Montgomery County Alabama Suffers Massive Ransomware Attack

County Offices Not Functioning After Ransomware Crippled Systems Montgomery County of Alabama has been the latest ransomware attack victim.  The ransomware variant that wormed its way into the county’s systems has not been reported, nor has the ransom demand.  However, government officials stated they are doing everything in their power to restore the county’s systems […]

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Top 5 Tips to Combat Ransomware

Top Tips to Keep Your Data Secure Recently Beta News published an article on how, The practical guide to fighting ransomware.  The article listed several tips, timelines for implementation, and explanations why the tips were important.  A vast majority of the information throughout the article was correct and indisputably great advice.  However, a few tips […]

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Popular PC Maintenance Program, CCleaner, Hacked and Installed Malware on 2B Devices

Malware Included in Recent CCleaner Update CCleaner, a popular computer maintenance program that is used to clear cookies, temporary internet files, and browsing histories included malware in two of its recent versions.  The impacted users are those who downloaded the 1.07.319 and 5.33 versions of CCleaner.  The malicious versions of the program have been available […]

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U.S. Government Ordered Federal Agencies to Remove Kaspersky From All Devices

Federal Agencies Have 90 Days to Remove Kaspersky Labs Products Moscow-based security company, Kaspersky Labs, has been in hot water this year.  With the U.S. investigating potential ties between the company and the Russian government, several entities have abandon the use of the popular antivirus.  First, the U.S. government removed Kaspersky from all military devices. […]

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ATTENTION: PC Matic Customers in the Kansas City Area

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PC Matic Sponsors Kansas City Tech Security Conference The tech security conference is scheduled for Thursday, September 21st, and will be located at the DoubleTree by Hilton, in Overland Park.  This all day event will feature industry experts  discussing current security and compliance issues.  Some of focus points include social media, email, internet and cloud security. […]

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Ransomware Attack Leaves Kansas County Government Without Computer Access

Hackers Target Butler County for Ransomware Attack Over the weekend the Butler County office, located in El Dorado Kansas, with hit a ransomware attack.  The variant has not been disclosed, nor has the ransom demand.  Although the county offices remain open, their computers remain inaccessible due to their systems being encrypted with ransomware.  Butler County […]

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Companies Acknowledge The Risk of Ransomware in Their SEC Filings

Companies Aware of Ransomware Threats Many larger companies are aware of the cyber threats their organizations are facing on a daily basis.  To be sure the public is also aware of these threats, these companies have chosen to include cyber security disclosures as part of their SEC filings.  According to the Data Protection Report, the […]

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No. 1 U.S. Electronics Retailer Drops Kaspersky Products

Best Buy No Longer Selling Kaspersky Best Buy, the largest electronic retailer in America, has removed the Russian-based security solution, Kaspersky Labs, from its shelves.  The decision to cut the security program from their product line comes shortly after the FBI urged private sector companies to discontinue the use of Kaspersky on their devices. Both […]

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Tennessee Inmates Get New Visitation Rights After Ransomware Took Down Video Visitation

Rutherford County Inmates Get New Visitation Rights The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, has been experiencing issues with their visitation capabilities after ransomware corrupted the video visitation systems.  The sheriff’s office has limited ability to remediate the issue, as the video systems are provided by VizVox.  The Daily News Journal has attempted […]

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Ransomware Attack on Delaware Clinic Leaves 19K Patient’s Data Compromised

Delaware Clinic Falls Victim to Ransomware, Leaving Thousands of Patients Potentially Exposed Medical Oncology Hematology Consultants, a medical clinic located in Newark, Delaware was hit with ransomware.  In June, the malicious software riddled the clinic’s servers, leaving over 19,000 patient files potentially exposed.  The patient data compromised includes names, phone numbers, birth dates, as well […]

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Why do Employees Continue to Bypass IT Regulations?

Non-Compliance for IT Regulations Remains a Big Issue for Companies Compliance with IT regulations continues to be an issue for most companies throughout the world.  IT experts weighed in on this very issue just a few weeks ago.  However, additional insight has been provided. Employees have various motives for not complying with IT regulations.  According […]

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Yahoo Prepares for an Enormous Class Action Lawsuit

Yahoo Faces Major Lawsuit Following 2013 Breach In 2013, Yahoo suffered a massive security breach, leaving approximately one billion accounts compromised.  The breach was not made public until 2016.  Due to the lack of proper notification and security measures taken by Yahoo, several victims have suffered substantial financial burdens.  A recent report stated, “A man […]

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Ransomware Impacts Massachusetts Public Television for 6 Months

Boylston Massachusetts Public Television Suffers for Five Months After Ransomware Hit As of today, the Boylston public television channels and guides are back to normal.  In March, the station was hit with an unknown ransomware variant.  The ransom demand was not disclosed; however, it appears the demands were not met.  Six months after the attack, […]

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South Carolina School District Pays Hackers to Retrieve Data

Hackers Make $2,900 From South Carolina School District Dorchester School District Two, of South Carolina, was hit with ransomware over the summer.  The attack was found when the district discovered over half of its data was inaccessible.  After further investigation, they found 25 servers riddled with an undisclosed ransomware variant.  The school district was unable […]

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IRS Issues Ransomware Warning After Malicious Tax Email is Distributed

IRS Releases a Ransomware Warning to All Taxpayers The IRS has issued a new ransomware warning to all taxpayers.  Cyber criminals have begun sending out malicious email campaigns with a “message” from the IRS and FBI.  According to the email, tax payers must download a questionnaire regarding changes to the laws regarding tax compliance.  However, […]

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Concerns Raised – Was Cyber Attack the Cause for USS McCain Collision?

What Caused the USS John S. McCain Collision? With the collision of the USS John S. McCain naval ship into an oil tanker near Singapore, questions arose regarding what caused the incident.  Initial reports were a steering failure; however, additional factors were later released.   Reports began to surface of a potential cyber attack, which […]

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70K Patient Files Exposed After Ransomware Hit Kansas Medical Facility

Ransomware Attack Leaves Thousands of Patient Files Exposed The Salina Family Healthcare Center, located in Salina, Kansas was hit with ransomware in June of 2017.   The ransom demands were not met.  Instead, the infected servers and endpoints were taken offline until they could be scrubbed and backups could be installed.  Now, two months after […]

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Patients Rerouted After Unknown Malware Cripples Hospital

NHS Lanarkshire Infected with Malware — Again The NHS Lanarkshire hospital, located in Scotland was the victim of yet another ransomware attack.  The malware variant that infected the system is reported to be different than the WannaCry ransomware that infiltrated the system in May.  The attack took down the facility’s email systems and left staff […]

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Ransomware Leads to Over 33K Patient Files Being Leaked

Ransomware Went Undetected for a Month — Exposing Thousands of Patient Files St. Mark’s Surgical Center, located in Fort Myers, Florida was the victim of a ransomware attack in April.  However, the attack was not discovered until May, when the medical facility conducted a forensic investigation.  The event that triggered the investigation is not being […]

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White House Confirms – Kaspersky Tied to Russian Government

Kaspersky Ties to Russian FSB Revealed Kaspersky Labs, the Moscow-based security provider, has adamatly denied any ties to the Russian government.  However, CBS News recently confirmed a certificate has surfaced confirming a relationship between the security firm and the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB).  This certificate confirms the U.S. government’s concerns of ties between the […]

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Cyber Security Experts Weigh In — Employee Non-Compliance

Why do employees bypass IT regulations? Recently seven different cyber security experts provided insight regarding the lack of employee compliance with a company’s IT regulations.  The input ranged from immediate gratification to simple ignorance. PC Matic’s Vice President of Cyber Security shared, “Another reason being, some employees simply don’t ask IT for help.  Instead, they […]

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FBI Urges Private Sector Companies — Remove Kaspersky Labs Now!

FBI Wants Companies to Drop Kaspersky Labs Like a Bad Habit FBI officials are encouraging private sector companies to cease the use of Kaspersky Labs products immediately.  Kaspersky Labs, a Russian-based security solution provider, has been under scrutiny recently due to concerns regarding alleged ties between the company and the Russian government.  As a computer […]

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PC Pitstop Named One of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies — Again!

Inc. Magazine Unveils 36th Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc. 5000 For the 2nd Time, PC Pitstop Appears on the Inc. 5000 list, Ranking No. 4511 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 54.9% NEW YORK, August 17, 2017 — Inc. magazine today ranked PC Pitstop NO. 4511 on its 36th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious […]

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Ransomware Attack Creates Breach Concerns for LA Medical Center

LA Medical Center Infected With Ransomware Pacific Alliance Medical Center, located in Los Angeles California, suffered a ransomware attack in mid-June of 2017.  It is because of this attack, concerns of a data breach have risen.  With the hackers having access to the medical center’s systems, it is possible they had visibility to patient files […]

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Malware Bypasses Antivirus Programs Through PowerPoint Vulnerability

Malware Exploits Microsoft PowerPoint Vulnerability A new malware campaign has been sent into the wild, and most security programs are not detecting it.  Remcos, the malware variant, is bypassing detection by exploiting a Microsoft PowerPoint vulnerability.  Remcos is hidden within a malicious attachment that is being distributed via email.  The email is disguised as an […]

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2017 Global Attacks – PC Matic Customers Not Fazed

PC Matic Customers Protected Against 2017 Global Attacks PC Matic is pleased to report that not a single one of PC Matic, PC Matic Pro or PC Matic MSP customers were impacted by the two global cyber attacks, WannaCry and NotPetya. WannaCry was the first global ransomware attack. The ransomware effectively infected approximately 250,000 endpoints […]

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Kaspersky and Microsoft Settle Antitrust Complaint

Just months ago, Russian-based cyber security company, Kaspersky filed an antitrust complaint with Russia’s Federal Anti-Monopoly Services (FAS).  The complaint was centered around the concern of Microsoft using their market share in the PC industry to push end-users to Microsoft’s security program, Windows Defender.  A specific issue sited included Microsoft blocking third-party security vendors from […]

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Application Whitelisting — Is it too extreme?

Whitelisting – Is it worth the work? Recently, Information Week reported application whitelisting as an “extreme” method for preventing malware.  Is it extreme?  It very well could be.  Application whitelisting goes against the very core of traditional security programs.  Instead of using a blacklist, which allows unknown files to execute until proven malicious, a whitelist […]

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