Year: 2018

Major Newspapers Nationwide Failed to Print Due to Ransomware Infection

NY Daily News, LA Times and San Deigo Union Tribune Suffer Post-Ransomware Infection Major news publications across the United States were halted over the weekend due to a suspected ransomware attack.  Tribune Publishing, responsible for printing several major newspapers like Chicago Tribune, LA Times, San Diego Union Tribune, NY Daily News, and the Baltimore Sun, suffered …

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Computer Virus Software

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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Protect your PC

Over a Year Later, WannaCry is Still a Major Issue

The First Global Ransomware Attack Wreaking Havoc — 18 Months Later When the first-ever global ransomware attack, WannaCry, took the world by storm, there was a kill-switch developed.  Meaning, if the ransomware attempted to run, it would first see if this kill-switch was available.  If so, it wouldn’t encrypt the files; but would remain dormant …

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IRS Issues Warning – Watch Out For Fraudulent Tax Emails

Scammers Portray IRS in Latest Phishing Scam Earlier this week, the IRS issued a warning to tax payers regarding a fraudulent email that has been impersonating the agency.  The email includes tax transcripts, in an attempt to get the users to click on the documents, which contain malware.  The biggest risk would be employees clicking …

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Protect your PC

Florida Town Avoids Paying Ransom After Hackers Attacked Network

Florida Town of Jupiter Suffers Ransomware Attack The Town of Jupiter has been able to restore their networks, and gain full functionality after an unknown ransomware variant encrypted their internal files earlier this month.  The exact ransom demand remains unknown, but town officials did state the ransom payment was not made.  Instead, IT professionals were able …

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Microsoft Windows

Predicting Vulnerable PCs – Microsoft Kicks Off New Initiative

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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Hackers Threaten to Detonate Bombs if Victims Don’t Pay Up

Pay Bitcoin Demands Or Else… Hackers have taken malicious scams to an entirely new level by sending a wave of threatening emails to businesses, schools, and public municipalities in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.  The hacker’s ransom note demands a payment of $20,000 in bitcoin by the end of the day.  They also claim, if the …

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Ransomware Attacks

16K Medical Records Left Exposed After Ransomware Infected Network

Thousands of Patient Records Exposed Post-Ransomware Attack Mind and Motion Developmental Centers of Georgia was a victim of ransomware in September 2018.  Not only did the hackers infect the system with and unknown ransomware variant, but they also installed various other forms of malware that breached the security of approximately 16,000 patient files.  The data …

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