Reports Claim Kaspersky Knowingly Played Role in NSA Hack

More Breaking News – Kaspersky Labs Knew of NSA Breach Role? In 2015 a government contractor placed confidential, NSA data on his personal computer.  This computer was using the Russian-based security solution, Kaspersky Labs.  Allegations have been surrounding Kaspersky Labs, regarding inappropriate ties to the Russian government, as well as collusion with the hackers who […]

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PC Pitstop Renews Membership with National Minority Supplier Development Council 

PC Pitstop Remains NMSDC Member The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) is the global leader in advancing business opportunities for its certified Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business enterprises and connecting them to member corporations. This is the second consecutive year PC Pitstop is was recognized as an minority group member (MBE) of […]

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Windows Update Leaves Customers With Major Errors

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Windows Update Leaves Customers with Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) Microsoft released a Windows update on October 10, 2017 for their Windows 10 operating system (OS).  Updates are conducted with the purpose of enhancing the OS.  These changes may be for security purposes and/or performance.  However, this update created more issues for users than enhancements.  […]

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NY Hospital Dumps $10M to Rebuild Systems After Ransomware Attack

Ransomware completely took over Erie County Medical Center’s (ECMC) computer systems in April.  The malware completely corrupted the systems, and the hackers demanded $30,000 in ransom if they wanted the systems restored.  Instead, the medical facility spent approximately $10 million to rebuild its systems.  Roughly half of those funds were the cost of hardware, software, and […]

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Israel Warned U.S. of Kaspersky After Hacking Their Network

Israel Raises Concerns to U.S. Regarding Kaspersky Labs Americans now have a better idea why the government has decided to block federal agencies from using Russian-based security company, Kaspersky Labs, products.  Engadget reported, “Israel-linked hackers were watching Russian hackers breach an NSA contractor’s computer in real-time using a popular anti-virus tool. “ During this process, […]

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FormBook Targets U.S. Defense Contractors, Aerospace Firms & Manufacturing Sector

Latest Malware, FormBook, Targeting Major Organizations FormBook, a new malware variant has been targeting aerospace firms, U.S. defense contractors and manufacturing organizations in the U.S. and South Korea.  This latest malware uses an executable that is included as a malicious attachment within phishing campaigns.  Depending on the country being targeting the email attachment varies.  For […]

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Ransomware Attacks Denver Metro Area

City’s Internal Systems Taken Offline After Cyber Attack The City of Englewood, a metropolitan area of the Denver-Aurora Colorado area, was hit with ransomware on October 3rd.  Once officials determined the systems had been compromised, they were taken offline in an attempt to prevent the ransomware from spreading.  The infection impacted all of the city’s […]

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Kremlin Hackers Use Kaspersky Antivirus to Obtain NSA Data

New Developments Explain How Russia Obtained NSA’s Internal Details – And Guess Who’s in the Middle?? In 2015, the National Security Agency (NSA) suffered a data breach, that went undetected until early spring of 2016.  The breach was direct aftermath of a contractor transferring highly classified information to his home PC.  The hackers, who were […]

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Locky Ransomware Returns as Ykcol

Locky Encrypts Files Leaving a .Ykcol Extension A new Locky variant has been released into the wild and upon initial review it led researchers to a believe it was a new strain entirely, called Ykcol.  However, after additional review, experts have confirmed Ykcol is another version of Locky. The email subject line has been confirmed […]

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What is an Advanced Persistent Threat (APT)?

In the anti-malware world, you may hear the term APT which is short for Advanced Persistent Threat. It sounds like a complicated buzzword. What is it really? Before we start talking about what an “advanced” persistent threat is, let’s just start with a plain ol’ persistent threat. In computer science, the term “persistence” is generally […]

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Russians Allowed to Dissect Pentagon’s Security Software

Pentagon’s Security Software Source Codes Provided to Russian Defense Agency Wait, what?!  Yes, it is true.  Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) allowed a Russian defense agency to dissect the source codes for the security software used by the U.S. military.  The HPE program, deemed ArcSight, alerts analysts when there are concerns computer systems are under attack.  […]

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128K Patients Potentially Impacted After Ransomware Hit

Arkansas Medical Facility Faces Potential Breach After Ransomware Attack An estimated 128,000 patient files may have been compromised as a result of being the victim of a ransomware hit.  In July, the Arkansas Oral Facial Surgery Center in Fayetteville was struck with ransomware.  Although the malicious attack was identified promptly, there were still patient files, x-ray […]

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Hackers Demand $19K After Infecting California School District

San Ysidro School District Suffers Ransomware Attack On September 16th, San Ysidro School District of California was hit with a ransomware attack.  The ransomware impacted emails from August through the middle of September, as well as select computer files.  After encryption, an automated message was sent to the district demanding $19,000 to restore the emails […]

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Application Whitelisting — Is it Feasible for the Medical Field?

Application Control for Medical Professionals Decision Health recently published a lengthy article on Plan B News regarding application whitelisting within the medial field.  With the advanced technological methods being used within the healthcare industry, and the ever-evolving software, IT administrators were curious if whitelisting could fit in this field.  Roy Edroso stated application whitelisting is […]

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PC Matic CEO Slated to Speak at Synnex Inspire Event

Rob Cheng Presents, Winning the War on Ransomware, at Synnex Inspire Event PC Matic Pro announces CEO, Rob Cheng, will be presenting at the Synnex Inspire Conference. This event is the technology industry’s premier conference for partner planning and content, and will be located in Greenville, South Carolina October 4-6, at the TD Convention Center. […]

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Clients’ Secret Emails Revealed After Deloitte Hit With Cyber Attack

Major Accountancy Firm Suffers Cyber Attack Cyber criminals infiltrated one of the world’s “big-four” accountancy firms, Deloitte.  It is believed the attacks wormed into the system in November or December of last year and remained undetected until March of 2017.  During this time, the hackers were able to access the company’s email systems, and potentially […]

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89% of PC Users Say Malware Prevention Is Key

Malware Prevention Vs. Detection Malware infections have continued to spread at alarming rates.  Whether it is ransomware, which encrypts data and demands a payment from the victim to regain access, or fileless malware which bypasses most security solutions, malware threats continue to grow daily.  Once a version of malware is detected as malicious, it is […]

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PC Matic Pro and MSP Partners — Register For Your Free ChannelPro Seats Now!

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The ChannelPro SMB Forum 2017 in Iselin, New Jersey is taking place November 2, 2017 and YOU’RE INVITED TO JOIN US! We are a proud sponsor of their upcoming event. Spend one day with the ChannelPro event team and they’ll send you home with all the expert sales, marketing, product, and operations advice you need to grow […]

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SEC Breach Could’ve Led to Illegal Trade Gains

SEC Breach Leaves Open Doors for Hackers The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), discovered a security breach last year.  However, until recently, no one knew the data obtained through the SEC breach could have led to illegal trade gains.  Unfortunately, additional information is not being disclosed regarding this issue. Reports state, “The agency did not […]

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$301M Paid in Ransoms by SMBs in One Year

SMBs Continue to be Hacker’s Target A recent study, State of the Channel Ransomware Report, collected data on over 100,000 small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) regarding the cyber threat, ransomware.  The information collected was based on data from the second quarter of 2016 through the second quarter of 2017.  It was found, fewer SMBs were […]

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Montgomery County Alabama Suffers Massive Ransomware Attack

County Offices Not Functioning After Ransomware Crippled Systems Montgomery County of Alabama has been the latest ransomware attack victim.  The ransomware variant that wormed its way into the county’s systems has not been reported, nor has the ransom demand.  However, government officials stated they are doing everything in their power to restore the county’s systems […]

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Top 5 Tips to Combat Ransomware

Top Tips to Keep Your Data Secure Recently Beta News published an article on how, The practical guide to fighting ransomware.  The article listed several tips, timelines for implementation, and explanations why the tips were important.  A vast majority of the information throughout the article was correct and indisputably great advice.  However, a few tips […]

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Popular PC Maintenance Program, CCleaner, Hacked and Installed Malware on 2B Devices

Update 9/22/2017: Avast representative has made the following statement: “We believe that these users are safe now as our investigation indicates we were able to disarm the threat before it was able to do any harm.  We estimate that 2.27 million users had the affected software installed on 32-bit Windows machines.” The estimated users impacted […]

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U.S. Government Ordered Federal Agencies to Remove Kaspersky From All Devices

Federal Agencies Have 90 Days to Remove Kaspersky Labs Products Moscow-based security company, Kaspersky Labs, has been in hot water this year.  With the U.S. investigating potential ties between the company and the Russian government, several entities have abandon the use of the popular antivirus.  First, the U.S. government removed Kaspersky from all military devices. […]

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ATTENTION: PC Matic Customers in the Kansas City Area

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PC Matic Sponsors Kansas City Tech Security Conference The tech security conference is scheduled for Thursday, September 21st, and will be located at the DoubleTree by Hilton, in Overland Park.  This all day event will feature industry experts  discussing current security and compliance issues.  Some of focus points include social media, email, internet and cloud security. […]

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