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Malware, ransomware and viruses infecting schools K-12.

Broward County Florida School District Hit With Outrageous Ransomware Demands

Broward County school ransomware attack. Broward County Public Schools was hit with possibly the largest ransom demand to date on a school system. The hackers demanded a $40 million payday to not release student and teacher information. District officials said they are confident they caught the breach in time. They say no information was accessed. …

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Rob Cheng Discusses Cybersecurity Careers and More

Creating Curriculum for HGTC Rob Cheng, PC Matic’s enigmatic CEO, sat down again with Liz Calloway today. First, they discussed the Horry-Georgetown Technical College’s new cyber certification program. Rob is particularly excited about the jump into healthcare IT focused cybersecurity. It’s long overdue. Healthcare is one of the most vulnerable cybersecurity landscapes. As we know, …

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PC Matic’s Corey Munson Joins Julian Lee to Talk About Cybersecurity

Part of the Prevention PC Matic’s Corey Munson joined eChannelNews’ Julian Lee yesterday for a chat about the state of cybersecurity. If you read the guest post by retired FBI Cybercrimes agent Scott Augenbaum, you’ll know he firmly believes that 90% of cyberattacks can be prevented. In the beginning of Julian and Corey’s chat, they …

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Acer Hit With Largest Ransom Demand In History

No Official Word Acer manufactures computers. Laptops, desktops, and monitors are what they’re commonly known for. It seems this past week, however, they’ve been concentrating on someone else’s technology. On March 18th, the Taiwanese tech giant was hit with REvil ransomware. The ransomware gang posted several images of what they claimed were stolen Acer financial …

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App Security

It’s Not All About Malware We’ve talked before about the ability malware has to infect your phone. But it’s not always about malware. Malware, for reference, means any software with malicious intent. This does include ransomware, but also includes code with the ability to record keystrokes or simply saddle you with something that breaks your …

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9-1-1 Dispatch Center Attacked: Rob Cheng Speaks Out

The Attack Tuesday evening, the Tri-County Public Safety Network operating in Albany, Saratoga, and Rensselaer counties were hacked. Reports mention the attack happened around 9:30pm and no services in Albany county were disrupted. Officials worked through the night with vendors and the state Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber Incident Response Team to mitigate the impacts, …

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Ransomware Costs: Ransomware Payouts Jumped More Than 300% in 2020

Money, Money, Money Ransomware Costs! Ransomware is profitable, but just how profitable is it? Initial reports for 2020 are in and the payday was huge. BankInfoSecurity.com reported that there was about “370 million in known 2020 ransomware profits. Via ransoms that got paid – which represents a 336% increase over known 2019 earnings…” These numbers are …

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Help Reduce Unknown Calls

You Can Silence Unknown Calls Do you get a slew of calls from numbers you don’t recognize? Not only are unrecognized numbers spamming our phones, they can lead to scammers getting in touch with us. It’s frustrating. It can feel intimidating. Mostly, though, it’s an increasing nuisance. So what can you do? There are several …

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Washington State Introduces Cybersecurity Legislation

After a data breach that affected more than 1 million people in Washington State, legislators introduced two bills. One aims to strengthen cybersecurity infrastructure while the other wants to change data collection. As reported by Governing.com, “If passed, the two bills heard in committee Tuesday would boost cybersecurity at state government agencies. A bill requested …

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UPMC Breach Shows Larger Security Problem

UPMC Breach shows a larger server network security problem. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) had the private information of more than 36,000 people breached. But the medical giant itself was not the direct target of the compromise. A smaller law firm they use for billing-related legal services experienced the event from April to …

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CD Projekt Isn’t Afraid Of Transparency in the Face of Ransomware Attack

Ransomware Attacks Game Creator On Monday, video game creator CD Projekt announced they’d been the victim of a cyberattack. The details are still waiting to be discovered, but CD Projekt was not shy about sharing the information they knew, including publishing a statement and the ransom note to their Twitter page. Additionally, their website has …

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