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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Ransomware Demand Increases 2500%

Ransomware Sales Exploding on the Dark Web According to International Business Times (IBT), a new study was released confirming a significant rise in demand for the malicious software, ransomware.  The study showed 6,300 websites offering ransomware, with an additional 45,000 ads promoting the malicious software.  The price points ranged from $0.50 to $3,000.  The large […]

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Reports Claim Kaspersky Knowingly Played Role in NSA Hack

More Breaking News – Kaspersky Labs Knew of NSA Breach Role? In 2015 a government contractor placed confidential, NSA data on his personal computer.  This computer was using the Russian-based security solution, Kaspersky Labs.  Allegations have been surrounding Kaspersky Labs, regarding inappropriate ties to the Russian government, as well as collusion with the hackers who […]

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PC Pitstop Renews Membership with National Minority Supplier Development Council 

PC Pitstop Remains NMSDC Member The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) is the global leader in advancing business opportunities for its certified Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business enterprises and connecting them to member corporations. This is the second consecutive year PC Pitstop is was recognized as an minority group member (MBE) of […]

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PC Matic Pro and MSP Enhancements

PC Matic Pro

PC Matic Pro and MSP Boost Program Capabilities PC Matic Pro and MSP made significant enhancements throughout the third quarter of 2017.  A majority of the additions to the programs were a direct result of consumer feedback.  Each of the enhancements are listed below: Device Control – With device control, users are able to easily […]

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Windows Update Leaves Customers With Major Errors

Microsoft Windows

Windows Update Leaves Customers with Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) Microsoft released a Windows update on October 10, 2017 for their Windows 10 operating system (OS).  Updates are conducted with the purpose of enhancing the OS.  These changes may be for security purposes and/or performance.  However, this update created more issues for users than enhancements.  […]

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NY Hospital Dumps $10M to Rebuild Systems After Ransomware Attack

Ransomware completely took over Erie County Medical Center’s (ECMC) computer systems in April.  The malware completely corrupted the systems, and the hackers demanded $30,000 in ransom if they wanted the systems restored.  Instead, the medical facility spent approximately $10 million to rebuild its systems.  Roughly half of those funds were the cost of hardware, software, and […]

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Israel Warned U.S. of Kaspersky After Hacking Their Network

Israel Raises Concerns to U.S. Regarding Kaspersky Labs Americans now have a better idea why the government has decided to block federal agencies from using Russian-based security company, Kaspersky Labs, products.  Engadget reported, “Israel-linked hackers were watching Russian hackers breach an NSA contractor’s computer in real-time using a popular anti-virus tool. “ During this process, […]

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FormBook Targets U.S. Defense Contractors, Aerospace Firms & Manufacturing Sector

Latest Malware, FormBook, Targeting Major Organizations FormBook, a new malware variant has been targeting aerospace firms, U.S. defense contractors and manufacturing organizations in the U.S. and South Korea.  This latest malware uses an executable that is included as a malicious attachment within phishing campaigns.  Depending on the country being targeting the email attachment varies.  For […]

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