Archive for the ‘Blog’ Category

Make Our Devices Great Again

Monday, November 27th, 2017

Would you believe that only 35 years ago, China wasn’t even nearly the top manufacturer in the world? In fact, up until the 1970s and 80s, 60% of Chinese citizens worked in agriculture, which meant that the average per capita income was only 1/3rd of sub-Sahara Africa. But then Chinese manufacturing exploded, and so did […]

Kaspersky a Potential Threat Since 2004

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Do you remember about three months ago when there was talk that Kaspersky Lab may be in cahoots with the Kremlin? It was pretty shocking at the time, and it was a pretty big deal when the Department of Homeland Security decided it was a credible enough threat that they told government agencies they should […]

Why Farmers Are Being Forced to Buy Ukrainian Firmware

Monday, November 20th, 2017

We’ve told you about how the auto industry has shut off devices that can be installed in cars and used to disable or locate a vehicle if the owner doesn’t make a payment. We’ve told you about dolls that are connected to the internet but were left with security vulnerabilities that could allow a hacker […]

Cost of Inaccurate Medical Records? $1 Billion.

Friday, November 17th, 2017

When you go to the hospital, you have faith that you can rely on your medical records, right? That wasn’t the case for Stjepan Tot. Tot died of cancer and, as a lawsuit filed by his estate, wasn’t able to determine when his symptoms first appeared because “his medical records failed to accurately display his […]

The Most Disturbing Trend in Healthcare?

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

In 2013, individuals at Presence Health lost operating room schedules that had the private medical information of patients on them. They discovered the problem and reported the incident to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) like you are required to do, but they made a huge mistake because they […]

How Non-Profits Can Protect the Air They Breathe

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Just because non-profits are not profit focused doesn’t mean that they don’t still need money. Just like any business, money is what keeps a non-profit’s doors open. Unlike other businesses though, if a non-profit doesn’t receive enough money then it won’t just be the people it employs in trouble when it has to close down, […]

FBI and DHS Infrastructure Warning

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

In a rare public warning, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have issued a report that says since at least May sophisticated hackers have been attacking multiple energy and industrial firms. While the report warned hackers had compromise some networks, it did not get into the specifics of who […]

How the Government is SPYing on Your Car

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

If you sell cars, then you know a car’s safety is one of the most important features to customers. That’s why the recent Wikileaks “Vault7” leak is a thorn in the side for all auto dealers, but there’s some recent good news that could help you ensure customers that the smart cars you sell won’t […]

Phishing an International Cybersecurity Conference

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

You’ve got to admit, it takes guts to target attendees of an international cybersecurity conference with phishing attacks, but that’s just what one hacker group is doing. A cybersecurity conference, the International Conference on Cyber Conflicts, is going to be held November 7 and 8 in Washington, DC and is being put together by the US Military […]

Hackers Attacking Schools

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Move over, healthcare industry, hackers have a new easy target: our nation’s schools. Dozens of school districts have been hit by hackers this year alone. It’s the new easy target, as most school systems haven’t felt the need to worry about cybersecurity up to now. Most teachers and administrators aren’t very aware of cybersecurity practices, […]

How Your Interests Can Get You Hacked

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

By now we’ve all had to pretty much accept that our interests and habits are being mined for advertisers. Your phone knows where you go and what apps you use. The reason we get free services like Facebook and Twitter is that our information is sold to advertisers, and they tag that information to you […]

Beware the Bad Rabbit Ransomware

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

A new ransomware is spreading around the world. It’s already hit a number of European countries, may or may not have hit the US, and has even affected Interfax, a Russian news agency. Named Bad Rabbit, it’s a newer version of NotPetya and is suspected to have come from North Korea. As ransomware goes, Bad […]

Would You Let a Stranger Watch Your Children?

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

If you’re a parent, then you know how important choosing a babysitter is. Even though we usually just trust a neighbor and relative to do it, we are handing over the safety of our children to another person, and what’s more important than that? Money certainly isn’t, but protecting the company that employs you and […]

Another Hyatt Hack

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Once again, Hyatt hotels are having to alert customers of another credit card breach at some of their hotels. According to Hyatt Corp., their in-house cybersecurity team discovered that some payment card information had been accessed without authorization. The affected cards were either manually entered or swiped at the front desk of Hyatt-managed hotels between […]

KRACK WPA2 Vulnerability

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Security researchers have discovered a vulnerability in the WPA2 protocol leaving implementations open to attack. Being called Key Reinstallation Attack,  or KRACK, it works by exploiting a weakness within the protocol, putting virtually all implementations of WPA2 at risk. So far it has been discovered to affect Windows, Apple, Android, Linux, Mediatek, and Linksys, among […]

Cary, NC Company Fined for Vermont Health Data Breach

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Vermont attorney general TJ Donovan has announced he will fine the Cary, North Carolina-based company SAManage USA Inc. $264,000 as part of a settlement agreement with the data management company stemming from a breach involving the state’s Healthcare Insurance Exchange. The Social Security numbers of 660 users of Health Connect, Vermont’s healthcare exchange, were exposed […]

North Korea Hacks Military

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

According to a member of South Korea’s ruling party, North Korean hackers have stolen 235 gigabytes of information from the country’s Ministry of National Defense. Of all the information stolen, about 80% of it is still unidentified, despite North Korean officials denying the breach happened at all. Lost in the hack was South Korea’s response […]

Amazon Web Services Leak

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

150,000 people in the US have been affected by the leak of an Amazon S3 repository exposing patient information. The breach in a server containing 47.5 gigabytes worth of data belonging to Patient Home Monitoring Corp was discovered by Kromtech Security Researchers. Information, including patient and doctor names, case management notes, and other personal information was […]

14,005 Reasons to Make Sure the Elderly in Your Life Are Cyber Secure

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Medicaid has been in the news a while back thanks to the GOP’s response to Obamacare, but Medicaid’s sibling Medicare was also in the news. You may have missed it, but the 14,005 people who were affected could tell you all about the Brand New Day breach. Brand New Day is a Medicare-approved producer of […]

Equifax Website Serving Malware

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Some (but not all) visitors to the Equifax website were being redirected to a website with a malware warning that prompted them to download and install Adware.Eorezo via a program called MediaDownloaderIron.exe, which is labeled as malware by a number of antivirus providers. Initial fears were that Equifax had been hacked again, but Equifax released […]