Ransomware Attack Targeted North Bend Police Department

City Networks Riddled with Ransomware An unknown ransomware variant hit the City of North Bend a mere weeks ago.  The cyber attack originally targeted the North Bend police department; however, since the city’s networks are intertwined, the malicious software spread beyond its initial target.  The ransom note demanded a payment of $50,000 and was addressed […]

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Scammers Exploit 11 Year-Old Firefox Vulnerability

Firefox Leaves Security Gap Open for Hackers… One of the top used browsers, Firefox, has left a security gap open which hackers and scammers continue to exploit.  These cyber criminals are embedding an iframe into various malicious website’s source code, which can be exploited on each browser (Chrome, Edge, or Firefox).  However, it is how the […]

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California Eye Clinic Suffers Ransomware Attack

Cyber Attack Leaves California Eye Clinic Data Encrypted The Redwood Eye Center, located in Vallejo, California, recently notified approximately 16,000 patients their personal information may have been compromised due to a cyber attack.  On September 19, 2018 the Redwood Eye Center’s third-party vendor, IT Lighthouse suffered a ransomware attack.  This malicious infection impacted the vendor’s database which […]

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Ransomware Takes Over China, Infecting 100k PCs

Update 12/10/2018 – Authorities have a suspect in custody.  The Chinese police were able to track the suspect down due to the personal information used to create the WeChat app to collect the ransom demands. New Ransomware Attack Targets Chinese Users A new ransomware variant has infected 100,000 Windows PCs in China by encryption the […]

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Rhode Island Health Center Suffers Ransomware Attacks

Thundermist Health Center of Rhode Island Suffers Cyber Attack On November 28, 2018, Thundermist Health Center was hit by a ransomware attack.  The medical facility shut down all networks once the cyber attack was found, in order to minimize the threat spreading further.  Meaning, medical professionals had no access to the patient’s electronic health records.  Therefore, all appointments that […]

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Top 5 Ransomware Attacks of 2018

It’s no secret that ransomware has overrun the public and private sector.  Ransomware damages are projected to increase to $20 billion in the next three years, making a resolution appear to be impossible. In 2018, several ransomware variants spread throughout the globe, ranging from Dharma to SamSam.  These ransomware infections did not discriminate based on […]

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Crypto-Mining Tools Used for More Than Mining Digital Currency

Hackers Exploit Crypto-Mining Tools Crypto-mining tools are often legitimate, meaning they will run on a device without having issues.  These software programs are what people use to mine digital currencies, which again, is completely legal if done on machines you own.  However, hackers have found alternative ways to use crypto-mining software, beyond its original purpose.  […]

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Police Shut Down 16 Fake Virus Scam Call Centers

Indian Call Centers Raided for Fake Virus Scam Last week, 16 fake virus scam call centers in Gurgaon and Noida, India were raided.  This led to the arrest of 39 people for allegedly impersonating technical support representatives for companies like Microsoft, Apple, Dell and HP.  In the raid, police officers found various pieces of evidence […]

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Ransomware Damages Projected to Reach $20B by 2021

Ransomware Damages Increase to $20B in Three Years If we look at cyber crime, as a business instead of the crime that it is, we may begin to understand it a bit better.  This “business” is booming, and there’s no end in sight.  Why?  Because society worldwide is making it profitable.  Any business that is […]

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Cable Car System Rendered Useless Due to Ransomware Attack

Ransomware Attack Takes Out Moscow’s Cable Car System Mere days after Moscow opened their first cable car system, it was shut down due to a ransomware infection.  The cyber attack rendered the cable car network useless after successfully installing ransomware on the computer in charge of operating the system.  This left Russian citizens frustrated, as […]

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AV-Test Breaks Down PC Matic’s Performance, Protection, and Usability

PC Matic Earns AV-Test Certification PC Matic has been testing with AV-Test since the fall of 2017, with test scores progressively increasing.  In September and October, AV-Test conducted another round of testing, leaving PC Matic with its best protection and performance scores yet. **The scores discussed below are an average of PC Matic’s scores for both September and […]

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Whitelisting Keeps the Education Sector Secure

Four Months of Data Exposes Malware Trends From January 2018 to April 2018, PC Matic Pro accumulated various data points while school was in session at a 1,000 endpoint school.  The goal was to gather as much data as we could regarding the protection we provide to these institutions and to identify any trends. What […]

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Ransomware Drives 44.53% of Users to Reconsider Their Antivirus Solutions

Ransomware attacks are taking place daily, and increased news coverage is making the public more aware of this cyber threat.  The same can be said for another cyber threat, crypto-jacking. Not long ago, computer users would have no idea what either of those terms meant. Now, increased awareness is leading users to reconsider their antivirus […]

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PC Matic Makes Major Enhancements During Q3

Throughout the third quarter, our development team made some significant enhancements to PC Matic.   PC Matic Revamps Android Product and Enhances SuperShield These new developments include a revamp to our Android product.  The backend of the PC Matic Android application has been completely rebuilt from the ground up with our newest release. We’re so […]

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A Quarterly Update on PC Pitstop, PC Matic, and the AV Industry

A View From the Top Juniper Research, out of the UK, estimates that worldwide cybercrime will reach $2 trillion in 2019.  Cybersecurity Ventures, an American research firm, estimates that same number will grow to $6 trillion in 2021.  That’s more than the entire economy of the United Kingdom. The first modern day ransomware struck in […]

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38 Days of Giving Back has Begun with The Paper Angels Campaign

100% of Revenues Going to Project Meet Me Halfway Have you heard of Giving Tuesday?  It’s the Tuesday after Cyber Monday, which is meant to focus on giving back to organizations or your community.  The idea is pretty wonderful, considering the days leading up to it are full of buying the latest gadgets for friends, […]

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Google Play Store, Once Again, Riddled With Malware

After two malicious apps made it to “trending” status, Google realized they had a major issue… This week, Google removed 13 driving-themed games from their Play Store after determining they were riddled with malware.  Unfortunately, that wasn’t until after they had been downloaded over half a million times. An initial warning was issued about the […]

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USPS Suffers Major Breach, Leaving Millions Exposed

60 Million Users Exposed Due to USPS’s Overlooked Security Breach The United States Postal Service (USPS) just fixed a security vulnerability that previously allowed anyone who has an account at usps.com, to view account details for approximately 60 million other users.  What is worse is, in some cases, users were able to access and modify account […]

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Hackers Steal Resources from Make-A-Wish Foundation

It’s always been clear criminals of any kind typically don’t follow, or even have, a moral compass.  There are the “really bad” criminals, that do things warranting a life sentence.  And then there are the “slap on the wrist” criminals who have minor legal infractions and pay a fine or do community service to wipe their […]

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Security Breach Leaves 12K Patient Files Exposed

Major Security Breach Leaves Thousands of Patients Exposed Inova Health Systems, a non-profit health organization based in Falls Church, Virginia, was hit with a security breach in September 2018.  This breach potentially impacted over 12,000 patients in six different medical facilities. The parent company, Valley Health, has sent letters to potentially impacted patients. How Did It Happen? […]

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Ransomware Pushes Two Ohio Hospitals Offline

Ohio Hospitals Become Latest Ransomware Victims Cyber criminals once again impacted patient care at two Ohio hospitals.  On Friday, November 23, 2018, Ohio Valley Medical Center and East Ohio Regional Hospital were infected with an unknown ransomware variant.  The malicious attack locked the medical facility’s networks, leaving them with no choice but to take their systems […]

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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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