Hackers Prey on Holiday Shoppers

Tis’ the Season to be Jolly Scammed… As the holidays quickly approach, scammers are using holiday deals as a way to target customers.  This approach is not new, but shoppers must be aware of the risk.  With Black Friday and Cyber Monday deal bombarding our news feeds, inboxes, and web pages, it is critical shoppers understand the […]

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Microsoft Slated to Release Windows Update — Again

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Microsoft Launches October Windows Update, in November The initial launch of the Windows October Update was an epic fail.  After being released for less than a week, Microsoft put a halt on any updates that had yet to initiate, so they could resolve the issues its users had been reporting.  Some of those bugs included incorrect […]

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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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Exposing Security Vendors Failing to Protect America’s Public Systems

PC Matic Exposes Failing Security Vendors The concept of an antivirus failing isn’t new.  To be quite frank, it has become rather common.  New ransomware attacks are being successfully executed daily, and only a fraction of them are made public.  And what’s worse — those that do go public, rarely share which security solution they […]

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Hackers Attempt to Sell Details from 120M Facebook Accounts

Facebook Account Details for Sale on Dark Web – But Facebook Denies Breach Hold on…if account details are for sale, who else could have leaked them other than Facebook?  Considering how interconnected everything is, it’s entirely possible a third-party application suffered a breach or even a browser extension.  The exact route that leaked the data remains unknown, but the […]

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Sheriff’s Office Fails to Report Ransomware Attack Responsible for Lost Evidence

Texas Sheriff’s Office in Hot Water After Failure to Disclose Ransomware In 2017, the Hidalgo Sheriff’s Office suffered a ransomware attack by an unknown variant.  According to officials, the infection riddled one of their external computers, leaving internal networks unimpacted.  The Sheriff’s Office was able to restore the computer using backup files; however, those files […]

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America’s SSN Systems Aren’t Secure – But Few Alternatives Are Available

Social security numbers continue to be compromised — we need a solution The fear associated with breaches has subsided.  As a nation, we have become entirely desensitized to this threat, making news of the latest security breach nothing but more significant than today’s weather.  We have accepted this as a way of life, thanks to […]

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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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Bing Serves Up Malware — But They Aren’t The Only Ones…

Search Engines Vetting Failures Google is currently losing their minds!  Why? Bing has allowed a malicious link to display that is serving up malware instead of a legitimate download for Google Chrome.  But, to be fair, Google is just as guilty… Here’s the story: Last April, Bing was found displaying a fraudulent advertisement when users […]

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Top 10 Tricks Cyber Ghouls Hope You Fall For

Hackers Offer No Treats, Only Tricks… As we inch closer and closer to the holiday season, hackers are becoming more and more aware of ways to exploit users.  Below are the top 10 ways cyber criminals are capitalizing on user behavior: Unsecured WiFi connections, what’s the harm? By using public WiFi, or any other form […]

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VARs and MSPs Face Security Excuses Daily – Here’s the Top 5 Rebuttals

Today’s Top Cyber Security Excuses MSPs and VARs Face Often times value added resellers (VARs) and managed service providers (MSPs) hear how cyber security has already been addressed within an organization.  Therefore, trying to get potential customers to entertain an alternative solution can be a bit tricky. Here are the top excuses VARs and MSPs […]

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Pentagon’s Defense Department Suffers Security Breach

Defense Department Breached, Leaving 30K Employee’s Information Exposed Last week, the Pentagon confirmed its Defense Department was breached, impacting approximately 30,000 military and civilian employees.  The information breached included personal information and credit card data.  At this time, there is no evidence any classified information was compromised. Although the Pentagon just confirmed this breach, department […]

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New York County’s Government Breached After RDP Attack

Otsego County government, located in New York, suffered a security breach when hackers infiltrated systems by exploiting remote desktop servers According to GovTech, international hackers used a remote desktop server, located in an employee’s home, to access the county’s networks.  From there, hackers utilized all of the county’s resources to mine for crypto-currency, also known […]

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Minnesota Department of Human Services Suffers Breach

21K Minnesota Citizen’s Exposed in Government Breach Within the last week, the Minnesota Department of Human Services confirmed falling victim to a security breach.  The breach was executed when two department employees clicked on a malicious email.  The origin of the phishing email remains unclear. As a result of the breach, approximately 21,000 individuals who interacted with […]

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Sextortion Scams Are Sending Users Into a Frenzy

Advancements to Sextortion Scams Continue Hackers continue to trick users into thinking their computers have been infected with malware that recorded videos of them watching porn.  In an attempt to legitimize their claims, the hackers reveal they know a real password the victim has used and have begun spoofing victims’ email addresses.  By spoofing the email […]

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