FTC Imposes the Largest Fine in Tech Firm History

The dust has settled, and so has the FTC. The Scandal For those who are unfamiliar, in 2018 Facebook found itself in quite the scandal with London’s election consultancy, Cambridge Analytica. It is believed personal data was harvested from approximately 87 million Facebook users and then supplied to Cambridge Analytica. They then, allegedly, used this […]

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New York’s Syracuse School Crippled by Ransomware

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Ransomware Corrupts Another NY School Syracuse School District has been offline for a week after an unknown ransomware variant corrupted its networks. Hackers have demanded a six-figure ransom amount; however, the district has yet to pay. However, if their insurance company gets its way, the school will pay the ransom demands before they continue to […]

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Cyber Attack Hits NYC College, Demanding $2M Ransom

Hackers Make 7 Figure Demand After Infecting Monroe College Another cyber attack has hit. This time the cyber criminals targeted Monroe College in New York City, and spiked ransom demands beyond their past six-figure amounts. After successfully infiltrating the college’s network, ransom demands were sent to school officials stating in order to get their files […]

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“Agent Smith” Corrupts Apps Within the Play Store, Impacting Millions

According to The Verge, a new malware variant, deemed Agent Smith, has been targeting Android devices by replacing portions of coding within legitimate apps with malicious coding. Fortunately, the malware doesn’t steal data from a user. Instead, it forces legitimate applications to display either more ads, or takes credit for the ads already being displayed. […]

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Ransomware Attacks Target Municipalities in the Midwest

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Two More Ransomware Attacks Hit the Midwest The cities of La Pointe, Indiana and Richmond Heights, Ohio have confirmed they too fell victim to ransomware attacks this month. Officials for La Pointe have confirmed they have a cyber security insurance plan, which they hope will help to fund the restoration of their systems. The exact […]

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Leaving Windows Systems Outdated Is Convenient Until It’s Not…

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We’ve all heard about it, and perhaps even experienced it — the resistance and potential issues with keeping our operating systems updated. Whether it’s a home user or businesses, each may have their own reasons for not updating their operating systems. And no one can force them. However, with Windows 7 losing support in early […]

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Ransomware Corrupted UK’s Largest Police Forensics Contractor

With a slew of attacks hitting US public municipalities, it may seem to some that hackers have given up on targeting other businesses. This couldn’t be more inaccurate. Cyber criminals are casting wide nets, hoping to catch what they can. And boy did they… Over the weekend, reports confirmed one of the UK’s biggest forensics […]

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PC Matic VARs and MSPs Experience Significant Improvements Throughout Q2

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As Cyber Threats Advance, So Does PC Matic The PC Matic development team has been busy continuing to advance its security protection throughout the second quarter of 2019. Check out their latest updates impacting PC Matic value-added resellers (VARs) and managed service providers (MSPs), below. Anti-Tampering Protection Through several recent quarters, our team has been […]

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PC Matic Continues to Advance

As Cyber Threats Advance, So Does PC Matic The PC Matic development team has been busy continuing to advance its security protection throughout the second quarter of 2019. Check out their latest updates impacting PC Matic Pro, below. Anti-Tampering Protection Through several recent quarters, our team has been adding additional features to PC Matic Pro […]

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U.S. Virgin Islands Crippled by Ransomware

Virgin Islands Police Department Fell Victim to Cyber Attack In April 2019, the U.S. Virgin Islands fell victim to two cyber attacks. The first was an unknown ransomware variant that targeted police department servers holding internal affairs data and citizen complaints. The ransom demands were not disclosed; although officials reported they did not pay the […]

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Cyber Attacks Begin Bypassing Local Governments, Advancing to State Agencies

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Are Cyber Criminals Going to Begin Targeting State Agencies? Ransomware has been on a rampage lately, with news breaking of cyber attacks successfully infiltrating multiple local government municipalities. In June alone, news broke of cyber attacks taking down Fayette County, OH; Lake City, FL; Riviera Beach, FL; and Key Biscayne, FL. Today, the Georgia Courts […]

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Microsoft Dropped the Ball and Didn’t Tell Anyone…

Microsoft Turns Off Registry Backups Without Warning Approximately eight months ago, Microsoft decided they were going to turn off the registry backups in Windows 10. Why? To decrease the registry footprint on the device. This may not be a major deal if Microsoft would have informed users. However, they did not. Instead, users would get […]

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The Cyber Security Insurance Conundrum

Businesses are facing cyber security threats on a daily basis, with no end in sight. Due to these growing threats, insurance companies began offering businesses cyber security insurance. Depending on the policy, it may help cover the costs of informing customers of breaches, restoring networks, replacing damaged devices, and even paying the ransom demands of […]

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Hackers Profit Over $1M from Florida Municipalities in Just a Week

Two Florida Cities Pay Hackers Over $1 Million In Attempt to Restore Networks Within the last week, you may have heard about the Florida city that paid cyber criminals $600,000 in an attempt to restore their networks. That city was Riviera Beach. In addition to paying the ransom demands, the city council also approved $1 […]

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Ohio County Falls Victim

Are you getting tired of reading these? It’s basically the same story, just with a different county or city name. We get it. It’s becoming a bit redundant. However, state and local governments aren’t getting it. They aren’t updating their devices to patch vulnerabilities, they aren’t closing unused RDP ports, and they continue to permit […]

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The U.S. Government Makes an Aggressive Cyber Move

Every week I email our contributors reminding them to send their content suggestions for the PC Pitstop weekly newsletter. Typically I don’t read these until I begin drafting the newsletter either late Wednesday or Thursday morning. For some reason, I did it today. I almost wish I didn’t. Stu Sjouwerman from KnowBe4, a cyber security […]

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A Program Meant to Help, is Leaving Millions of Dell PCs Vulnerable

Security researchers confirm Dell’s SupportAssist software is vulnerable to cyber attack… Computer manufacturing giant, Dell, is facing some significant security issues with a new vulnerability recently discovered in their health-check utility tool, SupportAssist. The security gap is found within PC-Doctor, a software used within Dell’s SupportAssist program. This flaw is leaving millions of Dell users […]

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