criminals from attacking their facilities, the healthcare industry plans to increase their cyber security budgets.  According to the Herjavec Group, in the next five years, medical facilities will spend over […]

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