St. Vincent Pallotti High Focuses on Prevention with PC Matic Pro

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St. Vincent Pallotti High School, located in Laurel, Maryland is taking cyber security prevention seriously with the deployment of PC Matic Pro’s application whitelist technology.  Prior to the switch, the school was using Bitdefender, which used a traditional blacklist methodology to identify malware threats.  School officials began to understand, this level of protection was not […]

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First Ransomware Attack of 2019 Hit Connecticut Schools

Ransomware Takes Down Connecticut School in 2019’s First Attack… On January 4, 2019, ransomware hit Bridgeport Public Schools in Connecticut, making it the first publicly known ransomware attack of the new year.  The exact ransomware variant is unknown, as is the ransom demand.  It’s also unclear if the school decided to pay the hacker’s demands, […]

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Ransomware Infects a Business Every 10 Seconds

Find Out How to Respond… Coveware reports being the first line of assistance after a ransomware attack has infected a corporate network.  They offer assistance with file recovery and getting networks back to full capacity as quickly as possible with minimal downtime.  According to Bill Siegal, Coveware CEO, Ransomware strikes a business every 10 seconds. If your […]

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Ransomware Infection Went Beyond Corrupting Patient Files

Ransomware Infection Encrypted and Altered Medical Files An unknown ransomware variant recently infiltrated the Podiatric Offices of Bobby Yee, located in Salinas, California.  Unlike traditional ransomware infections, hackers took the cyber attack to further extremes by not only encrypting files but also potentially altering them.  Some of the altered data included patient names, social security numbers, […]

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PC Matic Partners Seek Improvements Within UI and UE

Our team has proven to take all of our partner’s feedback seriously, and we strive to make our management portal, user interface, and user experiences the best possible.  Below are some of the changes we’ve made throughout the fourth quarter of 2018. RDP Security After implementing the Endpoint Vulnerabilities report, our team began researching ways to […]

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Cloud-Hosting Provider Continues Restoration Efforts, Post Holiday Ransomware Attack

Ransomware Attacks Cloud-Hosting Provider, Data Resolution Data Resolution, a business and government cloud-hosting provider has reported suffering a ransomware attack on December 24, 2018.  Data Resolutions was hit with the same ransomware variant, deemed Ryuk, as what took down the Tribune Publishing over the weekend.  In an effort not to pay the ransom demands, the company is attempting […]

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Major Newspapers Nationwide Failed to Print Due to Ransomware Infection

NY Daily News, LA Times and San Deigo Union Tribune Suffer Post-Ransomware Infection Major news publications across the United States were halted over the weekend due to a suspected ransomware attack.  Tribune Publishing, responsible for printing several major newspapers like Chicago Tribune, LA Times, San Diego Union Tribune, NY Daily News, and the Baltimore Sun, suffered […]

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Cape Cod Community School Loses $807K in Phishing Attack

Cape Cod School Loses Close to $1M in Malicious Email Scam This year ended poorly for Cape Cod Community School when they fell victim to a phishing attack.  An email was distributed throughout the school that was disguised as content from another educational institution.  It was because of how the email was disguised, that staff […]

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Over a Year Later, WannaCry is Still a Major Issue

The First Global Ransomware Attack Wreaking Havoc — 18 Months Later When the first-ever global ransomware attack, WannaCry, took the world by storm, there was a kill-switch developed.  Meaning, if the ransomware attempted to run, it would first see if this kill-switch was available.  If so, it wouldn’t encrypt the files; but would remain dormant […]

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IRS Issues Warning – Watch Out For Fraudulent Tax Emails

Scammers Portray IRS in Latest Phishing Scam Earlier this week, the IRS issued a warning to tax payers regarding a fraudulent email that has been impersonating the agency.  The email includes tax transcripts, in an attempt to get the users to click on the documents, which contain malware.  The biggest risk would be employees clicking […]

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Florida Town Avoids Paying Ransom After Hackers Attacked Network

Florida Town of Jupiter Suffers Ransomware Attack The Town of Jupiter has been able to restore their networks, and gain full functionality after an unknown ransomware variant encrypted their internal files earlier this month.  The exact ransom demand remains unknown, but town officials did state the ransom payment was not made.  Instead, IT professionals were able […]

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Predicting Vulnerable PCs – Microsoft Kicks Off New Initiative

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Microsoft Launches New Anti-Malware Initiative Microsoft has just kicked off their latest cyber security initiative.  The company is offering up a $25,000 award for data scientists who can correctly predict which Windows PCs are more likely to fall victim to malware attacks.   So far, over 80 teams have joined the challenge.  The data scientists will […]

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Hackers Threaten to Detonate Bombs if Victims Don’t Pay Up

Pay Bitcoin Demands Or Else… Hackers have taken malicious scams to an entirely new level by sending a wave of threatening emails to businesses, schools, and public municipalities in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.  The hacker’s ransom note demands a payment of $20,000 in bitcoin by the end of the day.  They also claim, if the […]

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16K Medical Records Left Exposed After Ransomware Infected Network

Thousands of Patient Records Exposed Post-Ransomware Attack Mind and Motion Developmental Centers of Georgia was a victim of ransomware in September 2018.  Not only did the hackers infect the system with and unknown ransomware variant, but they also installed various other forms of malware that breached the security of approximately 16,000 patient files.  The data […]

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No, That’s Not Your Antivirus – Exposing Tech Support Scams

Antivirus companies have been the target of scammers for quite some time now.  The primary reason being, customers trust their security solution vendor.  Therefore, if you call, who you think is your antivirus solution, and they want remote access to your PC, you’ll likely give it to them.  Big mistake. How are they doing this? […]

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Cyber Criminals Target University of Maryland Medical Systems

Another Medical Facility Targeted By Cyber Criminals The University of Maryland Medical Systems (UMMS) suffered a malware attack over the weekend.  According to officials, the cyber criminals executed the attack during the early hours of December 9, 2018.  Within hours of the malware being installed on the network, employees identified the malicious activity and took systems […]

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Ransomware Attack Targeted North Bend Police Department

City Networks Riddled with Ransomware An unknown ransomware variant hit the City of North Bend a mere weeks ago.  The cyber attack originally targeted the North Bend police department; however, since the city’s networks are intertwined, the malicious software spread beyond its initial target.  The ransom note demanded a payment of $50,000 and was addressed […]

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Scammers Exploit 11 Year-Old Firefox Vulnerability

Firefox Leaves Security Gap Open for Hackers… One of the top used browsers, Firefox, has left a security gap open which hackers and scammers continue to exploit.  These cyber criminals are embedding an iframe into various malicious website’s source code, which can be exploited on each browser (Chrome, Edge, or Firefox).  However, it is how the […]

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California Eye Clinic Suffers Ransomware Attack

Cyber Attack Leaves California Eye Clinic Data Encrypted The Redwood Eye Center, located in Vallejo, California, recently notified approximately 16,000 patients their personal information may have been compromised due to a cyber attack.  On September 19, 2018 the Redwood Eye Center’s third-party vendor, IT Lighthouse suffered a ransomware attack.  This malicious infection impacted the vendor’s database which […]

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Ransomware Takes Over China, Infecting 100k PCs

Update 12/10/2018 – Authorities have a suspect in custody.  The Chinese police were able to track the suspect down due to the personal information used to create the WeChat app to collect the ransom demands. New Ransomware Attack Targets Chinese Users A new ransomware variant has infected 100,000 Windows PCs in China by encryption the […]

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Rhode Island Health Center Suffers Ransomware Attacks

Thundermist Health Center of Rhode Island Suffers Cyber Attack On November 28, 2018, Thundermist Health Center was hit by a ransomware attack.  The medical facility shut down all networks once the cyber attack was found, in order to minimize the threat spreading further.  Meaning, medical professionals had no access to the patient’s electronic health records.  Therefore, all appointments that […]

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Top 5 Ransomware Attacks of 2018

It’s no secret that ransomware has overrun the public and private sector.  Ransomware damages are projected to increase to $20 billion in the next three years, making a resolution appear to be impossible. In 2018, several ransomware variants spread throughout the globe, ranging from Dharma to SamSam.  These ransomware infections did not discriminate based on […]

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Crypto-Mining Tools Used for More Than Mining Digital Currency

Hackers Exploit Crypto-Mining Tools Crypto-mining tools are often legitimate, meaning they will run on a device without having issues.  These software programs are what people use to mine digital currencies, which again, is completely legal if done on machines you own.  However, hackers have found alternative ways to use crypto-mining software, beyond its original purpose.  […]

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