No One is Safe From Ransomware — Not Even the PGA

Ransomware Hits PGA’s American Servers Days Before Tournament The Professional Golf Association (PGA) has been the most recent victim of ransomware.  As their tournament is about to kick off in St. Louis, Missouri, the PGA has found all of their American servers encrypted with ransomware.  Meaning, all of the data on those servers is inaccessible […]

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PC Matic Teams Up with IDShield to Offer Identity Theft Protection

IDShield offers PC Matic Customers Exclusive Discount As breaches become more and more prevalent, keeping your personally identifiable information safe becomes increasingly important. PC Matic has now teamed up with IDShield to offer exclusive discounts for identity theft protection plans.  PC Matic users are able to save 10% on an individual identity theft protection plan with […]

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Ransomware Hits Alaskan Medical Records Facility

But That’s Not All… In April, ransomware infiltrated the servers of Golden Heart Administrative Professionals (GHAP), a medical billing, and bookkeeping facility located in Fairbanks, Alaska.  The incident was reported to impact approximately 500 of GHAP’s clients, exposing approximately 44,600 patient files.  Although there is no evidence the information breached has been used maliciously, GHAP reported […]

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Virginia Bank Loses $2.4M to Russian Hackers in Two Targeted Attacks

Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me… In May of 2016, an employee at The National Bank of Blacksburg fell victim to a targeted phishing email.  It was this single email that led to a malware infection on not only that user’s computer but a secondary workstation as well.  The secondary computer […]

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Major American Medical Facility, LabCorp, Riddled with Ransomware

LabCorp Suffers From Cyber Attack A suspected ransomware attack hit America’s medical lab facility, LabCorp, the weekend of July 14, 2018.  Suspicious activity was detected on the company’s diagnostic systems.  The ransomware variant has been disclosed as SamSam.  This is the same variant that took down the City of Atlanta and Colorado’s Department of Transportation.  […]

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Missouri Regional Medical Facility Diverts Patients Elsewhere, Post Ransomware Attack

Missouri’s Cass Regional Medical Facility Falls Victim to Cyber Attack Cass Regional Medical Center, located in Kansas City, Missouri was infected with ransomware on July 9, 2018.  Health IT Security reported the organization responded with their emergency response efforts within 30 minutes of suspected infiltration.  The facility’s IT department is continuing work to restore the […]

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Major Breach Impacts 340 Million American Customers and Businesses

Breach Releases Personal Details for Millions of U.S. Citizens and Businesses Have you ever heard of Exactis?  According to their website, the company states, “Exactis is a leading compiler and aggregator of premium business and consumer data”.  They go on to tout “With over 3.5 billion records (updated monthly), our universal data warehouse is one […]

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Have a Digital Wallet? Better Check Your Address!!

New Malware Variant Alters Digital Wallet Addresses It seems like, since the Bitcoin boom, there has been a higher growth of digital wallets or the wallets where crypto-currency is stored.  Now, with the spike in mining crypto-currency, digital wallets need to be increasingly secure.  Unfortunately, they are not very user-friendly.  Often times, in order to […]

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New Hampshire City Spends $156k to Restore Computers

Portsmouth New Hampshire Recovers From Malware Infection, For the Small Price of $156,000 After a nasty virus infection, beginning in March of 2018, the city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire is beginning to recover.  The virus determined to be an Emotet Trojan horse began sending out fraudulent emails stamped with the addresses of city officials and […]

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IRS Takes Major Hit in Cyber Security Audit

Rushed Remediation Leads to Major Issues for IRS In 2015 the IRS experienced a major security breach, potentially impacting 350,000 taxpayers.  The breach was a direct correlation to the lack of controls the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had in place for taxpayers to use its “Get Transcripts” option.  This option allowed taxpayers to obtain their […]

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The Deep Dive Into Application Whitelisting

Application Whitelisting – What is it? Before we dive too deep into the concept of whitelisting, readers must understand what application whitelisting is.  In addition, understand how it differs from alternative cyber security methods.  First, application whitelisting is a proactive approach to cyber security.  A security solution that employs application whitelisting will only allow known […]

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The Water Can’t Get Any Hotter for Kaspersky…

European Union (EU) Votes to Ban Kaspersky Labs Products On May 25, 2018, European Parliment released the Report on Cyber Defense.  In this report, specifically item #76 (see excerpt below), it specifically states Kaspersky Labs has been confirmed as malicious. 76.  Calls on the EU to perform a comprehensive review of software, IT and communications […]

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Indian-Based Tech Support Scam Settles with FTC for $136K

FTC Settles with Tech Support Scammers — Again… In October of 2017, the FTC and the State of Alabama settled with multiple tech support companies who were scamming victims out of hundreds of dollars.  Now, less than a year later, the FTC settled with another individual tied to two more Indian-based technical support scam companies. […]

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FBI Recovers $16.4M After Catching Phishing Ring

FBI Hooks a Major Phish This week, the FBI had a big win when it comes to making a dent in cyber crime.  After investigating a crime ring, the FBI, Secret Service, Postal Inspection Services, Homeland Security Investigations, and Treasury Department arrested 74 alleged cyber criminals for taking part in a business email scam.  A majority […]

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Atlanta’s Ransomware Attack Costs Continue to Increase

The City of Atlanta’s Ransomware Attack Costs Keep Growing On March 22nd, PC Pitstop shared the story of the SamSam ransomware attack that took down the City of Atlanta.  It took almost a week, before the city’s offices were able to turn on their computers, and now, almost three months later, the infection is still […]

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Minnesota Facility Paid Hacker’s Ransom Demands

Minnesota Mental Health Facility Falls Victim to Ransomware Attack Associates in Psychiatry and Psychology, located in Rochester, Minnesota discovered its files had been locked with the ransomware variant deemed Triple-M on March 31, 2018.  Beyond locking the facility’s files, the attack also disabled the computers’ system restore functions and reformatted the network storage device; which was […]

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Maintaining Cyber Security While Traveling This Summer

Cyber Security Shouldn’t Take a Backseat for Summer Travel While traveling this summer, it is entirely likely users will find themselves in need of a WiFi connection.  Often times, users will connect to a public WiFi connection to conduct whatever business they need to accomplish.  This may include online banking, checking work emails, researching a topic, […]

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Are Russian Hackers Planning a Massive Cyber Attack?

Concerns Arise Over Potential Cyber Attack Targeting Ukraine According to BleepingComputer, some major fears are arising regarding a potential cyber attack that is targeting Ukraine.  So far, over 500,000 routers, in 54 different countries, have been infected with a malicious virus deemed VPNFilter.  The infected devices include: Linksys, Models: E1200, E2500, and WRVS4400N Mikrotik RouterOS for […]

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Baltimore Medical Facility Finds Two-Year-Old Malware, Leaving 500K Patients Exposed

Cyber Attack That Occurred in 2016 was Just Discovered, leaving 500,000 Patients Affected LifeBridge Health located in Baltimore, Maryland, was the victim of a malware attack on September 27, 2016.  However, what is most concerning is, the attack was not identified until March 17, 2018. In March of 2018 hospital officials became aware there was […]

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Why There’s Not a PC Matic Phone Number

How to Get PC Matic Support Recently it has been brought to our attention there are several different companies and support organizations that are claiming to provide technical support for PC Matic.  These individuals are posting a fake PC Matic phone number, claiming to offer support.  Please know, PC Matic is in no way affiliated […]

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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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Malicious Apps Return to Google Play with Simple Name Change

Apps Riddled with Malware Return to Google Play Store On a regular basis, app stores are conducting security scans on potential apps to ensure their legitimacy.  They do this for a couple reasons.  First, app stores do not want their platform to be used as a breeding ground for malicious activity.  Secondly, the store will […]

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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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The Federal Trade Commission Alerts Customers to New Scam

Federal Trade Commission Issues Scam Warning The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning customers not to fall for the latest scam hackers are attempting to execute.  According to KWQC News, scam artists are calling customers, claiming to be from the FTC.  The hackers claim to be issuing major refunds.  But there is a catch.  First, […]

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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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