Archive for June, 2019

Second Ransomware Payout in Florida

Friday, June 28th, 2019

A ransomware attack in Florida on June 10th has resulted in another payout for cybercriminals.  Officials in Lake City voted to pay 42 bitcoins to decrypt files and get back on their network.  The 42 bit coins come to about $530,000.  Lake City’s insurance company will be paying most of that, but the city still […]

Firefox Critical Patch

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

Mozilla released Firefox 67.0.3 and Firefox ESR 60.7.1 patches and you need to update ASAP. The patches repair a critical zero-day vulnerability that hackers have been repeatedly exploiting recently. Firefox for Android, iOS, and Amazon Fire TV are not affected, but any desktop Firefox is at risk. Samuel Groß, cybersecurity researcher at Google Project Zero, […]

Russia-U.S. Cyberwar Brewing

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

The U.S. hack of Russia’s power grid could start a cyberwar.  The Kremlin issued a formal warning of potential retaliation with attacks on businesses, agencies, and infrastructure in the United States. Russia has been a continuing source of many cybercriminal groups, causing the U.S. to shift from cyber defense to cyber offense. The tactic could […]

Hefty Fines for CASL Violations

Monday, June 17th, 2019

Canadian citizens suspected of spreading malicious software could be facing fines in the millions of dollars for their criminal activities. The passage of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) covers much more than just mail.  It also covers altered transmissions of data, botnets, and the installation of known malware and spyware software. Under the CASL, businesses found […]