Ransomware

Insider threats are on the rise. So what can organizations do?

Insider Threats Are on the Rise – How Can Businesses Remain Protected?

From 2018 to 2020 insider threats have increased 47% leading to a 31% increase in insider threat costs.  In 2020, the total cost of insider threats was just under $11.5 million.  Today, those numbers are increasing as cyber criminals are offering employees a hefty payday if they infect their corporate networks with ransomware.   In August …

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Americans begin the shift to a prevention focused cybersecurity stance with zero-trust technologies.

Cybersecurity Prevention – Is the World Making the Shift?

Fifteen days ago, I wrote about an interview PC Matic Vice President, Corey Munson, had with the CEO of Secure Anchor Consulting, Dr. Eric Cole discussing cybersecurity prevention and application whitelisting.  As you may recall, one of Dr. Cole’s biggest concerns, was the threat of extortion upon becoming a victim of ransomware.  For those who …

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Colonial Pipeline pays hackers, and then doesn't even use the decryption key.

Colonial Pipeline – The Perfect Example of Why Not to Pay

You’ve heard about it. The pipeline that was hit with ransomware, causing a major fuel shortage across the east coast. You also likely heard they paid the hacker’s demands. However, did you hear the rest of the Colonial Pipeline story? The End of the Colonial Pipeline Story Colonial Pipeline paid the ransom demands, after publicly …

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PC Matic Shield

PC Matic Expands MSP Product Offerings to Thwart Cyber Attacks

PC Matic MSP Addresses Ransomware and RDP Threats with Two New Products It should come as no surprise and managed service providers (MSPs) have had a growing target on their backs. Cyber criminals have found by infiltrating one MSP network, they are able to successfully infect not only that network but that of the MSP’s …

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Ransomware Attacks

28 Criminal Charges Dismissed After Ransomware Corrupts Evidence

Ransomware Corrupted Police Files, Leaving Evidence Inaccessible In April of 2019, the City of Stuart was infected with ransomware. Ransomware is a form of malicious software the will encrypt, or lock, files leaving them completely inaccessible. From there, the hackers demand a payment in exchange for a decryption key. For Stuart, Florida, that price tag …

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Protect your PC

Ransomware Is Not a Detect & Respond Issue

A vast majority of today’s cyber security solutions are failing. Many cyber security vendors are misguided when it comes to cyber security protection. One of the biggest “buzz phrases” in the security world is detect and respond. Therefore, cyber security vendors are deploying an endpoint detect and respond (EDR) component to their existing products. To …

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If New Orleans Officials Weren’t Superstitious Before, They Are Now…

Ransomware Plagues the City of New Orleans in Early Morning Hours of Friday the 13th The city of New Orleans remains under a State of Emergency after ransomware corrupted their networks at approximately 5 a.m. Friday morning. City officials have confirmed, limited networks have been impacted as a result of this cyber attack. Of those …

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Ransomware Epidemic Worldwide

Johannesburg Suffers Yet Another Ransomware Attack A second ransomware attack has left the town of Johannesburg, South Africa scrambling again. The website and essential digital services have been suspended while the city deals with the breach. Hackers claimed, “We have dozens of backdoors inside your city. We have control of everything…” This includes personal population …

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Ransomware Continues to Spread Across the Nation

Ransomware has proven it’s an epidemic of massive proportions… Over the last week, several new ransomware attacks have gone public. This includes attacks against Houston County Schools of Georgia, Ava School District in Missouri, CHI Health of Nebraska, and Berry Family Services in Texas. In addition, Wood Ranch Medical, located in Simi Valley, California was …

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Ransomware Attacks

Texas City Works to Restore Networks, Post-Ransomware Attack

Police Department Loses Images After Ransomware Infected City Systems The city of Robstown is working to restore their networks after an unknown ransomware variant riddled their networks, effectively corrupting Robstown Police Department records. To date, the last four weeks of police camera footage, including pictures and videos have been encrypted. The city is working with …

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Ransomware Plagues Utah’s Premier Family Medical Clinics

Ryuk Ransomware Riddles 11 Medical Facilities in Utah In July, eleven of Utah’s Premier Family Medical clinics were infected with ransomware. After an initial investigation of the cyber attack, it was determined the hackers used the ransomware variant called Ryuk to corrupt Premier Family Medical’s networks. Ryuk, is a ransomware variant known to target large …

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Malware

Attackers Find a New Way to Spread Ransomware Faster Than Ever

Ransomware has been riddling home users, business entities, governments, schools, and more for years. The attacks have grown in frequency, with ransom demands growing as well. In order to continue their profitability, hackers have to find new ways to infect networks. This includes exploiting software vulnerabilities, using social engineering, creating new versions of malware, and …

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schools

Ransomware Riddles American Schools in August

Ransomware Infects Public Schools Nationwide Throughout the month of August, several public school districts across the nation fell victim to ransomware. Here is what we know, the ransomware variants differed from attack to attack, although the most frequently used ransomware strain was Ryuk. This specific ransomware-type piggy-backs of a trojan virus. Once the trojan successfully …

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Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware Now Spreading Through Fortnite Cheat Hack

Hackers Post Ransomware in Fortnite Forums Although ransomware has been targeting the business sector, they haven’t forgotten about home users. In a new campaign to spread malicious software, hackers have masked ransomware as a Fortnite cheat hack. By posting the malicious link in various Fortnite forums, cyber criminals hope gamers will click the link and …

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