PC Matic Pro Named Innovative Product of the Year – Threat Detection Finalist in 2018 Cyber Security Awards 

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 PC Matic Pro is pleased to announce that they have been selected as finalists in the Innovative Product of the Year – Threat Detection for the 2018 Cyber Security Awards. The Cyber Security Awards were established in 2014, to reward the best individuals, teams and companies within the cyber security industry. Excellence and innovation are core […]

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Dutch Government Removes Kaspersky After Fears of Digital Espionage

Issues for Kaspersky Continue to Snowball… The Dutch government released a statement on May 14, 2018 stating they would be phasing out the use of Kaspersky Labs products on government devices, due to the “national security risks” the software presents.  According to CNET, Justice Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus wrote a letter to Parliament stating the Russian […]

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Ohio Police and Fire Departments Suffer Two Ransomware Attacks Within a Month

Ransomware Takes Out Ohio Police and Fire Departments, Again… Riverside Fire and Police Departments, located in Ohio, have been the target of recent ransomware attacks.  In mid-April, an undisclosed ransomware took down the public municipality’s networks.  Officials reported, they did not pay the ransom demands, instead choosing to work with their IT staff to rebuild […]

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Avoid Potentially Unwanted Programs With Simple Download

Potentially Unwanted Programs Are a Nuisance, Avoid Them Now Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) are a common inclusion on various downloadable programs.  Often times, they are found in free programs and applications.   Unfortunately, users do not take the time to disable these programs from installing in addition to the programs their intentionally installing.  Users become, as […]

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Ransomware Takes Down Oregon Public School

Another Ransomware Attack Targets Oregon Public School Roseburg Public Schools in Oregon is the most recent educational institution feeling the wrath of cyber criminals.  On Monday, May 7, 2018, school officials identified an undisclosed ransomware variant on their networks.  The malicious attack took down the school’s email systems, website, and software.  IT professionals are working […]

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Hackers Use The NSA Exploit, EternalBlue to Mine Crypto-Currency

Cyber Criminals Still Exploiting Year Old Vulnerability, EternalBlue The well-known NSA exploit, EternalBlue, caused major issues for PC users around the world when hackers used it to spread the global ransomware attack, WannaCry.  Shortly after this ransomware attack, Microsoft released a patch for the exploit.  One would think, PC users and IT professionals would make […]

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Proactive or Reactive, the Two Alternative Security Approaches

There Are Two Security Approaches – Which Fits You Best? When considering a security solution, individuals consider various aspects including price, usability, compatibility, and customer reviews.  However, how often do customers dig deeper?  Do they look at malware detection rates?  Do they look at the security approach taken by the antivirus vendor?  The answer to […]

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California Medical Facility Notifies Patients of Breach, Post-Ransomware Infection

85,000 Patients Notified of Security Breach The Center of Orthopedic Specialists, a California medical facility, suffered a ransomware infection in February of 2018.  Now months later, the medical facility is informing patients of a potential security breach as a result of the ransomware infection.  Approximately 85,000 patient files may have been compromised, potentially releasing information including: Social […]

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Massachusetts School Pays Hackers – Still Waiting for Data

Leominster Schools of Massachusetts Suffer Ransomware Attack During the week of April 16,, 2018, hackers infiltrated the networks of Leominster Schools, leaving information inaccessible to student and staff.  On Friday, April 20th, officials decided to pay the $10,000 ransom demands via bitcoin.  Massachusetts officials have stated, as of April 26th, they have yet to gain access to their […]

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Georgia Faces Yet another Ransomware Attack

Ransomware Infects Georgia’s Dawson County Dawson County computers were infected with a malicious attack on Monday, April 23, 2018. The attack was first identified by the tax assessor’s office. Shortly after the ransomware was confirmed, servers and endpoints were taken offline in an attempt to mitigate the infection. IT professionals were able to work through […]

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U.S. Considers Sanctioning Kaspersky Labs Products

The Kaspersky Controversy Continue to Grow Yesterday, I wrote on Twitter banning Kaspersky’s ads from their social media platform.  Now, new reports have suggested the U.S. will consider placing a sanction on all Kaspersky products.  This means, all Kaspersky operations will be banned, including their U.S. operations.  According to CyberScoop, New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen, […]

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Newly Released Malware is No One-Trick Pony

Russian Based Malware Found All Over the World A new Russian-based malware variant, deemed SquirtDanger, has been spreading throughout the globe.  SquirtDanger was developed by a single, sophisticated author, who leaves the malicious distribution method up to the hackers.  However, the variant has been found spreading primarily through a Trojan download.  Upon infection, the malicious […]

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Trouble for Kaspersky Continues As Twitter Pulls Their Ads

Twitter Pulls Kaspersky’s Advertising The last twelve months have been rough on Kaspersky, due to speculated relationships between certain company officials and Russian intelligence.  The U.S. government was first urged to determine where they were using the security solution.  They were then given 90 days to remove the program and find an alternative security program.  […]

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Ransomware Riddles Massachusetts Town Office

Rockport, Massachusetts Riddle with Ransomware Ransomware took down networks at the Rockport Town Office, located in Massachusetts, on April 13, 2018.  Since, IT professionals have been working overtime to get computer systems working at full capacity and to restore city data.  Fortunately, they were able to recover data through the backup systems; however, all information […]

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PC Pitstop Wins 2018 InfoSec Award as Market Leader for Anti-Malware Solutions

Cyber Defense Magazine Names PC Pitstop, Makers of PC Matic Pro, Market Leader in Malware Detection Sioux City, Iowa, April 16, 2018 – PC Pitstop, the leader in preventative malware detection, today announced that Cyber Defense Magazine, the industry’s leading electronic information security magazine, has honored PC Pitstop, the makers of PC Matic Pro, in its […]

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Unknown Malware Takes Down California College

California College Suffers Cyber Attack On April 11, 2018, the Long Beach City College suffered a malware infection which took several systems offline.  Forty-eight hours later, multiple systems remain impacted.  According to the California college’s website, those services include: LBCC.edu faculty and staff email LBCC Student Viking Student System Voicemail HR System Financial Services Online Schedule […]

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Business Intelligence Group Names PC Matic Pro as Threat Detection Winner

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PC Matic Pro Wins 2018 Fortress Cyber Security Award Sioux City, IA —April 12, 2018—The Business Intelligence Group today announced that PC Matic Pro has won the 2018 Fortress Cyber Security Awards in the threat detection category. The inaugural program sought to identify and reward the world’s leading companies and products that are working to […]

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Didn’t Read Facebook’s Terms and Conditions? You’re Not Alone

Facebook Works to Change Terms and Conditions to Enhance User Friendliness Facebook has been facing backlash recently due to the security scandal tied to Cambridge Analytica.  This scandal has created a ripple effect regarding concerns expressed by users.  Users of the social media platform are concerned about how their data has been used in the past, […]

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Did the Facebook Leak Impact You?

Find Out If Your Information Was Harvested from Facebook Facebook, continues to work toward rebuilding their brand after facing a major security scandal alongside London’s elections consultancy, Cambridge Analytica.  Reports have confirmed personal data was harvested from the social media giant from Cambridge Analytica.  It is believed, the election firm then used the data to […]

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IBM Reports Ransomware is the World’s Largest Threat

IBM Security Announces Breaches Drop, While Ransomware Skyrockets On Monday, IBM Security announced results from its 2018 IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index which found the number of records breached dropped nearly 25%, while ransomware continues to skyrocket.  Ransomware, malicious software that encrypts files or entire networks, demands a ransom payment to decrypt the files.  Unfortunately, […]

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CERT’s Continue to Praise Application Whitelisting

New Zealand CERT’s critical controls for 2018 are continuing the experts trend of preaching patch management and application whitelisting. This morning an article in Security Brief NZ broke down the 2018 critical controls for NZ in detail. Like previous CERT recommendations in the United States, the core of protection comes from upgrading legacy systems/patch management […]

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Microsoft Scrambles to Patch Windows Defender Vulnerability

Microsoft Security Programs Compromised Due to Security Gap New reports confirmed Microsoft’s security programs, including Windows Defender, are suffering from a major security vulnerability.  The security gap found is within the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine (MMPE), and if it goes unpatched, will allow hackers to do significant damage.  In order for the vulnerability to be exploited, […]

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PC Matic Pro, by PC Pitstop, Featured in CRN’s 2018 Partner Program Guide

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Annual guide recognizes the IT channel’s top partner programs Sioux City, Iowa, April 3, 2018 – PC Matic Pro by PC Pitstop, leaders in proactive endpoint and server security, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has recognized PC Matic Pro by PC Pitstop in its 2018 Partner Program Guide. This annual […]

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Advertising Methods of America’s Antivirus – PC Matic

PC Matic – A Direct Response Advertiser Lately, we have been receiving a significant amount of feedback regarding ad placements, specifically when they air.  This feedback has included praise for what shows we air on, to indifference, to threats of boycotts.  We wanted to address these concerns immediately, however, there are a few things people […]

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Baltimore’s 911 Systems Down After Ransomware Infected Systems

Ransomware Takes Baltimore’s Emergency Systems Offline On March 28, 2018 Baltimore city officials confirmed the city’s emergency systems had been infected with an unknown ransomware variant.  The infection was found on Sunday, March 25th, which led the IT department to taking systems offline.  For approximately 17 hours, Baltimore’s electronic emergency systems were unavailable.  Therefore, employees […]

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One of the Largest Independent Antivirus Testing Organizations, AV-Test, Certifies PC Matic 3.0 

PC Matic Earns Second Consecutive AV-Test Certification PC Matic first tested with AV-Test in the fall of 2017, and earned its first AV-Test certification at that time.  In January and February of 2018, AV-Test conducted another round of testing in their Home Windows test category.  The testing resulted in AV-Test awarding PC Matic 3.0 with […]

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DOJ Moves to Dismiss Kaspersky’s Lawsuit Against Congress

Kaspersky’s Lawsuit May Be Tossed Out… This week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a motion to dismiss Kaspersky’s lawsuit against Congress over the ban of their products.  The Hill reports, “…Kaspersky does not have a legal basis to challenge the Trump administration’s ban on its products because, even if reversed, Congress’s ban would remain in effect.” […]

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US-CERT Urges Implementation of Whitelisting to Thwart Russian Attacks

Government Encourages Application Whitelisting to Boost Security On March 15, 2018 the U.S. government made a statement confirming the U.S. power grid had been compromised by the Russians.  Unsettling news, to say the least.  Although, various news outlets have reported no damage was done, and they believe the primary goal was to send a message.  […]

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Atlanta’s City Systems Suffer Outages After Ransomware Infection

Update, 4/2/2018: The City of Atlanta continues to struggle getting their systems back online.  Since turning on computers last week, they have found a plethora of data that has been left inaccessible.  The city has not paid the $51,000 ransom demand, and remains uncertain if they will be able to recover the remaining data that […]

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New York Clinic Goes to Paper Charting After Ransomware Infects System

New York Medical Facility Riddled with Ransomware Finger Lakes Health, of Geneva, New York was infected with an unknown ransomware variant on March 18, 2018.  Therefore, the medical facility’s systems were left completely encrypted, with an unknown third-party demanding a ransom payment.  The amount of the payment has not been disclosed, and it remains unclear […]

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Ransomware Takes Georgia Town’s Email and Phone Systems Offline

Ransomware Takes Georgia’s City of Hinesville Offline An unknown ransomware variant took down the City of Hinesville in late February.  Initially, the ransomware attack was reported as an IT incident; however, city officials are now reporting their systems were indeed infected with ransomware on February 20th.  The exact ransomware variant is unknown, and the ransom […]

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PC Matic Pro Named Finalist in Cyber Defense Magazine’s InfoSec Awards

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Cyber Defense Magazine Names 2018 InfoSec Awards Finalists Over the last six months, Cyber Defense Magazine has read through over 3,000 nominations for their coveted 2018 InfoSec Awards.  After proper review, the judges have named the finalists.  PC Pitstop is honored to be named one of Cyber Defense Magazine’s 2018 InfoSec Awards finalists for its […]

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Connecticut Court Systems Taken Offline Post-Ransomware Infection

Connecticut Courts Riddled with Ransomware After being corrupted with ransomware, Connecticut court systems had no option but to take their systems offline.  Court staff members first realized there was a problem in their systems on March 9, 2018. The exact ransomware variant that infected the systems is unknown.  However, after investigation, court officials do not […]

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