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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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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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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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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Cyber Criminals Target University of Maryland Medical Systems

Another Medical Facility Targeted By Cyber Criminals The University of Maryland Medical Systems (UMMS) suffered a malware attack over the weekend.  According to officials, the cyber criminals executed the attack during the early hours of December 9, 2018.  Within hours of the malware being installed on the network, employees identified the malicious activity and took systems […]

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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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Whitelisting Keeps the Education Sector Secure

Four Months of Data Exposes Malware Trends From January 2018 to April 2018, PC Matic Pro accumulated various data points while school was in session at a 1,000 endpoint school.  The goal was to gather as much data as we could regarding the protection we provide to these institutions and to identify any trends. What […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Unknown Malware Takes Down California College

California College Suffers Cyber Attack On April 11, 2018, the Long Beach City College suffered a malware infection which took several systems offline.  Forty-eight hours later, multiple systems remain impacted.  According to the California college’s website, those services include: LBCC.edu faculty and staff email LBCC Student Viking Student System Voicemail HR System Financial Services Online Schedule […]

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FakeBank Malware Redirects Banks Calls to Scammers Instead

New Malware, FakeBank, Targets Android Devices A new malware has been circulating on Android devices.  The malware, deemed FakeBank, infects Android devices through third-party apps and website downloads.  Once in the device, FakeBank will reroutes the user’s bank calls to scammers instead. Also, the cyber criminals also have the ability to mask their phone number […]

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Hacker’s Fumbled Coding Saved Lives – Although They Didn’t Want To…

Unknown Hackers Target Saudi Plant, Hoping to Cause Explosion A cyber attack that hit a private petrochemical company in Saudi Arabia was executed with the end result being an explosion.  Fortunately, there was an error in the coding, which didn’t trigger what could have been a deadly event. The attack occurred in August of 2017, […]

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PC Matic SuperShield Protects Customers from Emotet Banking Trojan

The Malware Research team here at PC Pitstop has noticed a large number of hits on seemingly randomly-generated files in our research queue. Upon further investigation, it is apparent that these files are coming from Emotet Banking Trojan. In this post we will give a brief overview of the Trojan, how we detected it, and […]

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Pennsylvania Town Pays $185K to Fix Systems

Pennsylvania City Offices Struggle After Malware Riddles Systems An unknown malware variant recently took down the city offices of Allentown, Pennsylvania.  The malware attack was out of the realm of the city’s IT department, leaving them with few options.  It was reported, city officials contacted Microsoft and ended up paying the company $185,000, in an […]

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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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Olympics Opening Ceremonies Impacted by Malware

Malware Takes Systems Offline, Disrupting 2018 Winter Olympics An unknown malware variant infected the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics computer systems.  The infection took place right before the opening ceremonies on February 9, 2018.  It appears the infection was initiated by an insider who knew various pieces of the networking and credentials needed to successfully infiltrate the systems.  […]

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Top 9 Malware Variants Targeting the Education Sector

Why Schools Are Targeted When industries think of cyber targets, often times the education sector is not included.  Why?  Well, it is believed they do not carry the financial weight of bigger targets like enterprises or the healthcare industry.  Although, school systems do still hold a plethora of critical data that can be easily exploited.  […]

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Hackers Hit “Jackpots” at U.S. ATMs

Hackers Now Emptying U.S. ATMs Hackers targeting ATMs isn’t breaking news.  Historically, these attacks have been seen throughout Asia and Europe.  However, according to Krebs on Security, these attacks are now spreading throughout the U.S.  Earlier this month, the U.S. Secret Service quietly began warning financial institutions that “jackpotting” attacks have now been spotted targeting ATMs […]

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Top Cyber Threats of 2017 & Tips to Stay Safe in 2018

The 2017 Global Threat Intelligence Report (GTIR) broke down the cyber security threats the world faced last year.  Not only will we discuss some key features, but also ways to mitigate each threat. 73% of Malware Attacks were Distributed via Phishing Attacks Emails with malicious intent, or phishing emails, proved to be the method of […]

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North Carolina School District Pays $314k to Restore Systems

Malware Took Out Devices at Three North Carolina Schools Right before school was scheduled to be released for winter break, malware completely took over three of Rockingham County’s school systems.  The virus originated in Bethany Elementary, Western Rockingham Middle School, and the district’s Central Office.  It is believed no other schools were impacted.  However, of […]

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Crypto-Mining Malware Spreading Through Facebook Messenger

Crypto-Mining Malware Goes Global Through Messenger With crypto-currency at an all-time high, everyone and their grandmother seems to have found a way to get their hands on it.  Which is exactly why hackers are now creating malware which will mine for the digital currency.  The new malware, deemed Digmine is spreading through Facebook Messenger.  The […]

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Your Weekly IT Recap

Top 5 IT stories for the week of October 30th Hilton settles for $700,000 after 2015 breach – In 2015 Hilton suffered two security breaches.  Combined these two breaches resulted in over 350,000 credit card numbers being stolen.  Although, this may not even be the biggest issue.  Hilton failed to notify the victims of the […]

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