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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Scarab Ransomware Distributed to Over 12.5M Email Accounts

Scarab Ransomware Explodes Worldwide A new ransomware variant, deemed Scarab, began taking the world by storm earlier this month.  The new variant was first discovered on November 23, 2017.  Since being discovered, it is believed the ransomware was sent to over 12,500,000 different email accounts.  The emails distributed included the ransomware in a .zip file, […]

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California Hospital Agrees to $2M Settlement After Breach

California Medical Facility Owes $2M After Reaching Settlement with the State Cottage Hospital was the victim of a breach that lasted a whopping three years.  From 2011 to 2013, a security breach left 50,000 patient records exposed to anyone and everyone who completed a basic Google search.  The information available online included patient names, addresses, […]

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Ransomware Hackers Delete 30M Files From Sacramento Regional Transit

Millions of Files Deleted After Ransomware Hit On the evening of November 18, 2017, the Sacramento Regional Transit systems were hit with ransomware.  The initial red flag was when the hackers defaced the Sacramento Regional Transit website.  According to the Sacramento Bee, when visitors would attempt to access the website, they would instead get a […]

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PC Matic Named Best Anti-Malware Solution by American Security Today

PC Matic Awarded Platinum ASTORS Award Last week, PC Pitstop, the makers of PC Matic were awarded the Platinum ASTORS Award for the Best Anti-Malware Solution by American Security Today. American Security Today’s 2017 ASTORS Homeland Awards Presentation Luncheon at ISC East was an overwhelming success.  The ceremony brought over 100 professionals from across North America and the […]

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Ransomware Damage Costs Projected at $11.5B in 2019

Ransomware Damages Projected to Skyrocket With 2017 coming to an end, the final ransomware damages are being released.  This year alone, ransomware damages are projected to total $5 billion.  This includes not only the ransom demands paid, but also the company downtime, remediation efforts, loss in productivity, investigation costs and reputation damages.  One would almost […]

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Weekly IT Recap

This week, several breaking news stories hit.  Here are the top five, classified by PC Pitstop. NASA spends $1.4B on information technology – Yes, you read that right.  NASA blew spent 7.6% of their $18.5 billion budget on information security.  They should be good to go, right?! Wrong.  According to ZD Net, they are still […]

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Illinois High School Victim of Targeted Ransomware Attack

J. Sterling Morton High School Targeted Victim of Ransomware J. Sterling Morton High School, located in Cicero, Illinois has been the victim of a targeted ransomware attack.  The ransomware is being delivered through a student survey specifically designed for J. Sterling Morton high school students.  As seen below, the survey is poorly designed, but students […]

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Phishing Impacts Victims Far More Than Breaches

Study Reveals Phishing Victims Found to Lose More Than Breach Victims Google conducted a yearlong study regarding the impacts of data breaches compared to phishing scams.  The study found only 7% of individuals whose data was exposed due to a security breach, were still using the same password.  Therefore, although the data was breached, cyber criminals […]

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Ransomware Attacks Tennessee City Offices

Ransomware Strikes Spring Hill, Tennessee The City of Spring Hill was hit with an unknown ransomware variant last Friday.  After encrypting the city’s files, the hackers demanded $250,000 to restore the systems.  City officials reported they contacted the appropriate law enforcement and chose not to pay the ransom.  Instead they are going to restore the […]

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Chrome Continues to Experience Malware Issues

Chrome Web Store Includes Malicious Extensions Google Chrome has been experiencing significant issues due to malicious extensions being available in the Chrome Web Store.  The users who are downloading the malware-riddled extensions are unaware what they are downloading is malicious.  The perception is, if the application is available through the Chrome, Google, or Apple store, […]

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New Bill Proposed to Address Cyber Threats in Medical Industry

In 2017, there have been over 20 medical facilities that were infected with ransomware.  It remains uncertain how many of these facilities paid the ransom demands; however, each and every one of them reported issues with patient care due to the ransomware infection.  These issues range from the inability to access patient records, to turning […]

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Alleged #LeakTheAnalyst Hacker Arrested

#LeakTheAnalyst Hacker in Custody BleepingComputer reported, after a 90 day investigation, officials were able to arrest the individual they believe is behind the #LeakTheAnalyst hacker.  The hack, which took place earlier this summer, was targeting Mandiant, a FireEye company.  Although, initial concerns were that Mandiant’s systems were breached, it turns out the hack was actually of […]

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Ransomware Attacks Kansas Non-Profit

Hackers Breach Kansas Non-Profit Center, Locking Files for Ransom Cyber criminals were able to breach Kansas non-profit facility, East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging of Ottawa, Kansas.  The hack occurred in September and took a full two months to fully investigate.  The hackers were able to execute a successful breach of the non-profit agency, which […]

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Hackers Expose Student Data, Then Demand $30,000

Hackers Demand $30,000 or Else… Ransomware, or malicious software that locks data and demands a payment to unlock it, isn’t something uncommon.  Unfortunately, ransomware has become one of today’s largest cyber security threats.  Therefore, it should come as no surprise that yet another ransomware attack has hit Canadian college, University of Fraser Valley.  Although, these […]

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“Recommended” Installation Process Often Includes Bloatware

Microsoft Windows

What All Comes with Recommended Installation? How many times have you installed a program and just hit “Next”, “Next”, “Next”?  Often times we assume we are just installing the program we want.  That too often, is not the case.  When installing a program, the default installation process goes to “Recommended” or “Suggested”.  Many users leave […]

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44% of Federal Devices Remain Unprotected

It’s Crunch Time to Protect Federal Devices A recent study revealed 44% of federal devices are not properly protected against cyber security threats.  As if this isn’t concerning enough, devices are being interconnected more than ever.  Therefore, these unprotected endpoints can serve as a gateway to infect an entire system or network.  To ensure proper […]

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96% of Employees and Businesses Paid Ransom Demands

Majority of Employees Personally Pay Ransom Demands In a survey completed by Intermedia, it was found that a vast majority of employees paid up after being hit with ransomware.  Ransomware is a malicious software that infiltrates devices, servers, and networks which encrypts data.  After encryption a ransom note will be displayed, stating in order to […]

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FTC Settles With Microsoft Tech Support Scammers

The FTC and the State of Alabama recently settled with several tech support companies which were alleging to be from major technology companies such as Microsoft and Apple.  The companies include: Trothsolutions Inc. Trothsolutions LLC Quickkonto LLC Crazy Bee Man of Palm Beach Inc. eDoorways International Corp. Airoways LLC Escue Energy, Inc. These tech support […]

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Convenience Deemed More Critical Than Online Security

Online Security Takes Backseat to Convenience Although cyber security has been brought to everyone’s attention due to the recent global ransomware attacks, and major security breaches, it still takes a backseat to customer convenience.  A recent survey discovered merchants believe the degree of user-friendliness is the number one priority compared to the level of online security […]

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Traditional Antivirus Solutions Fail 40% of the Time

A recent study found approximately 40% of end users who had a traditional antivirus in place during the first half of this year, experienced a malware attack.  Traditional security solutions include a vast majority of those on the market.  They are software programs that utilize a blacklist technology, which only blocks known malware threats.  Therefore, […]

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Latest Ransomware, Bad Rabbit, Takes the World by Storm

Third Global Ransomware Attack of 2017 First, there was WannaCry, which hit the globe in mid-May.  Second, came NotPetya in June.  Third, was the latest global ransomware attack, Bad Rabbit.  This ransomware variant is believed to originate in Russia.  However, it quickly spread throughout Ukraine, targeting various transportation systems.  Avast also reported infections in Poland, […]

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Microsoft Enhances Security Functionality to Thwart Ransomware Attacks

Microsoft Windows

New Microsoft Feature Added to Stop Ransomware Attacks Microsoft recently released a new product feature, controlled file access, in an attempt to increase the security of endpoints.  The concept of this technology runs on a default deny approach. Controlled file access allows users to control which files are able to be accessed and altered by […]

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