Ransomware Takes Over China, Infecting 100k PCs

New Ransomware Attack Targets Chinese Users A new ransomware variant has infected 100,000 Windows PCs in China by encryption the user’s files, then demands 110 yuan ($16 USD) ransom.  In addition to the encryption of files, the ransomware also includes an information-stealing component that obtained user credentials for several Chinese online services. Thus far, the attack […]

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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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Police Shut Down 16 Fake Virus Scam Call Centers

Indian Call Centers Raided for Fake Virus Scam Last week, 16 fake virus scam call centers in Gurgaon and Noida, India were raided.  This led to the arrest of 39 people for allegedly impersonating technical support representatives for companies like Microsoft, Apple, Dell and HP.  In the raid, police officers found various pieces of evidence […]

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Ransomware Damages Projected to Reach $20B by 2021

Ransomware Damages Increase to $20B in Three Years If we look at cyber crime, as a business instead of the crime that it is, we may begin to understand it a bit better.  This “business” is booming, and there’s no end in sight.  Why?  Because society worldwide is making it profitable.  Any business that is […]

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Cable Car System Rendered Useless Due to Ransomware Attack

Ransomware Attack Takes Out Moscow’s Cable Car System Mere days after Moscow opened their first cable car system, it was shut down due to a ransomware infection.  The cyber attack rendered the cable car network useless after successfully installing ransomware on the computer in charge of operating the system.  This left Russian citizens frustrated, as […]

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Google Play Store, Once Again, Riddled With Malware

After two malicious apps made it to “trending” status, Google realized they had a major issue… This week, Google removed 13 driving-themed games from their Play Store after determining they were riddled with malware.  Unfortunately, that wasn’t until after they had been downloaded over half a million times. An initial warning was issued about the […]

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USPS Suffers Major Breach, Leaving Millions Exposed

60 Million Users Exposed Due to USPS’s Overlooked Security Breach The United States Postal Service (USPS) just fixed a security vulnerability that previously allowed anyone who has an account at usps.com, to view account details for approximately 60 million other users.  What is worse is, in some cases, users were able to access and modify account […]

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Hackers Steal Resources from Make-A-Wish Foundation

It’s always been clear criminals of any kind typically don’t follow, or even have, a moral compass.  There are the “really bad” criminals, that do things warranting a life sentence.  And then there are the “slap on the wrist” criminals who have minor legal infractions and pay a fine or do community service to wipe their […]

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Security Breach Leaves 12K Patient Files Exposed

Major Security Breach Leaves Thousands of Patients Exposed Inova Health Systems, a non-profit health organization based in Falls Church, Virginia, was hit with a security breach in September 2018.  This breach potentially impacted over 12,000 patients in six different medical facilities. The parent company, Valley Health, has sent letters to potentially impacted patients. How Did It Happen? […]

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BlackBerry Makes an Aggressive Play in the Cyber Security Industry

  BlackBerry Spends $1.4B to Acquire Cyber Security and Artificial Intelligence Firm, Cylance The ex-smartphone mogul, BlackBerry has made some significant changes of focus over the last five years.  Going from a smartphone giant and hardware developer, to making the sharp turn into cyber security. According to CNBC, over the last few years BlackBerry has […]

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Another Facebook-Owned Company Suffers Security Breach

Security Gap Found in Facebook-Owned Company Instagram, a social media company owned by Facebook, recently implemented a tool in their platform allowing users to download a copy of all the data Instagram has stored in their account, including pictures, account profile information, and comments.  This feature was deployed in an attempt to accommodate the upcoming […]

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Cyber Criminals Use Browser Extensions to Spread Malware

As if there aren’t enough ways for users to stumble upon malware, hackers are now taking an aggressive approach with browser extensions. Users are known for downloading various browser extensions to increase the use and efficiency of their browsers.  However, as browser extensions become more popular, it increases the odds malicious ones will worm their […]

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Russian Hackers Impersonate U.S. Officials In Cyber Attack Scheme

U.S. Government Targeted by Russian Hackers On November 14, 2018, a Russian hacking group known as APT29 or Cozy Bear, sent out emails impersonating State Department public affairs specialist Susan Stevenson.  The email included a malicious document, claiming to be from State Department official Heather Nauert.  The end goal of the attack was for users to […]

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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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