BlackBerry Makes an Aggressive Play in the Cyber Security Industry

  BlackBerry Spends $1.4B to Acquire Cyber Security and Artificial Intelligence Firm, Cylance The ex-smartphone mogul, BlackBerry has made some significant changes of focus over the last five years.  Going from a smartphone giant and hardware developer, to making the sharp turn into cyber security. According to CNBC, over the last few years BlackBerry has […]

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PC Matic Earns Recognition for Best IT Anti-Malware Solution

PC Matic Awarded Best IT Anti-Malware Solution by American Security Today PC Pitstop, the makers of PC Matic were awarded the Gold ASTORS Award for the Best IT Anti-Malware Solution by American Security Today earlier this week, in New York City. American Security Today’s 2018 ASTORS Homeland Awards Presentation Luncheon at ISC East was an overwhelming success.  […]

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Another Facebook-Owned Company Suffers Security Breach

Security Gap Found in Facebook-Owned Company Instagram, a social media company owned by Facebook, recently implemented a tool in their platform allowing users to download a copy of all the data Instagram has stored in their account, including pictures, account profile information, and comments.  This feature was deployed in an attempt to accommodate the upcoming […]

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Cyber Criminals Use Browser Extensions to Spread Malware

As if there aren’t enough ways for users to stumble upon malware, hackers are now taking an aggressive approach with browser extensions. Users are known for downloading various browser extensions to increase the use and efficiency of their browsers.  However, as browser extensions become more popular, it increases the odds malicious ones will worm their […]

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Russian Hackers Impersonate U.S. Officials In Cyber Attack Scheme

U.S. Government Targeted by Russian Hackers On November 14, 2018, a Russian hacking group known as APT29 or Cozy Bear, sent out emails impersonating State Department public affairs specialist Susan Stevenson.  The email included a malicious document, claiming to be from State Department official Heather Nauert.  The end goal of the attack was for users to […]

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WinErx03 Scam Creates Panic for PC Users

A New Look to An Old Scam The fake virus scam is not a new concept.  We’ve actually dedicated ad campaigns to the fake virus scam, in an attempt to raise public awareness.  However, as we raise awareness for the pop-up scams hackers were traditionally using, they began using new fraudulent error messages.  Most recently there […]

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Pennsylvania-Based Eye Care Center Suffers Cyber Attack

Pennsylvania Eye Care Facility Suffers Data Breach After Ransomware Attack May Eye Care Center and Associates, located in Hanover, Pennsylvania recently reported a breach of patient records as a result of a cyber attack.  In July 2018, May Eye Care Center suffered a ransomware attack.  The unknown ransomware variant infected the eye care center’s server, leaving […]

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Microsoft Slated to Release Windows Update — Again

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Microsoft Launches October Windows Update, in November The initial launch of the Windows October Update was an epic fail.  After being released for less than a week, Microsoft put a halt on any updates that had yet to initiate, so they could resolve the issues its users had been reporting.  Some of those bugs included incorrect […]

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Virginia High School Falls Victim to Phishing Attack

Virginia High School Suffers Outage After Malware Infects Systems Grassfield High School located in Chesapeake, Virginia, has suffered a cyber attack, leaving various computers utterly useless.  According to school officials, a staff member clicked on a phishing email which infected their computer, as well as others on the network.  At this time, the infection is not system-wide […]

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U.S. Government Begins Sharing Malware Samples

Malware Samples Shared Between Public Sector & U.S. Government According to the U.S. Cyber Command, the Cyber National Mission Force (CNMF) will be sharing different malware samples with the public sector.  It is believed by doing so, the U.S. government can better serve the public to actively thwart cyber attacks.  So far, different malicious variants have […]

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Ransomware Infects Texas Hospital, Potentially Compromising Patient Data

Texas Hospital Suffers Ransomware Attack – Leaving Patients Exposed The Altus Baytown Hospital, located in Baytown, Texas was hit with ransomware in early September.  One week after the infection, hospital officials notified patients their data may be compromised.  The investigation following the malicious infection confirmed hackers accessed patient files during the cyber attack.  However, it […]

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Android Hit with 40% More Malware in 2018 Than 2017

Android Malware Increases 40% Year Over Year According to a recent analysis, mobile malware has increased approximately 40% in 2018.  The analysis showed over 3 million malware variants had been identified by the end of the third quarter of 2018.  The spike in samples is only supposed to continue, with projections putting the year-end total of […]

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Exposing Security Vendors Failing to Protect America’s Public Systems

PC Matic Exposes Failing Security Vendors The concept of an antivirus failing isn’t new.  To be quite frank, it has become rather common.  New ransomware attacks are being successfully executed daily, and only a fraction of them are made public.  And what’s worse — those that do go public, rarely share which security solution they […]

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Hackers Attempt to Sell Details from 120M Facebook Accounts

Facebook Account Details for Sale on Dark Web – But Facebook Denies Breach Hold on…if account details are for sale, who else could have leaked them other than Facebook?  Considering how interconnected everything is, it’s entirely possible a third-party application suffered a breach or even a browser extension.  The exact route that leaked the data remains unknown, but the […]

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Cyber Attacks Strike the Public and Private Sectors of Ontario

Ontario Suffers Ransomware Attacks from Unknown Variants The last couple weeks have been rough for Ontario, leaving both the private and public sectors riddled with ransomware.  First, on October 25th, cyber criminals attacked the Toronto company, ESC Corporate Services.  ESC is an organization that resells sensitive personal and business data collected by the Ontario government.  […]

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Sheriff’s Office Fails to Report Ransomware Attack Responsible for Lost Evidence

Texas Sheriff’s Office in Hot Water After Failure to Disclose Ransomware In 2017, the Hidalgo Sheriff’s Office suffered a ransomware attack by an unknown variant.  According to officials, the infection riddled one of their external computers, leaving internal networks unimpacted.  The Sheriff’s Office was able to restore the computer using backup files; however, those files […]

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America’s SSN Systems Aren’t Secure – But Few Alternatives Are Available

Social security numbers continue to be compromised — we need a solution The fear associated with breaches has subsided.  As a nation, we have become entirely desensitized to this threat, making news of the latest security breach nothing but more significant than today’s weather.  We have accepted this as a way of life, thanks to […]

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U.S. Government Riddled with Malware After Employee Visits Porn Sites

Federal Employee Disregards Technology Compliance, Leaving Network Exposed After an audit of the U.S. Geological Survey department, a federal report was released confirming government networks had been compromised.  According to the report, a federal employee exposed U.S. government systems to malware after visiting multiple pornographic sites.  During the follow-up investigation, the malware exposure was tracked […]

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Latest Ransomware Variant Demands RDP Access to Decrypt Files

New Ransomware Demands RDP Access A new ransomware variant, CommonRansom, has been discovered running in the wild.  This particular form of ransomware will encrypt user files with the .CommonRansom extension.  Post encryption, the victims receive a ransom note demanding a .1 bitcoin payment and access to their RDP ports. CommonRansom Demand Note by BleepingComputer If […]

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Bing Serves Up Malware — But They Aren’t The Only Ones…

Search Engines Vetting Failures Google is currently losing their minds!  Why? Bing has allowed a malicious link to display that is serving up malware instead of a legitimate download for Google Chrome.  But, to be fair, Google is just as guilty… Here’s the story: Last April, Bing was found displaying a fraudulent advertisement when users […]

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Ransomware Takes Down Another Illinois County Office

Another Illinois County Suffers Cyber Attack Just last week, we reported Crawford County in Illinois had been victimized by ransomware.  Now, new reports have been released regarding another public municipality being attacked in Illinois. WAND News 17 has confirmed Moultrie County has also been hit with a cyber attack, with employees stating it was a […]

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40k Patients Exposed After Ransomware Infects Eye Clinic

Ransomware Riddles Iowa Eye Clinic On August 23, 2018, an unknown ransomware variant infected Jones Eye Clinic, located in Sioux City, Iowa.  It remains unclear if the clinic paid the ransom demands in order to regain access to their systems, but months later they’re reporting the attack could have more negative effects than originally thought.  Jones […]

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Top 10 Tricks Cyber Ghouls Hope You Fall For

Hackers Offer No Treats, Only Tricks… As we inch closer and closer to the holiday season, hackers are becoming more and more aware of ways to exploit users.  Below are the top 10 ways cyber criminals are capitalizing on user behavior: Unsecured WiFi connections, what’s the harm? By using public WiFi, or any other form […]

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How to Increase Your Long-Term Client Stickability

By: Gene McNaughton Let’s face it, getting new clients is a difficult task. Most companies are in “hunt-mode”, spending loads of dollars in an attempt to win new deals. One overlooked growth strategy (and one that I rarely find) is in Client Retention. Just think about this for a moment; If you were to lose one of […]

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Avoid Intruders By Simply Locking Your Doors….

Going back to the basics… The concept of cyber security has become convoluted.  Users aren’t sure what software to buy, or if one program is even enough.  Often times they’ll try to use three different products that all do the same thing, which in turn interferes with each one’s functionality. So, PC Matic wants to go […]

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VARs and MSPs Face Security Excuses Daily – Here’s the Top 5 Rebuttals

Today’s Top Cyber Security Excuses MSPs and VARs Face Often times value added resellers (VARs) and managed service providers (MSPs) hear how cyber security has already been addressed within an organization.  Therefore, trying to get potential customers to entertain an alternative solution can be a bit tricky. Here are the top excuses VARs and MSPs […]

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Crawford County Issues Payroll Manually After Suffering Cyber Attack

Illinois’ Crawford County Suffers Severe Cyber Attack The accounting department of Crawford County, located in Robinson, Illinois, recently was victimized by cyber crime.  Hackers infected the county’s servers and encrypted all of the account receivables, account payables and payroll data.  After consulting with their auditing team, county officials chose to issue payroll manually.  However, the […]

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