Liberty Life Attempts to Recover from Cyber Attack

Liberty Life Insurance Suffers from Ransomware Attack Liberty Life insurance, headquartered in Southern Africa, is attempting to recover from a ransomware attack.  On June 16, 2018, the organization notified millions of their customers the company had been the victim of a cyber attack.  As a result, several emails and attachments that were encrypted.  In addition, there […]

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Gartner Security and Risk Summit – Everyone Who’s Anyone in IT Was There

Gartner Security and Risk Summit Recap Last week I had the privilege of attending the Gartner Security and Risk Summit in National Harbor, Maryland.  Anyone who is anyone in the IT industry was present. The agenda was filled with presentations from C-level executives from major enterprise organizations, including Robert Herjavec from the Herjavec Group.  Needless […]

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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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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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PC Matic – The Fake Virus Experts

Imagine this alert showing up on your screen.  Scary thought, right? This message, and one’s similar, are intended to scare users and force them into acting promptly by calling the toll-free number listed in the alert to fix the issue identified.  The problem is, these alerts are completely fake.  There is nothing wrong with the computer, therefore […]

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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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Avoid Potentially Unwanted Programs With Simple Download

Potentially Unwanted Programs Are a Nuisance, Avoid Them Now Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) are a common inclusion on various downloadable programs.  Often times, they are found in free programs and applications.   Unfortunately, users do not take the time to disable these programs from installing in addition to the programs their intentionally installing.  Users become, as […]

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Hackers Use The NSA Exploit, EternalBlue to Mine Crypto-Currency

Cyber Criminals Still Exploiting Year Old Vulnerability, EternalBlue The well-known NSA exploit, EternalBlue, caused major issues for PC users around the world when hackers used it to spread the global ransomware attack, WannaCry.  Shortly after this ransomware attack, Microsoft released a patch for the exploit.  One would think, PC users and IT professionals would make […]

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Proactive or Reactive, the Two Alternative Security Approaches

There Are Two Security Approaches – Which Fits You Best? When considering a security solution, individuals consider various aspects including price, usability, compatibility, and customer reviews.  However, how often do customers dig deeper?  Do they look at malware detection rates?  Do they look at the security approach taken by the antivirus vendor?  The answer to […]

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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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Trouble for Kaspersky Continues As Twitter Pulls Their Ads

Twitter Pulls Kaspersky’s Advertising The last twelve months have been rough on Kaspersky, due to speculated relationships between certain company officials and Russian intelligence.  The U.S. government was first urged to determine where they were using the security solution.  They were then given 90 days to remove the program and find an alternative security program.  […]

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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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Didn’t Read Facebook’s Terms and Conditions? You’re Not Alone

Facebook Works to Change Terms and Conditions to Enhance User Friendliness Facebook has been facing backlash recently due to the security scandal tied to Cambridge Analytica.  This scandal has created a ripple effect regarding concerns expressed by users.  Users of the social media platform are concerned about how their data has been used in the past, […]

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Did the Facebook Leak Impact You?

Find Out If Your Information Was Harvested from Facebook Facebook, continues to work toward rebuilding their brand after facing a major security scandal alongside London’s elections consultancy, Cambridge Analytica.  Reports have confirmed personal data was harvested from the social media giant from Cambridge Analytica.  It is believed, the election firm then used the data to […]

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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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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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Scammers Target PC Matic Customers with Malicious Email

Malicious Email Sent to PC Matic Customers Today our tech support team received a help desk ticket from one of our a diligent customers inquiring about the email below: They knew something wasn’t quite right, and our help desk team immediately knew it was a scam. PC Matic customers must be advised, this email is […]

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Official PC Matic Support – Get it Now

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.  Please know, PC Matic is in no way affiliated with these companies, nor can we confirm their legitimacy.  Legitimate PC Matic support is […]

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New York Clinic Goes to Paper Charting After Ransomware Infects System

New York Medical Facility Riddled with Ransomware Finger Lakes Health, of Geneva, New York was infected with an unknown ransomware variant on March 18, 2018.  Therefore, the medical facility’s systems were left completely encrypted, with an unknown third-party demanding a ransom payment.  The amount of the payment has not been disclosed, and it remains unclear […]

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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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Crypto-Jacking Begins to Skyrocket

Crypto-Jacking Skyrockets Over Last 10 Months Just last month, we introduced our readers to the concept of crypto-jacking.  Crypto-jacking occurs when a hacker takes over a user’s device, without their permission to mine for crypto-currencies.  The crypto-mining act itself, is not malware.  The hackers are merely using the device to mine for the digital currency. […]

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Tech Scammers Calling Offering Major Security “Refunds”

Tech Scammers Call Offering Fraudulent Refunds There have been several reports lately regarding phone calls people have been receiving from individuals claiming to work for “a security company” who is going out of business.  Therefore, they’re claiming this company owes the individual a refund.  Although, we all know, there is no refund.  They simply want […]

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Microsoft Update Creating Major Issues, Yet Again…

Latest Microsoft Patch Update Causes USB Problems Microsoft issues a new patch the second Tuesday of every month.  If additional updates are needed and they cannot wait a full month, the company may also release a patch update on the fourth Tuesday of the month.  No one would be surprised if another update is released […]

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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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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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Microsoft Patches 50 Vulnerabilities on Patch Tuesday

New Update Resolves 50 Security Vulnerabilities This week brought the second Tuesday of the month, which is known to some as Patch Tuesday.  On the second Tuesday of every month, Microsoft issues updates to patch any security vulnerabilities found over the last month.  The update that hit this week patched approximately 50 security gaps in […]

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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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Texas County Scrambles to Recover $888K Illegitimate Payment

Harris County of Texas Falls for Phishing Scam Hackers are ruthless.  I mean ruthless.  Just weeks after Hurricane Harvey, a hacker sent an email to the Harris County auditor’s office claiming to be a contractor who was due for payment.  The email claimed they were working on restoring damaged parking lots, cleaning up debris, and […]

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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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Fake PC Matic Phone Number Published Online

BEWARE: Scammers Post Fake PC Matic Phone Number This isn’t the first time scammers began targeting PC Matic users.  In the middle of 2017, there was a scam going around where hackers would call PC Matic users claiming to be our support team.  Now there is a website, www.pcmaticsupportnumber.com, that is scamming our customers into […]

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Cyber Security Risks of SMBs – The Not So Pretty Truth

Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) Facing Major Risks Cyber criminals do not discriminate.  Businesses of all shapes and sizes, even home users, are not immune to today’s cyber threats.  Prior to ransomware, remediation was possible.  Users would get infected with malware and the user would run their antivirus to remove it and resolve the negative […]

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Hackers Exploit Meltdown/Spectre Vulnerabilities with Malicious “Patches”

Cyber Criminals Use Processor Vulnerabilities to Spread Malware Once security issues go global, cyber criminals tend to exploit them for their own gain.  It happened with the global ransomware treats, NotPetya, BadRabbit and WannaCry.  Hackers used fraudulent decryption keys to spread malware.  Now, they’re using malicious Meltdown/Spectre “patches” to spread malware.  According to Tech Republic, […]

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Top Antivirus Lists: Why Isn’t PC Matic Listed?

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Top Antivirus Software Websites Recently we’ve received a plethora of questions regarding PC Matic’s lack of presence on top antivirus lists.  We’d like to take the opportunity to share with you why PC Matic is not “featured” on these “top” lists. These sites are often “pay to play”.  Meaning, the company pays to be listed.  […]

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Old AV Programs Cause BSoD Post-Vulnerability Update

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Some AVs Cause Issues with Spectre/Meltdown Update By: Jeff York The recent Windows update designed to patch the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities has been delayed.  The delay was to give anti-virus (AV) companies a chance to make changes to their registry to allow the update to install without causing blue screen of death (BSoD) errors […]

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Spectre and Meltdown FAQ for End-Users

The security vulnerabilities, Meltdown and Spectre, have impacted billions of devices and left the public with a variety of questions.  It is our hope, by addressing the questions below, some of the uncertainty end-users are facing will be diminished. What is Meltdown? Meltdown is a security gap lying deep within the kernel of Intel processors. […]

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Meltdown and Spectre FAQs for VARs and MSPs

The vulnerabilities, Meltdown and Spectre, have created a significant security concern around the globe.  Listed below are common questions managed service providers (MSPs) and value-added resellers (VARs) may be facing due to these security gaps. What is Meltdown? Meltdown is a security gap lying deep within the kernel of Intel processors. Meltdown, allows for programs […]

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PC Matic Users – Come Check Us out at Data Connectors!

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The PC Matic team will be traveling to Dublin, Ohio for the Data Connectors Columbus Cyber Security Conference of 2018.  This particular event is specifically for end users, and customers.  Meaning, all of you using PC Matic — we want to see you there!  The conference is scheduled for Thursday, January 18, 2018.  The all-day […]

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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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