Want Proof that You Need to Monitor Your Solutions?

Want Proof that You Need to Monitor Your Solutions?

When discussing the practice of monitoring solutions to prevent threats, it isn’t uncommon for many businesses to put these concerns on the back burner. However, every so often, an example comes around to help inspire businesses to take their monitoring seriously. This time, the example was the arrest of 24 spammers in October for scamming American citizens by impersonating Microsoft support staff members.

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Fileless Malware Attacks Increasing

Fileless Malware Attacks Increasing

Ransomware has been far from low-profile since its inception several years ago. Everyone knows what the file-encrypting malware does, and they all know that paying the ransom can make the nightmare go away by decrypting the files located on their computer. As if the threat of losing data forever wasn’t enough, you’re staring down a ticking clock while this is going on. Nowadays, ransomware is becoming more difficult to manage through various tactics.

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A Look at this Year’s Worst Cybercrimes

A Look at this Year’s Worst Cybercrimes

It’s fair to say that today's organizations are faced with more online threats than ever before. To properly manage the information systems that they depend on for productivity, redundancy, and operational management, they need to ensure that they are doing what they need to do to mitigate problems stemming from the continuous flow of threats.

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Hackers Continuously Target Major Sporting Events

Hackers Continuously Target Major Sporting Events

Sports are a very popular thing around the world, which means that these athletic contests gather many fans to them. In turn, this means that these events are chock full of potential targets for a hacking attack. Today, we’ll examine the assortment of hacks that have taken place around sporting events.

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Hackers Target Municipalities and Why That’s a Problem for Your Business

Hackers Target Municipalities and Why That’s a Problem for Your Business

On March 22, 2018, a remote-triggered ransomware called “SamSam” demanded a one-time payment of $51,000 be made to restore the city of Atlanta, Georgia’s, data. Despite an operating budget somewhere in the neighborhood of $625 million, Atlanta’s municipal leaders refused to pay the fine. The “hostage situation” has cost the city over $2 million already with an expected $9.5 million more likely to be spent restoring and re-enforcing the municipality’s network and infrastructure. This doesn’t take into account downtime and the significant amount of data lost in the hack. Whether or not you think it’s a good idea to not pay the ransom, if a whole city - especially one as large as Atlanta - can effectively be crippled by a single hack, you better believe that your business has to get serious about its cybersecurity efforts.

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Why CPA Firms are in Danger of Being Hacked

Why CPA Firms are in Danger of Being Hacked

The Internal Revenue Service has declared to tax professionals that they must take extra steps toward protecting the information of taxpayers. Certified Public Accountant (CPA) firms, whether they are large organizations or small businesses, hold much information that could be used by hackers and identity thieves, which makes them major targets during tax season.

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Could Your Business Be a Victim of Targeted Ransomware?

Could Your Business Be a Victim of Targeted Ransomware?

If you were a cybercriminal, what would be your preferred method of launching a ransomware attack? Would you rather create a catch-all threat that could capture as many potential victims as possible, or a calculated approach to land a big one? Despite the proven results of larger ransomware initiatives, most cybercriminals have made the shift to smaller, more targeted attacks against specific companies, and in some cases, individuals.

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A DDoS Attack Hits Your Productivity and Profits

A DDoS Attack Hits Your Productivity and Profits

How quickly could your business recover if it were suddenly hit by a Distributed Denial of Service, or DDoS, attack? Are you protected against the effects they could have on your operations? If asked these questions, most businesses should want to say yes, but in reality, over half lack the means to defend against DDoS.

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Would Your Users Fall For These Social Engineering Schemes?

Would Your Users Fall For These Social Engineering Schemes?

Social engineering is one of the trickiest parts of protecting your organization. It might sound like something out of a science fiction flick, but it’s one of the most dangerous attacks that a hacker can use against your business. Social engineering attempts to manipulate the target into giving away sensitive credentials or personal information for the purpose of stealing identities and other malicious intentions.

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Leveraging AI Might Be What Stops Hackers

Leveraging AI Might Be What Stops Hackers

There are times that hackers can’t interfere with data, and then there are times that hackers really can’t interfere with data. CERN, the Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire (European Council for Nuclear Research) maintains far too powerful of a computer grid to risk it falling into the control of hackers. To protect it, CERN leverages the cutting edge of security to protect its European Laboratory for Particle Physics: artificial intelligence.

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Cyber Security- An Inconvenient Truth

Cyber Security- An Inconvenient Truth

An inconvenient truth

When I teach Security Awareness classes, I use this graph to illustrate that security is not convenient. As we all have seen, the more security you add to a system, the less convenient (useable) it is. If you were to require a fingerprint and a retina scan every time you logged in, that would be tiresome. Secure as it would be, most would object to the effort and the inconvenience.

Along with the graph I usually ask “What is the most secure computer?” The most common answer is ‘One not connected to the Internet’.  That used to be somewhat true. The actual answer is at the end of this blog post.*

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In the Hands of Hackers Artificial Intelligence Can Be a Major Problem

In the Hands of Hackers Artificial Intelligence Can Be a Major Problem

As much as we personify the items in our life, we should remember that they are just that: items. However, technology has made it so that these items seem to be getting smarter through artificial intelligence. The first computer to play chess against a human opponent was introduced in 1956, and ever since, humanity has strived to make progress in the field of AI. In fact, AI is so valuable that even hackers are trying to take advantage of it.

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100 Countries Hit By Android DDoS Malware

100 Countries Hit By Android DDoS Malware

In what is one of the first attacks of its kind, a botnet dubbed WireX swept across 100 countries, controlling over 120,000 IP addresses at its peak. The factor that made WireX so unique was the fact that the botnet was made up of Android-powered devices that had one of 300 malicious apps downloaded from the Google Play Store.

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Hackers Are Hunting for This Particular Information

Hackers Are Hunting for This Particular Information

While not always the case, hackers will generally act with a purpose. They might be looking to snatch some personally identifiable information from a database, or account credentials form unwary users. Regardless, hackers will go to any length to collect this information from unsuspecting users, and you need to do what you can to protect it.

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Alert: Homeland Security Finds U.S. Power Grid Vulnerable to CrashOverride Malware

Alert: Homeland Security Finds U.S. Power Grid Vulnerable to CrashOverride Malware

On June 12th, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a warning to power grid operators and electric utilities concerning a newly surfaced malware called CrashOverride (aka Industroyer). Only, it’s not entirely new. The world has seen this before and the fallout from it is concerning.

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We Live in a Target-Rich Environment

We Live in a Target-Rich Environment

In the movie Top Gun Maverick and Goose walk into the officers club and Maverick says This is what I call a target-rich environment. This came to mind while perusing the latest in the long list of security issues that have come to light recently. Todays cyber bad guys have a very target-rich environment.

Perhaps one of the more interesting was the dump of CIA hacking tools on Wikileaks. As this dump is analyzed there are varying reactions. Apple says newer systems are not vulnerable to the tools. By extension, if you have an older Apple device, you are vulnerable. Microsoft says up to date Windows 10 systems are not vulnerable, however that leaves all the XP (yes some are still out there), 7, and 8 systems vulnerable.

Perhaps more interesting was what this article pointed out:

"As of October 2014, the CIA was also looking at infecting the vehicle control systems used by modern cars and trucks," theWikileaks poststated. "The purpose of such control is not specified, but it would permit the CIA to engage in nearly undetectable assassinations."

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Friday the 13th Malware

Friday the 13th Malware

Tomorrow is Friday the 13th, traditionally a day when malware infection rates spike.  We recommend that you share this post with your employees, friends, and family, as a reminder of some best practices to minimize the chances for infection. 

1. Do not open any email attachments, or click on any email links that you have not explicitly requested or know you are going to receive.  When in doubt, forward questionable material to your internal support or to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;

2. Do not click on any banner advertisements;

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Voter Databases Do a Lousy Job at Securing Personal Data

Voter Databases Do a Lousy Job at Securing Personal Data

Hackers are known to go after data of all kinds, but sometimes they have other goals in mind. With one of the biggest events in world politics fast approaching--the 2016 United States presidential election--it’s thought that this event could potentially be influenced by hackers.

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This Halloween, Hackers are Pretending to Be You

This Halloween, Hackers are Pretending to Be You

Halloween is a great time for people of all ages to let loose and embrace their spookier, darker side--even though they aren’t. For hackers, however, every day is like Halloween, but with ill intentions. Hackers will pretend to be someone they’re not in order to scam you out of sensitive data or personal information. By identifying their tricks, you can keep hackers from getting their treats.

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DDoS-for-Hire Botnets are Causing Major Headaches for Business Owners

DDoS-for-Hire Botnets are Causing Major Headaches for Business Owners

Botnets are a growing concern for businesses all over the world. Between massive DDoS attacks that can knock out servers, and hordes of remote-controlled zombie computers that are subject to a controllers’ whims, businesses have a lot to worry about. Has your business fallen victim to a botnet in the past, and what can you do to keep it safe in the future?

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