PC Pitstop Wins 2018 InfoSec Award as Market Leader for Anti-Malware Solutions

Cyber Defense Magazine Names PC Pitstop, Makers of PC Matic Pro, Market Leader in Malware Detection Sioux City, Iowa, April 16, 2018 – PC Pitstop, the leader in preventative malware detection, today announced that Cyber Defense Magazine, the industry’s leading electronic information security magazine, has honored PC Pitstop, the makers of PC Matic Pro, in its […]

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Unknown Malware Takes Down California College

California College Suffers Cyber Attack On April 11, 2018, the Long Beach City College suffered a malware infection which took several systems offline.  Forty-eight hours later, multiple systems remain impacted.  According to the California college’s website, those services include: LBCC.edu faculty and staff email LBCC Student Viking Student System Voicemail HR System Financial Services Online Schedule […]

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Business Intelligence Group Names PC Matic Pro as Threat Detection Winner

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PC Matic Pro Wins 2018 Fortress Cyber Security Award Sioux City, IA —April 12, 2018—The Business Intelligence Group today announced that PC Matic Pro has won the 2018 Fortress Cyber Security Awards in the threat detection category. The inaugural program sought to identify and reward the world’s leading companies and products that are working to […]

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Didn’t Read Facebook’s Terms and Conditions? You’re Not Alone

Facebook Works to Change Terms and Conditions to Enhance User Friendliness Facebook has been facing backlash recently due to the security scandal tied to Cambridge Analytica.  This scandal has created a ripple effect regarding concerns expressed by users.  Users of the social media platform are concerned about how their data has been used in the past, […]

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Did the Facebook Leak Impact You?

Find Out If Your Information Was Harvested from Facebook Facebook, continues to work toward rebuilding their brand after facing a major security scandal alongside London’s elections consultancy, Cambridge Analytica.  Reports have confirmed personal data was harvested from the social media giant from Cambridge Analytica.  It is believed, the election firm then used the data to […]

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IBM Reports Ransomware is the World’s Largest Threat

IBM Security Announces Breaches Drop, While Ransomware Skyrockets On Monday, IBM Security announced results from its 2018 IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index which found the number of records breached dropped nearly 25%, while ransomware continues to skyrocket.  Ransomware, malicious software that encrypts files or entire networks, demands a ransom payment to decrypt the files.  Unfortunately, […]

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Microsoft Scrambles to Patch Windows Defender Vulnerability

Microsoft Security Programs Compromised Due to Security Gap New reports confirmed Microsoft’s security programs, including Windows Defender, are suffering from a major security vulnerability.  The security gap found is within the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine (MMPE), and if it goes unpatched, will allow hackers to do significant damage.  In order for the vulnerability to be exploited, […]

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PC Matic Pro, by PC Pitstop, Featured in CRN’s 2018 Partner Program Guide

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Annual guide recognizes the IT channel’s top partner programs Sioux City, Iowa, April 3, 2018 – PC Matic Pro by PC Pitstop, leaders in proactive endpoint and server security, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has recognized PC Matic Pro by PC Pitstop in its 2018 Partner Program Guide. This annual […]

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Advertising Methods of America’s Antivirus – PC Matic

PC Matic – A Direct Response Advertiser Lately, we have been receiving a significant amount of feedback regarding ad placements, specifically when they air.  This feedback has included praise for what shows we air on, to indifference, to threats of boycotts.  We wanted to address these concerns immediately, however, there are a few things people […]

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Baltimore’s 911 Systems Down After Ransomware Infected Systems

Ransomware Takes Baltimore’s Emergency Systems Offline On March 28, 2018 Baltimore city officials confirmed the city’s emergency systems had been infected with an unknown ransomware variant.  The infection was found on Sunday, March 25th, which led the IT department to taking systems offline.  For approximately 17 hours, Baltimore’s electronic emergency systems were unavailable.  Therefore, employees […]

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One of the Largest Independent Antivirus Testing Organizations, AV-Test, Certifies PC Matic 3.0 

PC Matic Earns Second Consecutive AV-Test Certification PC Matic first tested with AV-Test in the fall of 2017, and earned its first AV-Test certification at that time.  In January and February of 2018, AV-Test conducted another round of testing in their Home Windows test category.  The testing resulted in AV-Test awarding PC Matic 3.0 with […]

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DOJ Moves to Dismiss Kaspersky’s Lawsuit Against Congress

Kaspersky’s Lawsuit May Be Tossed Out… This week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a motion to dismiss Kaspersky’s lawsuit against Congress over the ban of their products.  The Hill reports, “…Kaspersky does not have a legal basis to challenge the Trump administration’s ban on its products because, even if reversed, Congress’s ban would remain in effect.” […]

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US-CERT Urges Implementation of Whitelisting to Thwart Russian Attacks

Government Encourages Application Whitelisting to Boost Security On March 15, 2018 the U.S. government made a statement confirming the U.S. power grid had been compromised by the Russians.  Unsettling news, to say the least.  Although, various news outlets have reported no damage was done, and they believe the primary goal was to send a message.  […]

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Atlanta’s City Systems Suffer Outages After Ransomware Infection

Update, 4/2/2018: The City of Atlanta continues to struggle getting their systems back online.  Since turning on computers last week, they have found a plethora of data that has been left inaccessible.  The city has not paid the $51,000 ransom demand, and remains uncertain if they will be able to recover the remaining data that […]

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New York Clinic Goes to Paper Charting After Ransomware Infects System

New York Medical Facility Riddled with Ransomware Finger Lakes Health, of Geneva, New York was infected with an unknown ransomware variant on March 18, 2018.  Therefore, the medical facility’s systems were left completely encrypted, with an unknown third-party demanding a ransom payment.  The amount of the payment has not been disclosed, and it remains unclear […]

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Ransomware Takes Georgia Town’s Email and Phone Systems Offline

Ransomware Takes Georgia’s City of Hinesville Offline An unknown ransomware variant took down the City of Hinesville in late February.  Initially, the ransomware attack was reported as an IT incident; however, city officials are now reporting their systems were indeed infected with ransomware on February 20th.  The exact ransomware variant is unknown, and the ransom […]

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PC Matic Pro Named Finalist in Cyber Defense Magazine’s InfoSec Awards

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Cyber Defense Magazine Names 2018 InfoSec Awards Finalists Over the last six months, Cyber Defense Magazine has read through over 3,000 nominations for their coveted 2018 InfoSec Awards.  After proper review, the judges have named the finalists.  PC Pitstop is honored to be named one of Cyber Defense Magazine’s 2018 InfoSec Awards finalists for its […]

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Connecticut Court Systems Taken Offline Post-Ransomware Infection

Connecticut Courts Riddled with Ransomware After being corrupted with ransomware, Connecticut court systems had no option but to take their systems offline.  Court staff members first realized there was a problem in their systems on March 9, 2018. The exact ransomware variant that infected the systems is unknown.  However, after investigation, court officials do not […]

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Ransomware Variants Double in 2017 – The Blacklist Cannot Keep Up

The Blacklist Cannot Keep Up with New Ransomware Variants In 2016, NextGov reported 1,419 ransomware variants, compared to 2,855 in 2017.  These are only the confirm malicious variants.  New strains are being created every minute of every day.  Therefore, knowing the exact number and exact coding of all malicious variants is impossible, which is why […]

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Ransomware Takes Down Alabama City Computers

Alabama City Falls Victim An unknown ransomware variant attacked an Alabama city, taking their operations offline.  The City of Leeds systems were riddled with ransomware over a week ago.  Computers within the fire and police departments were impacted.  Although, officials stated emergency response was not impacted. The city was demanded to make a payment of […]

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PC Matic Pro Named Winner in the 14th Annual Info Security PG’s 2018 Global Excellence Awards®

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Sioux City, Iowa – March 6, 2018 – PC Pitstop announced today that Info Security Products Guide, the industry’s leading information security research and advisory guide, has named PC Matic Pro a winner in the 14th Annual 2018 Info Security PG’s Global Excellence Awards® for Most Innovative Security Product of the Year. These prestigious global […]

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PC Pitstop Named Winner in the 14th Annual Info Security PG’s 2018 Global Excellence Awards®

Sioux City, Iowa – March 6, 2018 – PC Pitstop announced today that Info Security Products Guide, the industry’s leading information security research and advisory guide, has named PC Pitstop a winner in the 14th Annual 2018 Info Security PG’s Global Excellence Awards® for Cyber Security Vendor Achievement of the Year. These prestigious global awards […]

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The Blacklist Fails Again – Colorado DOT Corrupted with Ransomware

Update 4/6/2018: Six weeks after the ransomware variant, SamSam infiltrated Colorado DOT’s networks, systems are still not running at full efficiency.  The remediation cost have totaled approximately $1.5 million, and networks are only working at 80%.  The costs included in the estimate only include the overtime costs and other unexpected costs. Update 3/6/2018: This just keeps getting […]

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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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