FBI Urges Private Sector Companies — Remove Kaspersky Labs Now!

FBI Wants Companies to Drop Kaspersky Labs Like a Bad Habit FBI officials are encouraging private sector companies to cease the use of Kaspersky Labs products immediately.  Kaspersky Labs, a Russian-based security solution provider, has been under scrutiny recently due to concerns regarding alleged ties between the company and the Russian government.  As a computer […]

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PC Pitstop Named One of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies — Again!

Inc. Magazine Unveils 36th Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc. 5000 For the 2nd Time, PC Pitstop Appears on the Inc. 5000 list, Ranking No. 4511 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 54.9% NEW YORK, August 17, 2017 — Inc. magazine today ranked PC Pitstop NO. 4511 on its 36th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious […]

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Ransomware Attack Creates Breach Concerns for LA Medical Center

LA Medical Center Infected With Ransomware Pacific Alliance Medical Center, located in Los Angeles California, suffered a ransomware attack in mid-June of 2017.  It is because of this attack, concerns of a data breach have risen.  With the hackers having access to the medical center’s systems, it is possible they had visibility to patient files […]

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Malware Bypasses Antivirus Programs Through PowerPoint Vulnerability

Malware Exploits Microsoft PowerPoint Vulnerability A new malware campaign has been sent into the wild, and most security programs are not detecting it.  Remcos, the malware variant, is bypassing detection by exploiting a Microsoft PowerPoint vulnerability.  Remcos is hidden within a malicious attachment that is being distributed via email.  The email is disguised as an […]

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2017 Global Attacks – PC Matic Customers Not Fazed

PC Matic Customers Protected Against 2017 Global Attacks PC Matic is pleased to report that not a single one of PC Matic, PC Matic Pro or PC Matic MSP customers were impacted by the two global cyber attacks, WannaCry and NotPetya. WannaCry was the first global ransomware attack. The ransomware effectively infected approximately 250,000 endpoints […]

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Kaspersky and Microsoft Settle Antitrust Complaint

Just months ago, Russian-based cyber security company, Kaspersky filed an antitrust complaint with Russia’s Federal Anti-Monopoly Services (FAS).  The complaint was centered around the concern of Microsoft using their market share in the PC industry to push end-users to Microsoft’s security program, Windows Defender.  A specific issue sited included Microsoft blocking third-party security vendors from […]

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Application Whitelisting — Is it too extreme?

Whitelisting – Is it worth the work? Recently, Information Week reported application whitelisting as an “extreme” method for preventing malware.  Is it extreme?  It very well could be.  Application whitelisting goes against the very core of traditional security programs.  Instead of using a blacklist, which allows unknown files to execute until proven malicious, a whitelist […]

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Script Engines Being Used to Distribute New Strain of Spora Ransomware

We’ve recently been covering scripting attacks in more detail on the Malware Research blog. These types of attacks have the ability to be completely fileless, as explained in a previous post. However, scripts also sometimes do come in files or accompany file-based malware. The new strain of Spora malware does just this. It uses a […]

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Cerber Ransomware Expands It’s Corruption Power

Cerber is now draining bitcoin wallets, on top of encrypting files Cerber, a ransomware variant that has been notorious for making alterations to its malware to worsen the impact, has done it again.  Now the ransomware variant is targeting bitcoin wallets.  Once infected with Cerber, the malware will search the user’s device for different files […]

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Ransomware Attack Creates Breach Concern for SD Medical Facility

Aftermath of South Dakota Medical Facility Ransomware Attack In February of 2017,  Plastic Surgery Associates of South Dakota was hit with a ransomware attack.  The malware left medical records encrypted, completely unavailable to staff.  The medical facility reached out to third-party investigators for assistance.  However, in April, all evidence was lost.  Therefore, it is unclear […]

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300K Pennsylvania Patient Files Breached After Ransomware Hit

Pennsylvania Ransomware Attack Leads to Significant Breach An unknown ransomware variant hit the Women’s Health Group, located in Pennsylvania.  The ransomware hit impacted 45 offices.  However, officials reported the encrypted data was restored through the backup system. The ransomware attack also lead to a significant security breach, impacting approximately 300,000 patient files.  The information breached […]

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And You Thought WannaCry and NotPetya Were Bad…

Money Wasn’t Their End-Game… Combined, WannaCry and NotPetya, the two global attacks that hit the world in the last 90 days, received payouts of approximately $150,000 USD.  To some it may sound like a lot – but to cyber criminals, that’s nothing.  WannaCry and NotPetya were not in corrupting company data with the end goal […]

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Ransomware Investigation Discovered Bigger Issues

Breach discovered during ransomware investigation… The Peachtree Neurological Clinic, located in Atlanta, Georgia was hit with ransomware.  The clinic is not disclosing when the attack took place.  However, they did report not paying the ransom demand and restoring the files internally.  Although, throughout the investigation and remediation process, the medical facility learned of a security breach. […]

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Largest San Francisco Radio Station Still Struggling After Ransomware Hit

Impact Still Felt, A Month After Ransomware Attack KQED, the largest radio station in San Francisco is still struggling to get back to day-to-day operations after ransomware took down their computers in mid-June.  Tech Talk first reported the attack on June 17th, just two days after the ransomware hit.  The station’s streaming services were pushed […]

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Three Michigan Medical Facilities Corrupted by Ransomware

Caro Medical Facilities Paralyzed by Ransomware Three medical facilities, all tied to the Caro Community Hospital were infected with ransomware on July 5, 2017.  According to WNEM, the Caro Community Hospital, Caro Medical Clinic and the Caro Quick Care were impacted by the ransomware that hit the Caro Community Hospital’s database.  Once aware of the attack, […]

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Canadian Firm Pays $425K in Ransom Demands

Cyber Criminals Take Down Canadian Company Last weekend, and unnamed Canadian firm was hit with ransomware.  IT World Canada reported, the ransomware was able to infiltrate the system by worming its way through vulnerabilities found in the company’s Windows operating system.  The malicious software took down the company’s databases and wiped out all of their […]

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LeakerLocker Ransomware Takes Different Approach

LeakerLocker Doesn’t Encrypt… The new ransomware, LeakerLocker, is taking a different approach to exploiting their victims.  Instead of targeting PCs, LeakerLocker focuses on smart phones.  Within the device, they then create an unauthorized copy of the user’s pictures, videos and browsing history.  They then, threaten to share all of this information with every person in […]

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If Congress Gets Their Way – It’ll be Goodbye to Kaspersky Labs

U.S. Government Using Kaspersky Labs As early as 2008, Russian-based antivirus company, Kaspersky Labs, has been used on U.S. government devices.  However, with the rising concern of ties between Kaspersky Labs and the Russian government, the United States Congress is taking major steps to prevent the use of Kaspersky on government devices.  In May of […]

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