Popular PC Maintenance Program, CCleaner, Hacked and Installed Malware on 2B Devices

Malware Included in Recent CCleaner Update CCleaner, a popular computer maintenance program that is used to clear cookies, temporary internet files, and browsing histories included malware in two of its recent versions.  The impacted users are those who downloaded the 1.07.319 and 5.33 versions of CCleaner.  The malicious versions of the program have been available […]

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U.S. Government Ordered Federal Agencies to Remove Kaspersky From All Devices

Federal Agencies Have 90 Days to Remove Kaspersky Labs Products Moscow-based security company, Kaspersky Labs, has been in hot water this year.  With the U.S. investigating potential ties between the company and the Russian government, several entities have abandon the use of the popular antivirus.  First, the U.S. government removed Kaspersky from all military devices. […]

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No. 1 U.S. Electronics Retailer Drops Kaspersky Products

Best Buy No Longer Selling Kaspersky Best Buy, the largest electronic retailer in America, has removed the Russian-based security solution, Kaspersky Labs, from its shelves.  The decision to cut the security program from their product line comes shortly after the FBI urged private sector companies to discontinue the use of Kaspersky on their devices. Both […]

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Yahoo Prepares for an Enormous Class Action Lawsuit

Yahoo Faces Major Lawsuit Following 2013 Breach In 2013, Yahoo suffered a massive security breach, leaving approximately one billion accounts compromised.  The breach was not made public until 2016.  Due to the lack of proper notification and security measures taken by Yahoo, several victims have suffered substantial financial burdens.  A recent report stated, “A man […]

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IRS Issues Ransomware Warning After Malicious Tax Email is Distributed

IRS Releases a Ransomware Warning to All Taxpayers The IRS has issued a new ransomware warning to all taxpayers.  Cyber criminals have begun sending out malicious email campaigns with a “message” from the IRS and FBI.  According to the email, tax payers must download a questionnaire regarding changes to the laws regarding tax compliance.  However, […]

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Concerns Raised – Was Cyber Attack the Cause for USS McCain Collision?

What Caused the USS John S. McCain Collision? With the collision of the USS John S. McCain naval ship into an oil tanker near Singapore, questions arose regarding what caused the incident.  Initial reports were a steering failure; however, additional factors were later released.   Reports began to surface of a potential cyber attack, which […]

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FBI Urges Private Sector Companies — Remove Kaspersky Labs Now!

FBI Wants Companies to Drop Kaspersky Labs Like a Bad Habit FBI officials are encouraging private sector companies to cease the use of Kaspersky Labs products immediately.  Kaspersky Labs, a Russian-based security solution provider, has been under scrutiny recently due to concerns regarding alleged ties between the company and the Russian government.  As a computer […]

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Malware Bypasses Antivirus Programs Through PowerPoint Vulnerability

Malware Exploits Microsoft PowerPoint Vulnerability A new malware campaign has been sent into the wild, and most security programs are not detecting it.  Remcos, the malware variant, is bypassing detection by exploiting a Microsoft PowerPoint vulnerability.  Remcos is hidden within a malicious attachment that is being distributed via email.  The email is disguised as an […]

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If Congress Gets Their Way – It’ll be Goodbye to Kaspersky Labs

U.S. Government Using Kaspersky Labs As early as 2008, Russian-based antivirus company, Kaspersky Labs, has been used on U.S. government devices.  However, with the rising concern of ties between Kaspersky Labs and the Russian government, the United States Congress is taking major steps to prevent the use of Kaspersky on government devices.  In May of […]

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Feds Notify Ohio Police Departments of Breach

Feds Informed Wooster-Ashland Regional Council of Governments of Security Breach A breach recently hit the Wooster-Ashland Regional Council of Governments (WARCOG).  According to WKYC News, the FBI informed the Ohio police departments of the leak on Wednesday.  Unfortunately, the exact number of people impacted by the breach is uncertain.  However, officials are reporting, WARCOG is […]

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Cyber Attacks are Hitting England

England Targeted Victim of Cyber Attacks British Parliament Targeted in “Determined” Cyber Attack The British parliament was the recent victim of a “sustained and determined” cyber attack.  The attack was targeting weak email passwords.  The parliament was able to isolate the infection and took precautionary measures to mitigate the spread.  They decided by temporarily disabling […]

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Backups Smackups, Prevention is the Real Key

Why Backing Up Your Data Won’t Work Let’s be honest, backing up your data is important.  Maybe more so for some users than others, but important nonetheless.  However, backups are not the golden ticket when it comes to restoring data after a malware attack.  Although they could be useful in restoring your files after a […]

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Microsoft Database Leaks Unknown Number of Source Codes

Database Breached – Leaving Microsoft Source Codes Exposed Microsoft recently confirmed an unknown number of source codes were leaked onto a repository named BetaArchive.  Exposing the source codes would allow hackers to find vulnerabilities in some of Microsoft’s most trusted pieces of its operating system.  Gizmodo reports, “The Register claimed the data dump was 32 […]

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Infographic: Blacklist Vs. Whitelist with Fileless Malware Detection

Blacklist or Whitelist?  Which Keeps Your Data Safer? Most of the security products on the market rely on a blacklist approach to detect and prevent malware.  But is it effective?  An alternative approach, application whitelisting, is also available.  However, which is better for you?  Follow the infographic below to learn more about the difference between […]

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Is Microsoft Ruining Software Companies Lives?

Does Kaspersky Have a Point? Last week an article was written regarding Kaspersky filing an antitrust complaint to the European Union, targeting Microsoft.  Kaspersky claimed Microsoft has put up various road blocks for third-party anti-virus (AV) companies, making it impossible to stay on a level playing field. The article published last week generated a large […]

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Fileless Malware Spreads Overseas Without a Single Click

Recent Fileless Malware Attack Runs Rampant A recent fileless malware campaign came to light over the weekend, which infected computers in various locations.  According to Engadget, the malware campaign targeted businesses in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.  The malware was distributed via a malicious email with a hyperlink to an “invoice” or “order number”. […]

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Zero-Day Attacks: What They Are & How to Stay Protected

What’s a Zero Day Attack? One of PC Pitstop’s contributors, Leo Notenboom from Ask Leo!, recently wrote a post on what a zero-day attack is.  Leo went into great detail explaining this exploitation methodology.  The short version is, a zero-day attack occurs when cyber criminals exploit a software vulnerability that is not publicly known.  The term zero-day comes […]

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The Top 10 Ransomware Myths Busted

Ransomware has become a popular topic over the last month.  The increased awareness to this growing cyber threat can likely be attributed to the WannaCry ransomware attack that hit worldwide in mid-May.  However, there are still several misconceptions regarding this form of malware. Top 10 Ransomware Myths Ransomware is just a virus. False – Ransomware […]

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Kaspersky Targets Microsoft in Complaint to European Union

Antitrust Complaint Filed Against Microsoft Kaspersky has filed a complaint with the European Union (EU) against Microsoft.  The complaint claims Microsoft is putting up road blocks up against security companies from having the ability to compete on a level playing field.  According to Bloomberg, Kaspersky believes Microsoft is driving up the cost of third-party security […]

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