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Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

The biggest concern with the looming storm with regards to electrical equipment is flooding. The simplest way to protect your equipment is to ensure it is reasonably higher than possible flood levels and ensure it is turned OFF. We advise all of our customers to turn off all electronics when leaving the office for the […]

How to stop your smart home from being hijacked

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Your home internet connection could be leaving you vulnerable to an attack from criminals. The internet connection that goes into your house may be via a tiny wire —but it’s got big vulnerabilities which get larger all the time. And many of us don’t realize the router may be our weakest link. All of our devices – […]

€7.8 Billion in GDPR Lawsuits for Facebook and Google

Friday, May 25th, 2018

Are you tired of all the emails in your inbox telling you about privacy policy updates from every service you use? If you’re wondering why there are so many lately, you can thank GDPR. GDPR, or General Data Protection Regulation, is a European Union regulation that went into effect today. In simple terms, it regulates […]

DarkSky, the Latest Botnet

Friday, February 9th, 2018

A new botnet has been discovered by Radware. Called DarkSky, this malware is particularly adept at evading detection. DarkSky is able to run on multiple Windows operating systems, including Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. It has a sandbox mode, making it capable of infecting actual in-use computers. The malware essentially lets […]

What You Can Do About Rising Healthcare Cyberattacks

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

2017 was not a good year for the healthcare industry, at least as far as data breaches go. Almost 3.5 million records were compromised, an increase of nearly 25%. Medical records are a juicy target for hackers, who can sell them on the black market for identity theft or financial fraud. Healthcare centers are also […]

Joggers Give Away Military Secrets

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Even if you’re not a runner, you probably know that runners nowadays use GPS tracking technology to monitor their runs. They can keep track of their running history including how far and how fast they’ve run. They can also track their routes. All of this information can be shared with via apps. And that’s what’s […]

Keylogger Found on Thousands of WordPress Sites

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Though it started out as a blog platform, WordPress has become one of the most popular tools to build websites. In fact, it’s estimated that there are around 75 million websites powered by the content management system. With such popularity, however, comes a big target. Web security company Sucuri found that over 2,000 WordPress sites […]

Ransomware Attack Leads to Lawsuit for Allscripts

Friday, January 26th, 2018

It was reported a few days ago that electronic health records company Allscripts had been the victim of a ransomware attack. It’s bad enough that their operations were interrupted, but now they’re being sued for it to boot. Surfside Non-Surgical Orthopedics from Florida is suing on behalf of their clients who were impacted by the […]

Russians Allowed to Probe US Government Software

Friday, January 26th, 2018

It’s impossible to have missed all the talk about Russian hacking over the last year, so you would think the last thing any US tech company would do its to let Russians look for vulnerabilities in security software, but that’s just what some major tech companies that are used by the US government have done. […]

Adams Memorial Hospital Ransomware Attack

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Yet another hospital has suffered a ransomware attack. This time the victim is Adams Memorial Hospital in Indiana, where an employee noticed that things didn’t look quite right back on January 11, shortly before the network went down and the files were renamed “imsorry”. The results of the attack weren’t as devastating as another recent […]

North Carolina Data Centers Hit with Ransomware

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

A giant in the electronic health records industry, Allscripts, reported that they were hit by a ransomware attack recently. Casualties in that attack include data centers in Raleigh and Charlotte, NC. The ransomware attack started in the wee hours of January 18 and had become a major incident by 6:00 that morning. Microsoft, Cisco, and […]

Apologetic Ransomware Costs Hospital $55K… Despite Backups

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

By now you probably know the drill when it comes to ransomware. Don’t open suspicious email attachments and if you do happen to get infected, make sure you have a backup you can restore from. The recent ransomware attack on Hancock Health in Greenfield, Indiana, didn’t go that way. First of all, the infection didn’t […]

IT New Year’s Resolutions

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

With a new year come New Year’s Resolutions. We’ve got a few suggestions for your IT New Year’s Resolutions. They can save you money, headache, and a lot of trouble. If you don’t break them after the first month, of course. New Passwords Are you still using the same password you’ve always used? Are you using a […]

2017 Cybersecurity Stats and Future Predictions

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Another year is drawing to a close, and with it comes reflection on the year that was. Let’s dive right into some 2017 cybersecurity stats. Cyberattacks have been climbing and are expected to do so. Experts estimate that the monetary damage from cyberattacks will hit $6 trillion worldwide by 2021. That’s double what it was […]

What You Need to Know About Insider Hacks

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

Would you believe that 50% of all events where the confidentially or availability of an organization’s information is compromised are caused by people within the organizations? Unfortunately, you don’t get to choose because according to the Verizon 2015 Data Breach Investigation Report that’s a simple fact. We’ve talked about insider security breaches before, but what […]

If Your Online Privacy Was an Animal, It’d Be on the Endangered List

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

In many cyberattacks the thing that’s stolen isn’t digital currency or money through ransomware, it’s simply information. Most people think of social security and credit card numbers when they think of sensitive information, but a hacker can steal basic things like full names, addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers and still have a successful haul. […]

Ransomware Hits North Carolina Government

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

We’ve reported plenty of ransomware cases, yet some people still think it couldn’t happen to them. Maybe they’ll think otherwise when it strikes closer to home, which is the case as ransomware hits North Carolina government offices. The government of North Carolina’s most populous county, Mecklenburg, home to Charlotte, suffered a ransomware attack after an […]

When Cybersecurity Knowledge Isn’t Enough

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

If you had a gold coin worth $4.5 million in gold alone, you would be pretty serious about protecting it, right? Well, the Bode Museum in Berlin, Germany thought they were serious about protecting the “Big Maple Leaf” coin. After all, museum heists happen mostly in movies, and this particular coin happens to have a […]

Yahoo Hacker Arrested, Was Working for Russians

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Karim Baratov has pleaded guilty to the massive Yahoo hack that compromised billions of Yahoo accounts in 2014. Baratov, a Canadian citizen born in Kazakhstan, was arrested at his home in Toronto. Baratov has revealed details of his operation. He generally gained access to accounts by spearphishing. Specifically, he would send emails that appeared to come from […]

Uber Data Breach

Monday, November 27th, 2017

You may have heard by now that Uber, the ride-sharing company, was hacked last year. It was a data breach that involved the personal information of 57 million users and drivers including names, phone numbers, and email addresses. To make matters worse, Uber didn’t tell anybody about the data breach. The company has taken a number […]