Archive for the ‘Cyber Security’ Category

Cyber World War

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

It feels like a cyber world war has begun today as computers around the world, including Russia, the UK, Ukraine, the US, and more have been hacked. Victims include the pharmaceutical company Merck, Rosneft (a major Russian oil and gas company), and Ukranian government agencies, including the infamous Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Some cybersecurity firms […]

Don’t Cry for WannaCry

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Remember a month or two ago when everyone was talking about WannaCry? The ransomware shut down hospitals and telecoms all over the world and caused all kinds of chaos, but we haven’t heard a whole lot about it since then. Did it go away? Did WannaCry die? In fact, it did not. WannaCry is alive […]

Why Are We Still Paying for Enron’s Mistakes?

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Whether you’re five years old or have kids that are too old to trick-or-treat, you’ve probably heard about poisoned Halloween candy. Maybe you were told that people put razor blades in apples, or maybe it was cyanide-laced Jolly Ranchers but no matter what you were told you’ve probably completely unwrapped a few pieces of Halloween […]

4 Reasons Why Non-Profits Should Beef Up Their Cybersecurity

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

If there’s one thing you should never doubt, it’s that hackers have no boundaries. These people use human lives as leverage in cyber-attacks on hospitals. Do you think they would leave a company alone just because they’re a non-profit? Non-profits don’t get a pass from hackers because of the work they do. In fact, it’s […]

Russia Can Hack the US Power Grid

Monday, June 12th, 2017

We reported a few months ago that Russian hackers were able to shut down a Ukrainian power grid, leaving over 200,000 people without electricity. That malware, named CrashOverride, can be modified to attack the US power grid. Malware designed specifically to disrupt power is rare. CrashOverride is actually only the second such malware, the first […]

How to Make Connected Cars Safe

Monday, June 12th, 2017

Realizing how connected every device is is like taking the red pill in the Matrix, nothing will ever look the same again. Every time a family member or friend tells you about their thermostat that automatically adjusts settings based on the weather or the doll they got their child that connects to a database of […]

What Do Auto Dealerships, Hospitals, and Viruses Have in Common?

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

When you think about it, hospitals are pretty dangerous places. Everyone one with a serious illness is gathered in one place and are frequently visited by healthy people who go back into the regular world. Even if a healthy person doesn’t have someone to visit at the hospital, they’ll have to go at some point […]

20% of Networks Infected with Chinese Malware

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Corporate computers and networks beware! Fireball, a new Chinese malware, has already infected 20% of corporate networks and 250 million computers around the world. Fireball is a browser hijacker. It can reset your homepage and change your default search engine. That may sound like nothing more than an annoyance, but it includes a tracking pixel […]

Superworm Causes Cybersecurity Insurance to Rise

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

WannaCry is aptly named; after the release of this super ransomworm, it is likely that many companies wept. However, one company’s bane is another company’s treasure. The purchase of cybersecurity insurance policies is on the rise; considering the fact that WannaCry has caused over a billion dollars in damages in the short amount of time […]

Second Kmart Breach in Three Years

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

It’s a sequel nobody wanted to see. A few years ago, Kmart was one of the big names that suffered from a malware infection that stole customer credit card information. Last week, news started trickling in that it was happening again. As usually happens in these cases, financial institutions started seeing a pattern in stolen […]

Threats from a Seven-Year-Old Flaw

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Samba is open-source networking software that runs on the vast majority of today’s operating systems (OS), including such giants as Windows and Linux.  One reason for its popularity is that it allows non-Windows OS’s to share with Windows OS’s that are on the same network, such as files, folders, and printers. This was very helpful […]

Health Vendor Fined $155M

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

The Department of Justice has slapped an electronic health records vendor, eClinicalWorks, with a $155 million fine in a false claims lawsuit. eClinicalWorks initially disputed the allegations made in the lawsuit, but eventually agreed to settle so they could avoid costly and drawn out litigation. Central to the lawsuit was the allegation that eClinicalWorks was […]

Think Your Business Isn’t a Target? Think Again.

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

What does the medical industry fear more than anything else? Easy. Ransomware. But even though healthcare providers are extremely vulnerable to ransomware because of their large attack surface and sensitive data, they aren’t the only ones who should be afraid of it. One hotel in Austria found that out the hard way. In fact, the […]

Antivirus Investigated by FBI

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

If you’ve bought a PC, pretty much ever, you’ve probably heard of Kaspersky. Kaspersky is a Russia-based cybersecurity company and makers of a popular antivirus program. With all the allegations surrounding Russia these days, questions are being asked about them. Aside from being installed on plenty of home and business computers, Kaspersky Antivirus is also […]

Completely Unsecured Patient Records

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

We trust that healthcare companies take every precaution to make sure patient files are as secure as they can be. In fact, not doing so can lead to big fines and other trouble. It’s surprising, then, that a Fortune 500 healthcare company would leave their patient records almost completely unprotected. Security reporter Michael Krebs reported […]

Unsecured Email Could Steal Your Dreamhome

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

In November of last year, Jon and Dorothy Little were working with their realtor to close on December 2 on a $200,000 home in Hendersonville.  Of course, on even a good day, the home-buying process is known to be not only tedious but complicated as well. So imagine adding an email phishing scam to that […]

Mighty Morphing Malware Comeback

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

A new twist on an old malware is making a big splash. The malware in question is called Qakbot. It’s a little like ransomware in that it locks files on an infected computer, but it differs in that it locks out Active Directories and steals credentials in order to spread to other nearby systems. Qakbot […]

Seven NSA Hacking Tools in New Malware

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

The WannaCry ransomware attack spread worldwide very quickly in part because it used NSA hacking tools that exploited vulnerabilities in the Windows operating system. WannaCry implemented two of the NSA’s tools, but a new strain of malware threatens to be more dangerous because it uses all seven NSA hacking tools. The new malware is a worm […]

North Korean Hackers Suspected in WannaCry Attack

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Symantec, a leading cybersecurity firm and creator of, among other products, the popular Norton antivirus software, has announced that it’s highly likely that the perpetrators of the recent WannaCry cyberattack is a hacking group from North Korea known as Lazarus. In case you haven’t kept up with any news in the last week or so, […]

WannaCry Attack Shows US Medical Vulnerabilities

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

The big news in the recent WannaCry ransomware attacks was how a number of healthcare facilities in the UK had to shut down after being infected.Less reported was the fact that WaanaCry was also discovered in medical devices in the US. The FDA had issued a warning that medical devices were vulnerable to attack. Forbes reported that […]