Hackers Exploit Meltdown/Spectre Vulnerabilities with Malicious “Patches”

Cyber Criminals Use Processor Vulnerabilities to Spread Malware Once security issues go global, cyber criminals tend to exploit them for their own gain.  It happened with the global ransomware treats, NotPetya, BadRabbit and WannaCry.  Hackers used fraudulent decryption keys to spread malware.  Now, they’re using malicious Meltdown/Spectre “patches” to spread malware.  According to Tech Republic, […]

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Indiana Hospital Resorts to Paper Filing After Ransomware Takes Down Systems

Update, 1/16/2018: Hancock Regional Hospital ended up paying the ransom demand of $55,000.  Officials are still reporting patient data was not breached.  Officials did report the 1,400 files that were ecrypted were backed up, and could have been replaced.  Although, they believed it would be more cost effective to pay the ransom demands to regain […]

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PC Matic Pro Increases Partnerships and Brand Awareness

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PC Matic Pro Team Boosts Partnerships and Brand Awareness Throughout 2017 Our team was dedicated to nurturing current partnerships, and establishing new ones during the fourth quarter of 2017.  During that time, our team traveled to 16 different events promoting our products and increasing brand awareness.  Of those 16, we would like to highlight the […]

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Ransomware Infects South Dakota City Hall

Cyber Attack Hits South Dakota Town The first publicized ransomware attack appears to have taken place in the small town of Belle Fourche, South Dakota.  On January 4th, officials reported two of Belle Fourche’s city hall computers were inoperable after ransomware had infiltrated the system.  Neither the ransomware variant, nor the ransom demands have been […]

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Meltdown and Spectre FAQs for VARs and MSPs

The vulnerabilities, Meltdown and Spectre, have created a significant security concern around the globe.  Listed below are common questions managed service providers (MSPs) and value-added resellers (VARs) may be facing due to these security gaps. What is Meltdown? Meltdown is a security gap lying deep within the kernel of Intel processors. Meltdown, allows for programs […]

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Dartmouth College Hit With Ransomware Attack

Cyber Criminals Target College in Ransomware Attack On December 18, 2017 Dartmouth College, located in Hanover, New Hampshire, was the victim of a cyber attack.  Officials noticed unauthorized activity, and determined there was a virus on their systems.  It was determined the virus was designed to encrypt files.  Although, the encryption was not able to […]

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Top Cyber Threats of 2017 & Tips to Stay Safe in 2018

The 2017 Global Threat Intelligence Report (GTIR) broke down the cyber security threats the world faced last year.  Not only will we discuss some key features, but also ways to mitigate each threat. 73% of Malware Attacks were Distributed via Phishing Attacks Emails with malicious intent, or phishing emails, proved to be the method of […]

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Security Gaps Found in Billions of Processors

Security Gap Deemed Meltdown Exposed Intel has recently reported a major security gap lying deep within the kernel.  The kernel lies deep within the operating system, and manages operations between the computer and the hardware.  The security gap, deemed Meltdown, allows for programs and applications to communicate with one another through the kernel.  Typically, this […]

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North Carolina School District Pays $314k to Restore Systems

Malware Took Out Devices at Three North Carolina Schools Right before school was scheduled to be released for winter break, malware completely took over three of Rockingham County’s school systems.  The virus originated in Bethany Elementary, Western Rockingham Middle School, and the district’s Central Office.  It is believed no other schools were impacted.  However, of […]

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Two Romanians Facing Charges for Hacking 123 D.C. Cameras

Hackers Arrested for Massive Cyber Attack Almost a year ago, PC Pitstop reported on a ransomware attack that took out 123 surveillance cameras days before President Trump’s inauguration.  After determining the cameras were infected with malware, it was determined Dharma and Cerber ransomware were also on the systems.  Beyond infecting the systems with ransomware, there […]

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Ransomware Attack Impacts Nebraska Eye Clinic

Nebraska Eye Clinic Releases Statement Regarding Ransomware Infection Eye Physicians, P.C., located in Columbus, Nebraska was the victim of a ransomware attack in October.  The ransomware variant infiltrated the facilities systems, encrypting files on some of its servers.  Eye Physicians, P.C. was able to restore all encrypted files with their backup files.  The organization made […]

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Colorado Medical Practice Suffers Ransomware and Potential Breach

Longs Peak Family Practice in Colorado Suffers Cyber Attacks Longs Peak Family Practice in Longmont, Colorado suffered a ransomware attack in early November.  According to their public statement, the facility did not pay the ransom.  Instead they were able to remediate the encrypted files using backups.  A few days after the ransomware attack, the IT […]

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Crypto-Mining Malware Spreading Through Facebook Messenger

Crypto-Mining Malware Goes Global Through Messenger With crypto-currency at an all-time high, everyone and their grandmother seems to have found a way to get their hands on it.  Which is exactly why hackers are now creating malware which will mine for the digital currency.  The new malware, deemed Digmine is spreading through Facebook Messenger.  The […]

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More Ransomware Infections Disclosed to the Public

The Malicious Software that Doesn’t Slow Down… Ransomware recently took down the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s website.  The infection was reported earlier this month, and it took 11 days for the website to be restored.  The ransomware variant and ransom demands were not released.  However, officials reported they were able to restore systems using their […]

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Kaspersky Files Lawsuit Against Department of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security Files Binding Operating Directive 17-01 Leading Kaspersky to Take Action Earlier this month, President Trump signed into law the Binding Operating Directive 17-01  (BOD).  The BOD called for a ban of Kaspersky Labs products on U.S. government devices.  Throughout this year, concerns have risen regarding potential ties between the Russian government and Russian-based security […]

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2017 Comes to a Close, But Ransomware is Still Booming

New Ransomware Attacks Target Schools and Public Municipalities In the last week, two school districts have released statements confirming ransomware infections throughout their systems.  The first, Proctor School District, located in Duluth, Minnesota, reported the infection impacted middle school and high school computers that were left on over the weekend.  The ransomware variant that infiltrated […]

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Why Ransomware is Targeting Education Sector

The Education Sector has Major Target on Their Backs… Ransomware has been targeting educational institutions throughout this year.  In January, the Los Angeles Community College District was hit with ransomware, and paid the hackers $28,000 to decrypt their files.  Months later, Dorchester School District Two was infected with ransomware, and paid $2,900 to get their files decrypted.  […]

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Security Gap Found in Hundreds of HP Laptops

Security Hole Found in Popular Software Used in Hundreds of HP PCs According to the Business Insider, a security researcher recently found a security vulnerability within the Synaptics software that controls keyboard and trackpad inputs on hundreds HP laptop models. The security gap, is the keylogger function within the Synaptics software.  The technology can be misused […]

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16k Patient Files Corrupted After New Jersey Medical Center Hit With Ransomware

Ransomware Took Out New Jersey Medical Facilities Files In September, ransomware corrupted the Hackensack Sleep and Pulmonary Center’s systems.  The ransomware variant that infiltrated the system was not released, nor was the ransom demand.  However, according to Healthcare IT News, the medical center had prepared for cyber attacks and were able to effectively restore their systems […]

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Village of Nashotah Pays Hackers $2K to Recover Files

Wisconsin Village Pays Thousands After Ransomware Infects Files The Village of Nashotah, located in Wisconsin, is recovering from a recent ransomware attack.  Ransomware, the malicious software the locks files and then sends victims a payment demand to unlock the files, has been an increasingly popular tool for cyber criminals.  The specific ransomware variant that took […]

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Months After Attack Ohio Fire and EMS Station Remains Without Data

Ransomware Took Out Years of Data from Ohio Fire and EMS Station The Mad River Twp. Fire and EMS station is currently without years of data, after a ransomware attack infected their systems in August.  The Mad River Twp. Fire and EMS station is located in Enon, Ohio.  Officials reported the encrypted data does not […]

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North Carolina County Office May Pay $23k Ransom Demands

Ransomware Takes North Carolina Mecklenburg County Offices Offline Update 12/7/2017 – County officials have reported they do not plan to pay the $23,000 ransom.  Instead, they will use backup files to restore the encrypted data.  It is unknown how long servers will remain offline to remediate the issues. The Mecklenburg County offices, located in Charlotte, North […]

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86% of Users Deem Data Security More Important Than User Friendliness

User Friendliness or Data Security? PC Pitstop has been conducting a survey on their blog page, TechTalk, regarding what users deem most important – user friendliness or data security.  An overwhelming majority believe security supersedes user friendliness.  According to the survey results, 86% of users believe security is more important.  We all know security should […]

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Ransomware Impacts Over 3K Patient Files at Minneapolis Clinic

Ransomware Leaves Patient Files Exposed A recent ransomware attack on the Colorado Center of Reproductive Medicine (CCRM) impacted approximately 3,300 patient files within the Minneapolis, Minnesota location.  Fortunately, none of the other CCRM branch offices were impacted.  Officials have reported there is no evidence the patient information that may have been taken by the hackers […]

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39 Texas School Districts Impacted by a Single Ransomware Infection

Ransomware Attacks Texas Department of Agriculture In October the Texas Department of Agriculture was hit with an unknown ransomware variant.  The malicious software was able to infiltrate the system through an employee’s computer.  Although the ransomware was detected quickly, it was still able to encrypt files and compromise student data from area schools. Since the […]

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Unpacking Malware Part 2 – Reconstructing the Import Address Table

READ FIRST: Disclaimer – Malware can destroy data, damage your computer, cause your computer to damage other computers, steal information, or cause other harm to property and even life in the case of a system which is in control of some equipment or machinery. When analyzing malware, you must always do so on a machine […]

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