Intel Facing 32 Lawsuits Due to Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities

Intel in Hot Water – 32 Lawsuits Filed According to Intel’s annual 10-K report filed with the Security Exchange Commission (SEC), the company is facing 30 customer class action lawsuits and two securities class action lawsuits as a direct result of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities reported last year.  The plaintiffs of the customer suit […]

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TKK Electronics Partners with PC Matic Pro Security Solutions on Savvik National Contract for 6,500+ Member State and Local Government Agencies

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PC Matic Pro Security Solutions now available at volume contract pricing for Savvik member agencies Sioux City, Iowa, February 20, 2017 – TKK Electronics, LLC won a significant national contract with Savvik to provide a range of technology products to its 6,500 member agencies in the United States.  Products available on the contract range from laptops […]

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New Ransomware as a Service (Raas) Offered — FREE of Charge

New Ransomware Variant Spread Through Free RaaS Offering As if things couldn’t get worse, hackers have now acquired a free ransomware variant to distribute however they may like.  The latest variant deemed Saturn, is being offered as a Ransomware as a Service (Raas), free of charge.  This means, hackers are provided the malicious code.  From […]

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Ransomware Slows North Carolina County Offices to a Crawl

Ransomware Strikes North Carolina County Offices Another ransomware attack has been executed.  This time, the victim was North Carolina’s Davidson County.  Officials noticed an issue with their systems on February 16, 2018.  The malicious infection took down several county office networks, forcing employees to go back to pen and paper.  It remains unclear if the […]

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Crypto-Jacking: The Next Major Cyber Threat

Experts Believe Crypto-Jacking is Next Big Cyber Threat Experts have shifted their emphasis from ransomware to crypto-jacking when considering today’s emerging cyber threats.  Ransomware is a malicious software that encrypts files, then demands a payment to unlock them.  Alternatively, crypto-jacking is the unauthorized use of one’s computer or network to mine for digital currency, or […]

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Rob Cheng, CEO and Founder of PC Pitstop, Recognized as 2018 CRN® Channel Chief

PC Pitstop Founder and CEO, Rob Cheng, Named as  CRN Channel Chief Sioux City, Iowa, February 12, 2018 – PC Pitstop, an American leader in end-point and server security, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has added Rob Cheng, Founder and CEO, to its prestigious list of 2018 Channel Chiefs. The […]

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Olympics Opening Ceremonies Impacted by Malware

Malware Takes Systems Offline, Disrupting 2018 Winter Olympics An unknown malware variant infected the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics computer systems.  The infection took place right before the opening ceremonies on February 9, 2018.  It appears the infection was initiated by an insider who knew various pieces of the networking and credentials needed to successfully infiltrate the systems.  […]

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19.5M California Voter Records Breached After Ransomware Infection

Sacramento Bee Ransomware Infection Exposes Millions An unknown ransomware variant infected the Sacramento Bee database on towards the end of January.  The ransomware infection was able to execute because the newspaper’s firewall did not turn back on after updates took place.  It is expected systems were vulnerable for two weeks; although, it remains unclear how […]

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Hackers Now Threaten School Shootings Post-Ransomware Infections

Cyber Criminals Stoop to New Low – Threatening Student Safety The FBI and Department of Education have issued a warning to educational institutions regarding the cyber threat, ransomware.  Ransomware is a malicious software that infects systems and locks important files.  After locking these files, the hackers demand a payment to unlock them.  In some instances, […]

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Top 9 Malware Variants Targeting the Education Sector

Why Schools Are Targeted When industries think of cyber targets, often times the education sector is not included.  Why?  Well, it is believed they do not carry the financial weight of bigger targets like enterprises or the healthcare industry.  Although, school systems do still hold a plethora of critical data that can be easily exploited.  […]

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Is South Carolina a Major Ransomware Target? Another Infection Disclosed…

South Carolina Library Added to List of Ransomware Victims Just yesterday we reported on the third South Carolina school district that has been infected with ransomware in the past year.  Now, Spartanburg County Library has disclosed they too have been hit with ransomware.  Due to the ransomware infection, checking out books has been proven difficult.  […]

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Another South Carolina School District Attacked With Ransomware

Ransomware Attacks Third South Carolina School District Over the last year, three different ransomware attacks have successfully infected three different South Carolina school districts.  The first reports of Horry County Schools being riddled with ransomware came in February of 2016.  That school district gained approval to pay the $8,500 ransom demand in order to restore […]

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Texas County Scrambles to Recover $888K Illegitimate Payment

Harris County of Texas Falls for Phishing Scam Hackers are ruthless.  I mean ruthless.  Just weeks after Hurricane Harvey, a hacker sent an email to the Harris County auditor’s office claiming to be a contractor who was due for payment.  The email claimed they were working on restoring damaged parking lots, cleaning up debris, and […]

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Allscripts Faces Lawsuit Due to Ransomware Infection

Ransomware Infection May Cost Allscripts Big Money… Allscripts, a company that provides electronic record systems for medical facilities was hit with a ransomware infection earlier this month.  The ransomware attack impacted several medical locations throughout the U.S., leaving them without access to their electronic data.  The severity of the impact for each facility remains unknown.  […]

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Hackers Hit “Jackpots” at U.S. ATMs

Hackers Now Emptying U.S. ATMs Hackers targeting ATMs isn’t breaking news.  Historically, these attacks have been seen throughout Asia and Europe.  However, according to Krebs on Security, these attacks are now spreading throughout the U.S.  Earlier this month, the U.S. Secret Service quietly began warning financial institutions that “jackpotting” attacks have now been spotted targeting ATMs […]

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Ohio Physicians Clinic Shuts Down After Ransomware Attack

Ransomware Leaves Ohio Clinic Inoperable We’ve heard of ransomware infections infecting hospitals and clinics.  We’ve also heard that at times patients have been sent away because some of the more sophisticated procedures could not be done.  Now, a medical clinic in northeastern Ohio has been completely shut down due to a ransomware attack.  Pulmonary Physicians […]

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Fake Crytpo-Currency, Ransomware & Malware in One Attack

New “Get Rich Quick” Scheme Leads to Ransomware A new scam is luring people into downloading ransomware.  The scheme is targeting crypto-wallet users, and could also be spreading through phishing attacks.  The scam is encouraging users to download a new form of crypto-currency that is bound to make them buku bucks.  The fake crypto-currency, SpriteCoin, […]

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Idaho School District Struggles to Recover Weeks Post Infection

Six Weeks After Ransomware Attack, Idaho School District Still Struggling… Jerome School District, located in Jerome, Idaho, is still struggling to get their systems fully functional, six weeks after a ransomware infection.  After successfully encrypting the district’s files on December 11, 2017, the cyber criminals demanded bitcoin to decrypt, or unlock, the files.  At that […]

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Ransomware Infects New Mexico City Office

Ransomware Attack Targets New Mexico City Office On January 3, 2018, the ransomware variant, SamSam, infected the city offices of Farmington, New Mexico.  The ransomware infection successfully encrypted multiple areas of the city office including the electronic bill pay and records processing.  Although, the infection did not impact utility operations and the city office has […]

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Another Attack Hits Indiana Hospital – Was it Tied to the First?

Two Indiana Hospital Ransomware Attacks Hit on the Same Day On January 11th, Hancock Regional Hospital was hit with ransomware.  After resorting to paper filing, they chose to pay the $55,000 ransom demands.  What’s even more shocking is, they had the backup files available to restore the system without paying the ransom.  Now, another report […]

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Hackers Exploit Meltdown/Spectre Vulnerabilities with Malicious “Patches”

Cyber Criminals Use Processor Vulnerabilities to Spread Malware Once security issues go global, cyber criminals tend to exploit them for their own gain.  It happened with the global ransomware treats, NotPetya, BadRabbit and WannaCry.  Hackers used fraudulent decryption keys to spread malware.  Now, they’re using malicious Meltdown/Spectre “patches” to spread malware.  According to Tech Republic, […]

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Indiana Hospital Resorts to Paper Filing After Ransomware Takes Down Systems

Update, 1/16/2018: Hancock Regional Hospital ended up paying the ransom demand of $55,000.  Officials are still reporting patient data was not breached.  Officials did report the 1,400 files that were ecrypted were backed up, and could have been replaced.  Although, they believed it would be more cost effective to pay the ransom demands to regain […]

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PC Matic MSP and Pro User Interface Gets Facelift

Changes Made to PC Matic Pro and MSP User Interface PC Matic MSP and PC Matic Pro have proven to listen to their customers.  As reported during the third quarter of 2017, customer feedback led to increased functionality to the program including conflict removal and software management tools, as well as device management.  Now, the […]

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Ransomware Infects South Dakota City Hall

Cyber Attack Hits South Dakota Town The first publicized ransomware attack appears to have taken place in the small town of Belle Fourche, South Dakota.  On January 4th, officials reported two of Belle Fourche’s city hall computers were inoperable after ransomware had infiltrated the system.  Neither the ransomware variant, nor the ransom demands have been […]

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Dartmouth College Hit With Ransomware Attack

Cyber Criminals Target College in Ransomware Attack On December 18, 2017 Dartmouth College, located in Hanover, New Hampshire, was the victim of a cyber attack.  Officials noticed unauthorized activity, and determined there was a virus on their systems.  It was determined the virus was designed to encrypt files.  Although, the encryption was not able to […]

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Top Cyber Threats of 2017 & Tips to Stay Safe in 2018

The 2017 Global Threat Intelligence Report (GTIR) broke down the cyber security threats the world faced last year.  Not only will we discuss some key features, but also ways to mitigate each threat. 73% of Malware Attacks were Distributed via Phishing Attacks Emails with malicious intent, or phishing emails, proved to be the method of […]

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Security Gaps Found in Billions of Processors

Security Gap Deemed Meltdown Exposed Intel has recently reported a major security gap lying deep within the kernel.  The kernel lies deep within the operating system, and manages operations between the computer and the hardware.  The security gap, deemed Meltdown, allows for programs and applications to communicate with one another through the kernel.  Typically, this […]

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North Carolina School District Pays $314k to Restore Systems

Malware Took Out Devices at Three North Carolina Schools Right before school was scheduled to be released for winter break, malware completely took over three of Rockingham County’s school systems.  The virus originated in Bethany Elementary, Western Rockingham Middle School, and the district’s Central Office.  It is believed no other schools were impacted.  However, of […]

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Two Romanians Facing Charges for Hacking 123 D.C. Cameras

Hackers Arrested for Massive Cyber Attack Almost a year ago, PC Pitstop reported on a ransomware attack that took out 123 surveillance cameras days before President Trump’s inauguration.  After determining the cameras were infected with malware, it was determined Dharma and Cerber ransomware were also on the systems.  Beyond infecting the systems with ransomware, there […]

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Ransomware Attack Impacts Nebraska Eye Clinic

Nebraska Eye Clinic Releases Statement Regarding Ransomware Infection Eye Physicians, P.C., located in Columbus, Nebraska was the victim of a ransomware attack in October.  The ransomware variant infiltrated the facilities systems, encrypting files on some of its servers.  Eye Physicians, P.C. was able to restore all encrypted files with their backup files.  The organization made […]

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Colorado Medical Practice Suffers Ransomware and Potential Breach

Longs Peak Family Practice in Colorado Suffers Cyber Attacks Longs Peak Family Practice in Longmont, Colorado suffered a ransomware attack in early November.  According to their public statement, the facility did not pay the ransom.  Instead they were able to remediate the encrypted files using backups.  A few days after the ransomware attack, the IT […]

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Crypto-Mining Malware Spreading Through Facebook Messenger

Crypto-Mining Malware Goes Global Through Messenger With crypto-currency at an all-time high, everyone and their grandmother seems to have found a way to get their hands on it.  Which is exactly why hackers are now creating malware which will mine for the digital currency.  The new malware, deemed Digmine is spreading through Facebook Messenger.  The […]

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More Ransomware Infections Disclosed to the Public

The Malicious Software that Doesn’t Slow Down… Ransomware recently took down the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s website.  The infection was reported earlier this month, and it took 11 days for the website to be restored.  The ransomware variant and ransom demands were not released.  However, officials reported they were able to restore systems using their […]

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