Dutch Government Removes Kaspersky After Fears of Digital Espionage

Issues for Kaspersky Continue to Snowball… The Dutch government released a statement on May 14, 2018 stating they would be phasing out the use of Kaspersky Labs products on government devices, due to the “national security risks” the software presents.  According to CNET, Justice Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus wrote a letter to Parliament stating the Russian […]

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Ransomware Takes Down Oregon Public School

Another Ransomware Attack Targets Oregon Public School Roseburg Public Schools in Oregon is the most recent educational institution feeling the wrath of cyber criminals.  On Monday, May 7, 2018, school officials identified an undisclosed ransomware variant on their networks.  The malicious attack took down the school’s email systems, website, and software.  IT professionals are working […]

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U.S. Considers Sanctioning Kaspersky Labs Products

The Kaspersky Controversy Continue to Grow Yesterday, I wrote on Twitter banning Kaspersky’s ads from their social media platform.  Now, new reports have suggested the U.S. will consider placing a sanction on all Kaspersky products.  This means, all Kaspersky operations will be banned, including their U.S. operations.  According to CyberScoop, New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen, […]

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Newly Released Malware is No One-Trick Pony

Russian Based Malware Found All Over the World A new Russian-based malware variant, deemed SquirtDanger, has been spreading throughout the globe.  SquirtDanger was developed by a single, sophisticated author, who leaves the malicious distribution method up to the hackers.  However, the variant has been found spreading primarily through a Trojan download.  Upon infection, the malicious […]

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IBM Reports Ransomware is the World’s Largest Threat

IBM Security Announces Breaches Drop, While Ransomware Skyrockets On Monday, IBM Security announced results from its 2018 IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index which found the number of records breached dropped nearly 25%, while ransomware continues to skyrocket.  Ransomware, malicious software that encrypts files or entire networks, demands a ransom payment to decrypt the files.  Unfortunately, […]

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Microsoft Scrambles to Patch Windows Defender Vulnerability

Microsoft Security Programs Compromised Due to Security Gap New reports confirmed Microsoft’s security programs, including Windows Defender, are suffering from a major security vulnerability.  The security gap found is within the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine (MMPE), and if it goes unpatched, will allow hackers to do significant damage.  In order for the vulnerability to be exploited, […]

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Baltimore’s 911 Systems Down After Ransomware Infected Systems

Ransomware Takes Baltimore’s Emergency Systems Offline On March 28, 2018 Baltimore city officials confirmed the city’s emergency systems had been infected with an unknown ransomware variant.  The infection was found on Sunday, March 25th, which led the IT department to taking systems offline.  For approximately 17 hours, Baltimore’s electronic emergency systems were unavailable.  Therefore, employees […]

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One of the Largest Independent Antivirus Testing Organizations, AV-Test, Certifies PC Matic 3.0 

PC Matic Earns Second Consecutive AV-Test Certification PC Matic first tested with AV-Test in the fall of 2017, and earned its first AV-Test certification at that time.  In January and February of 2018, AV-Test conducted another round of testing in their Home Windows test category.  The testing resulted in AV-Test awarding PC Matic 3.0 with […]

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DOJ Moves to Dismiss Kaspersky’s Lawsuit Against Congress

Kaspersky’s Lawsuit May Be Tossed Out… This week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a motion to dismiss Kaspersky’s lawsuit against Congress over the ban of their products.  The Hill reports, “…Kaspersky does not have a legal basis to challenge the Trump administration’s ban on its products because, even if reversed, Congress’s ban would remain in effect.” […]

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Intel Facing 32 Lawsuits Due to Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities

Intel in Hot Water – 32 Lawsuits Filed According to Intel’s annual 10-K report filed with the Security Exchange Commission (SEC), the company is facing 30 customer class action lawsuits and two securities class action lawsuits as a direct result of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities reported last year.  The plaintiffs of the customer suit […]

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Crypto-Jacking: The Next Major Cyber Threat

Experts Believe Crypto-Jacking is Next Big Cyber Threat Experts have shifted their emphasis from ransomware to crypto-jacking when considering today’s emerging cyber threats.  Ransomware is a malicious software that encrypts files, then demands a payment to unlock them.  Alternatively, crypto-jacking is the unauthorized use of one’s computer or network to mine for digital currency, or […]

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Rob Cheng, CEO and Founder of PC Pitstop, Recognized as 2018 CRN® Channel Chief

PC Pitstop Founder and CEO, Rob Cheng, Named as  CRN Channel Chief Sioux City, Iowa, February 12, 2018 – PC Pitstop, an American leader in end-point and server security, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has added Rob Cheng, Founder and CEO, to its prestigious list of 2018 Channel Chiefs. The […]

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What to Expect With the Growing Internet of Things (IoT)

Technology continues to advance, as quickly as on a daily basis.  It can be hard to keep up with all of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, including televisions, appliances, watches, phones, tablets, automobiles, and everything in between. IoT Devices Lack Security One of the biggest concerns as technology continues to advance, is the lack of security for […]

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HP Recalls 101,000 Lithium Batteries Due To Fire Hazards

HP Recalls Thousands of Lithium Batteries HP recently disclosed they will be recalling an estimated 101,000 lithium batteries due to overheating and fire hazards.  According to The Verge, the devices impacted include HP ENVY, HP ProBook, HP Pavilion and Compaq Presario’s that were purchased between March 2013 to October 2016.  HP has created a recall and […]

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Love Our Newsletter? Read Additional Articles Here

You Love Our Content?? Gee–Thanks! We recently conducted a survey to obtain feedback on various aspects of the weekly PC Pitstop newsletter.  After reviewing the data, I found a few things particularly interesting.  Out of the 454 participants, the responses were filtered down to those who consistently open the newsletter and find the content relevant to their […]

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Pennsylvania Statewide Voter Ballot Recount After Malware Concerns

Ballot Recount May be Court Ordered for Pennsylvania A computer expert from the University of Michigan has released concerns regarding the possibility of malware manipulating electronic voting ballots. These fears are not new. Several people expressed concern regarding the security of voter booths when we held a public poll. However, now the Green party is attempting […]

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New Ransomware Found – Russians Are Suspected Creators

New Ransomware, Telecrypt, Released Into the Wild A new ransomware variant was recently found.  BleepingComputer reported the variant, named Telecrypt, requires an internet connection to infect computers.  Telecrypt uses Telegram and command and control servers to execute its infection.  To infect PCs the ransomware requires a binary to launch.  Upon launch, and there is a confirmation process of […]

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Affordable Healthcare Act Insurance Recipients Targeted By Scammers

Scammers Portray IRS – Scamming Affordable Healthcare Act Insurance Recipients It’s not surprising that scammers are once again portraying the IRS.  According to News 4 JAX, scammers are targeting individuals who receive insurance through the Affordable Healthcare Act.  The scammers are emailing, texting, and even sending physical mail to these individuals claiming they owe the IRS money for […]

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Hackers Welcome: Microsoft Security Hole Remains Unpatched

A security vulnerability within the Microsoft software has been exploited and there is yet to be a patch to fix the issue.  Fortune reported Google notified Microsoft of the security issue on October 21st.  Typically when a vulnerability is found by Google, they provide 60 days for a patch; however, since this particular vulnerability has already […]

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Hackers Boost Sophistication With Fake Microsoft Security Essentials BSoD Attack

Hackers are now using advanced methods to distribute malware… Hackers have found new ways to copy notifications from what users would consider safe programs.  The latest example of this is the blue screen of death (BSoD) that appears after users attempt to download a fraudulent version of Microsoft Security Essentials.  Microsoft does have a BSoD alert that […]

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