Another Scam Emerges, This Time Via Text Messaging

Another Way to Exploit People to Turn a Quick Profit, Does It Ever End? Hackers have used several different platforms to share their scams.  These have ranged from fraudulent “tech support” websites, malicious social media posts, and scam phone calls.  In addition, there have been tax scams spread through phone calls, or fake emails.  The […]

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Mario Brothers Ditch Banana Peels and Goes Straight for Ransomware

Graphics Package Paired with Ransomware? Hackers recently exploited the Mario Brothers graphics package, riddling the images with GandCrab ransomware.  The hackers took significant time trying to hide their malicious intentions, by hiding the commands in the color channels of the images.  By doing so, it makes it difficult for the firewall to detect the threat.  In […]

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Hackers Demand Millions from MSP After Infecting Networks with Ransomware

MSP Falls Victim to Ransomware, Infecting Thousands of Customer Networks An unknown hacking group recently targeted a U.S. managed service provider (MSP) with ransomware.  This led to thousands of their customers getting infected with malicious software, totaling approximately 2,000 different networks.  After the ransomware executed, hackers demanded over $2 million to restore the encrypted files.  […]

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2018 Ransomware Attack Left Over 23k Patient Files Compromised

Connecticut Eye Clinic Informed 23,000 Patients of Potential Breach A private optometry clinic, Dr. Thomas DeLuca, Dr. Anthony Marciano & Associates, began notifying thousands of patients that their data may have been potentially breached due to a ransomware attack that occurred in November 2018. The ransomware variant that successfully infected 25 computers and two servers, […]

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PC Matic Pro Named Ransomware Prevention Winner in Info Security PG’s 2019 Global Excellence Awards®

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Sioux City, Iowa – February 5, 2019 – 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 15th Annual 2019 Info Security PG’s Global Excellence Awards® in Ransomware Prevention. These prestigious global awards recognize cybersecurity and information […]

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Medical Facility Permanently Loses Patient Records Due to Cyber Attack

Florida Medical Facility Suffers Cyber Attack FABEN Obstetrics and Gynecology of Jacksonville, Florida, was the victim of a ransomware attack in November of 2018.  The ransomware variant, GandCrab, infected a server, encrypting patient files from January 2007 to April 2017.  The attack was executed through a malvertising campaign that targeted Adobe Flash or Windows VBScripting engine […]

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The Next Global Ransomware Attack Isn’t Exactly New News

You may have read about it already — the next global ransomware attack is projected to cost almost two billion dollars.  There are also reports claiming this attack will likely exploit cyber-weapons from the U.S. government.  Both of these claims are frightening and generating public concern.  It is because of this concern, I decided to […]

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Millions of PCs Left Exposed As Users Fail to Update Popular Programs

Users Fail to Update Major Programs, Leaving Networks and Endpoints Exposed According to The Cyber Security Hub, millions of computers are running outdated versions of multiple popular software programs.  This is highly concerning from a cyber security standpoint, as updates are used to patch known security holes.  If these holes are left unpatched, hackers know exactly […]

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AV-Test Confirms, PC Matic Out Performs Other AV Solutions

Out Performing Industry Standards PC Matic‘s SuperShield outperformed industry standards, blocking 100% of the real-world threats including zero-day attacks and intrusive web and email threats, in the latest round of testing by independent third-party testing authority, AV-Test.  In addition, PC Matic blocked 100% of prevalent malware found in the previous four weeks of testing. Compared […]

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Scammers Portraying Security Companies Offer Major Refunds

An Old Scam Gains More Traction… Almost a year ago, we broke news on a scam hackers were running offering refunds for companies that were “going out of business”.  In reality, none of these companies were really shutting down.  Instead, hackers were using this as an excuse to gain the personal banking information of victims, […]

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Healthcare Industry Confirmed as a Top Targeted Sector by Cyber Criminals

Healthcare is the Second-Most Targeted Industry A recent study confirmed the healthcare industry is one of the top targeted sectors for cyber attacks.  In fact, approximately 39% of healthcare facilities reported being under attack on a weekly basis.  Not only could these malicious attacks impede with the facility’s ability to conduct daily operations, but those daily […]

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All Whitelisting Solutions Are Not Created Equal

Whitelisting is Effective, but Automating is a Must… With cyber security threats growing, businesses must take a proactive approach to their data and device security.  According to SC Magazine, there is one methodology that has been proven to be effective in blocking modern cyber threats, including ransomware. “According to numerous resources on ransomware, one strong and […]

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Microsoft Will End Support for Windows 7 in 2020

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Microsoft has released plans to end support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. What Does this Mean? The end of life (EOL) of Windows 7 means Microsoft will no longer provide any security patches, software updates, or customer support to Windows 7 operating system (OS) users.  Fortunately, users have plenty of time to update […]

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Hackers Advance Malware to Avoid Google Play Store Detection

Hackers Find Loopholes to Infect Android Devices Hackers have been getting better and better at avoiding detection by traditional antivirus methods.  However, now in an attempt to infect mobile devices through the Google Play Store, cyber criminals have gone beyond their traditional means of avoidance. With traditional blacklist antivirus solutions, hackers just need to develop […]

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Latest Data Breach Exposes 2.7B Email and Password Combinations

Another Year, Another Breach — and this one is major… It’s January 18, 2019 — not even a full month into a new year, and a major data breach has been reported, exposing a total of 2.7 billion different email and password combinations.  The data set breached, deemed “Collection #1”, includes over 772 million email […]

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Government Shutdown May Lead to Increased Hacking Activity

With the U.S. government shutdown in its 25th day, additional repercussions have surfaced which may hinder the public’s cyber security. Due to the shutdown of the U.S. government, all nonessential government tasks are being foregone, including the renewal of TLS certificates.  TLS certificates are used by any website that communicates over an encrypted HTTPS connection.  This […]

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Latest Ransomware Strain Targets Victims With Deepest Pockets

Ryuk, the latest ransomware variant that has taken the world by storm, has been targeting victims that promise big paydays.  This is the same ransomware strain that hit Tribune Publishing in December of 2018, leaving the distribution of multiple major newspapers, like the L.A. Times and Chicago Tribune, at a standstill.  This is just one […]

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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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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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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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