Microsoft Slated to Release Windows Update — Again

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Microsoft Launches October Windows Update, in November The initial launch of the Windows October Update was an epic fail.  After being released for less than a week, Microsoft put a halt on any updates that had yet to initiate, so they could resolve the issues its users had been reporting.  Some of those bugs included incorrect […]

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Virginia High School Falls Victim to Phishing Attack

Virginia High School Suffers Outage After Malware Infects Systems Grassfield High School located in Chesapeake, Virginia, has suffered a cyber attack, leaving various computers utterly useless.  According to school officials, a staff member clicked on a phishing email which infected their computer, as well as others on the network.  At this time, the infection is not system-wide […]

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U.S. Government Begins Sharing Malware Samples

Malware Samples Shared Between Public Sector & U.S. Government According to the U.S. Cyber Command, the Cyber National Mission Force (CNMF) will be sharing different malware samples with the public sector.  It is believed by doing so, the U.S. government can better serve the public to actively thwart cyber attacks.  So far, different malicious variants have […]

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Android Hit with 40% More Malware in 2018 Than 2017

Android Malware Increases 40% Year Over Year According to a recent analysis, mobile malware has increased approximately 40% in 2018.  The analysis showed over 3 million malware variants had been identified by the end of the third quarter of 2018.  The spike in samples is only supposed to continue, with projections putting the year-end total of […]

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Exposing Security Vendors Failing to Protect America’s Public Systems

PC Matic Exposes Failing Security Vendors The concept of an antivirus failing isn’t new.  To be quite frank, it has become rather common.  New ransomware attacks are being successfully executed daily, and only a fraction of them are made public.  And what’s worse — those that do go public, rarely share which security solution they […]

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Hackers Attempt to Sell Details from 120M Facebook Accounts

Facebook Account Details for Sale on Dark Web – But Facebook Denies Breach Hold on…if account details are for sale, who else could have leaked them other than Facebook?  Considering how interconnected everything is, it’s entirely possible a third-party application suffered a breach or even a browser extension.  The exact route that leaked the data remains unknown, but the […]

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Cyber Attacks Strike the Public and Private Sectors of Ontario

Ontario Suffers Ransomware Attacks from Unknown Variants The last couple weeks have been rough for Ontario, leaving both the private and public sectors riddled with ransomware.  First, on October 25th, cyber criminals attacked the Toronto company, ESC Corporate Services.  ESC is an organization that resells sensitive personal and business data collected by the Ontario government.  […]

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Sheriff’s Office Fails to Report Ransomware Attack Responsible for Lost Evidence

Texas Sheriff’s Office in Hot Water After Failure to Disclose Ransomware In 2017, the Hidalgo Sheriff’s Office suffered a ransomware attack by an unknown variant.  According to officials, the infection riddled one of their external computers, leaving internal networks unimpacted.  The Sheriff’s Office was able to restore the computer using backup files; however, those files […]

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America’s SSN Systems Aren’t Secure – But Few Alternatives Are Available

Social security numbers continue to be compromised — we need a solution The fear associated with breaches has subsided.  As a nation, we have become entirely desensitized to this threat, making news of the latest security breach nothing but more significant than today’s weather.  We have accepted this as a way of life, thanks to […]

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U.S. Government Riddled with Malware After Employee Visits Porn Sites

Federal Employee Disregards Technology Compliance, Leaving Network Exposed After an audit of the U.S. Geological Survey department, a federal report was released confirming government networks had been compromised.  According to the report, a federal employee exposed U.S. government systems to malware after visiting multiple pornographic sites.  During the follow-up investigation, the malware exposure was tracked […]

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Latest Ransomware Variant Demands RDP Access to Decrypt Files

New Ransomware Demands RDP Access A new ransomware variant, CommonRansom, has been discovered running in the wild.  This particular form of ransomware will encrypt user files with the .CommonRansom extension.  Post encryption, the victims receive a ransom note demanding a .1 bitcoin payment and access to their RDP ports. CommonRansom Demand Note by BleepingComputer If […]

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Bing Serves Up Malware — But They Aren’t The Only Ones…

Search Engines Vetting Failures Google is currently losing their minds!  Why? Bing has allowed a malicious link to display that is serving up malware instead of a legitimate download for Google Chrome.  But, to be fair, Google is just as guilty… Here’s the story: Last April, Bing was found displaying a fraudulent advertisement when users […]

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Top 10 Tricks Cyber Ghouls Hope You Fall For

Hackers Offer No Treats, Only Tricks… As we inch closer and closer to the holiday season, hackers are becoming more and more aware of ways to exploit users.  Below are the top 10 ways cyber criminals are capitalizing on user behavior: Unsecured WiFi connections, what’s the harm? By using public WiFi, or any other form […]

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Avoid Intruders By Simply Locking Your Doors….

Going back to the basics… The concept of cyber security has become convoluted.  Users aren’t sure what software to buy, or if one program is even enough.  Often times they’ll try to use three different products that all do the same thing, which in turn interferes with each one’s functionality. So, PC Matic wants to go […]

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Pentagon’s Defense Department Suffers Security Breach

Defense Department Breached, Leaving 30K Employee’s Information Exposed Last week, the Pentagon confirmed its Defense Department was breached, impacting approximately 30,000 military and civilian employees.  The information breached included personal information and credit card data.  At this time, there is no evidence any classified information was compromised. Although the Pentagon just confirmed this breach, department […]

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New York County’s Government Breached After RDP Attack

Otsego County government, located in New York, suffered a security breach when hackers infiltrated systems by exploiting remote desktop servers According to GovTech, international hackers used a remote desktop server, located in an employee’s home, to access the county’s networks.  From there, hackers utilized all of the county’s resources to mine for crypto-currency, also known […]

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Minnesota Department of Human Services Suffers Breach

21K Minnesota Citizen’s Exposed in Government Breach Within the last week, the Minnesota Department of Human Services confirmed falling victim to a security breach.  The breach was executed when two department employees clicked on a malicious email.  The origin of the phishing email remains unclear. As a result of the breach, approximately 21,000 individuals who interacted with […]

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Sextortion Scams Are Sending Users Into a Frenzy

Advancements to Sextortion Scams Continue Hackers continue to trick users into thinking their computers have been infected with malware that recorded videos of them watching porn.  In an attempt to legitimize their claims, the hackers reveal they know a real password the victim has used and have begun spoofing victims’ email addresses.  By spoofing the email […]

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Symantec, Makers of Norton, Faces Claims They Aren’t as “Industry Leading” as They Report

Symantec Claims to be Industry Leading — But Are They Really? According to a federal ruling, Symantec Corporation will have to continue defending against class claims that its Norton and Enterprise products failed to protect its users against the latest online cyber threats. Edward Chen of the U.S District Court ruled Symantec’s statement that its […]

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Breaches Increase, Yet Households Are Less Worried About Identity Theft?

Security Breaches Rise, Yet Households Report Less Concern? According to Javelin Strategy and Research, identity theft has risen for four consecutive years.  Yet, in the 2017 survey from the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), only 57% of households reported concerns regarding data breaches, compared to 63% in 2015. Now, this would make sense […]

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Romanian Hackers Arrested for D.C. Police Camera Hack

Two Romanian Hackers Face Charges for D.C. Camera Hack A mere days before the 2017 Presidential Innaugeration, Washington D.C.’s police cameras were inaccessible due to ransomware that infected approximately 126 computers connected to the camera’s networks.  After infecting the systems, hackers demanded over $60,000 to restore the systems.  However, the IT department worked quickly, taking […]

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Is This Windows File Hoarding Your Personal Information?

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Windows WaitList.dat File Has Been Found Storing User Data Now, before anyone panics, there are two major things you must understand.  First, this is only impacting Windows PCs with touchscreen capabilities.  In addition, a user of this PC must have enabled the handwriting recognition feature.  This feature generated formatted text from a person’s writings they […]

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Flood of Cyber Attacks Drives Endusers to New Antivirus Solutions

Ransomware Attacks Drive 44.53% of Endusers to Reconsider Their Antivirus Solutions Not only are ransomware attacks taking place daily, but news coverage of these attacks has increased.  Therefore, the public has become more aware of this cyber threat.  The same can be said for another cyber threat, crypto-jacking.  Not long ago, computer users would have […]

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Kraken Ransomware Disguises Itself As Legitimate Anti-Spyware Software

Everything isn’t always what we seem.  This is something we have come to know and accept.  However, when we download a program that is supposed to protect us, that is what we expect it to do.  Apple users were recently duped with Adware Doctor, which positioned itself as an adware prevention tool, but actually was […]

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Microsoft Macros Listed as Primary Malware Distribution Tactic

Hackers Use Microsoft Macros to Distribute Malware Tech Republic has determined in the month of August, approximately 45% of malicious activity monitored was executed through Microsoft’s macros feature.  This means that the malware was hidden in a Microsoft program and upon opening, the malware would execute assuming macros were enabled.  Often times Microsoft’s macro feature is […]

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Ransom Payments or Downtime – Which is Worse for SMBs?

Which Creates More Issues for SMBs? Asking questions like this is simply asking, which is the lesser of these two evils?  Neither is wanted or preferred.  And both cause substantial damage.  So forgive my bluntness, but which sucks less? Reports have suggested downtime is more damaging, financially than paying the ransom demand.  This is contingent upon several […]

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Hawaii Issues Breach Warning After Ransomware Infection

Hawaii Medical Facility Issues Warning to 40k Patients The Fetal Diagnostic Institute of the Pacific (FDIP), located in Honolulu, Hawaii has begun contacting over 40,000 patients regarding a potential data breach.  Concerns of a breach come after the facility fell victim to a ransomware attack in June of this year. After discovering the ransomware, FDIP contacted […]

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