Jackson County Pays $400k Ransom

March 13th, 2019

Jackson County, Georgia finds its coffers down by $400,000 this week thanks to cybercriminal ransom. A ransomware infection blocked access to the county IT systems for most of the local government with the exception of its website and 911 services. Though the county has hired a cyber-security consultant, they have yet to confirm how the […]

Verifications.io Breach Leaks Over 800 Million Records

March 13th, 2019

Charlie Osborne at ZDNet has revealed a data breach of epic proportions. Bob Diachenko and Vinny Troia discovered over 809 million records in MongoDB. The information offered included varying degrees of private information including email addresses, zip codes, phone numbers, physical addresses and dates of birth. “Although not all records contained the detailed profile information […]

Why You Need a Fractional CISO

March 8th, 2019

Chief Information Security Officers play an essential part in the success of your business security, yet recent studies have found that only 13% of organizations are truly prepared for attacks on their network, mobile, and physical security. Without a CISO, the majority of security readiness falls on the CEO who usually has an overflowing to-do […]

Misconfigured Server Exposes Nearly 1 Million Patient Records

March 6th, 2019

Over 974,000 people are being notified by The University of Washington Medicine. For a three-week period in December, their information was exposed on the internet. A misconfigured server on the UW Medicine database was the cause of the breach. A patient discovered the leaked information while doing a Google search on themselves and contacted the […]

A Conversation With NCBA’s Privacy & Data Security Committee Chair

February 26th, 2019

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I sat down with Alex Pearce of Ellis & Winters LLP, the current chair of North Carolina Bar Association’s Privacy & Data Security Committee to discuss the current trends he sees in security for lawyers.  PETRONELLA: What is the biggest threat to firms that already have cybersecurity systems in place? PEARCE: One of the biggest threats is […]

WordPress Critical Flaw Discovered: Update Now

February 25th, 2019

Updating your WordPress content management software to version 5.0.3 is URGENT! RIPS Technologies told Hacker News of a remote code execution vulnerability that affects all previous versions. That’s over six years of vulnerability. The remote code execution attack can be utilized by any nefarious user with at least an author account via a combination of […]

SIM Swapper Faces Ten Year Sentence

February 25th, 2019

Joel Ortiz, a twenty-year-old college student from California accepted a plea deal and now faces a ten-year prison term for his SIM Swapping Attacks. Ortiz was arrested last year for stealing more than five million dollars in cryptocurrency. Roughly forty victims were affected. SIM swapping involves attackers posing as their target and soliciting a SIM […]

Dating Sites Post Big Security Issues in February

February 25th, 2019

Valentine’s Day week was not a good week for dating sites. Three online dating sites, OkCupid, Coffee Meets Bagel, and Jack’d, all suffered an array of security incidents. TechCrunch reported on Sunday that OkCupid has been dealing with a rise in account takeovers. Hackers are then hackers changing the account email address and password, making […]

Craig Uncovers Advanced New Phishing Scheme

February 7th, 2019

Craig Discovers Phishing Scheme

Hackers are getting more sophisticated at hiding their malware and data theft traps. Listen as Craig walks through how he discovered a cyberattack that would have ensnared anyone who wasn’t well-versed in cybersecurity awareness, then click here to learn how to not fall for tricks like these yourself.

Experts worried high-tech cars more open to hackers

February 6th, 2019

Car Hackers

Original story at CBS17.com RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – As automakers add more high-tech features to vehicles, a new report says those features are making cars more and more vulnerable to hijacking. Consider this scenario: You’re on your way to someplace, and you’re ready to jump into our car, except you can’t open it because you’re locked […]

Data-collecting cars can be a convenience, but they also raise privacy concerns

February 4th, 2019

Data Collecting Cars

Originally posted on CBS17.com. RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Your car is spying on you and you probably don’t even know it. Late-model vehicles generate tons of data and automakers are now finding ways to collect and sell that data to third parties — but who really owns that information and should it be sold? For […]

Your Car is Spying on You

February 3rd, 2019

Spying Car

Did you know your car is spying on you? It knows where you’re going, how fast you’re going there, what you’re listening to, and more! Where is your personal data going and who’s getting it? Tune in to CBS 17 after Superbowl LIII to learn more.

Mitsubishi: Leading the Way to Cyber-secure Vehicles

January 28th, 2019

The rise of smart cars and in-vehicle computer systems summons cyber-security to the forefront of automotive industry priorities. Today’s consumers stay connected beyond their vehicle interior with things like navigation, hands-free calling, driver assist features, and in the future autonomous vehicles. To stay ahead of cyber threats, in 2015 the auto industry established an Automotive […]

Mortgage Info Stolen in Data Breach

January 25th, 2019

Over 24 million mortgage documents were exposed this month for an extended period of time. The security lapse was first reported by Zack Whittaker of TechCrunch Wednesday afternoon who assisted Bob Diachenko in tracing the leak back to Ascension. “On January 15, this vendor learned of a server configuration error that may have led to […]

Robot Fleet Delivers at George Mason University

January 24th, 2019

George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia is now delivering food to on-campus students via autonomous wheeled robots. Estonia-based Starship Technologies partnered with Sodexo, a company that manages dining on George Mason’s campus to bring twenty-five delivery robots to the University. There is a $1.99 delivery charge for the new service. Senior Vice President of business […]

Continued Shutdown Complicating Cybercrime Investigations

January 24th, 2019

As the government shut down continues, more and more damage is being done to federal law enforcement agencies. The negative impact on cybercrime investigations is particularly troublesome. Without the proper personnel in place due to the prolonged furlough, the government cannot get clearance approved for its agents and analysts. One anonymous FBI source told KrebsOnSecurity, […]

Facebook may be gathering data thanks to popular ’10-year challenge’

January 17th, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Facebook users are being swept up in the latest on-line trend called the “10-year challenge.” People will post side-by-side then-and-now photos, but some say there’s a dark side to it. Facebook is the ultimate “Big Brother” surveillance device. Those using it readily participate in feeding its enormous appetite for data without realizing […]

Government Shut Down Opens Door For Cybersecurity Gaps

January 14th, 2019

The prolonged and ongoing government shut down due to a standoff between President Trump and Congress is affecting more than just 800,000 government paychecks and border walls.  The shutdown is affecting key agencies that control cybersecurity, such as the Department of Homeland Security, and compromised government cyber systems are the root of anxiety for many. […]

Google Knows More About You Than You Think

January 9th, 2019

Data. It feeds the information superhighway with ever-increasing accuracy and depth.  Personal data is particularly lucrative, and many companies will pay big bucks to get your info. Like many other tech giants, Google acquires massive amounts of personal data to tailor ads to the user and improve your experience.  Through its various apps and services, […]

Critical IE Security Update Issued by Microsoft

December 20th, 2018

Microsoft issued an emergency security update on Wednesday to patch a critical zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser IE9, IE10 and IE11. It also impacts IE 9 on Windows Server 2008, IE 10 on Windows Server 2012, IE 11 from Windows 7 to Windows 10, and IE 11 on Windows Server 2019, Windows […]