IRS Issues Scam Warning

December 17th, 2018

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is warning about a new “tax transcript” scam that consumers are forwarding to the IRS reporting address   Scammers pretending to be the “IRS Online” send out “urgent” emails with attachments labeled some variant of “Tax Account Transcript”.  Tax transcripts are summaries of your tax records.  They are available online, […]

USPS Informed Delivery: Email Isn’t the Only Mail at Risk

December 14th, 2018

It’s pretty rare these days to find a letter in your mailbox.  With the electronic age dominance, most physical mail a person receives is junk mail or packages.  A new system by the United States Postal Service allows you to get delivery notifications with photos of what’s being delivered, so of course, criminals have found […]

Here We Go Again: Quora Hacked on Heels of Marriott Breach

December 12th, 2018


Just after the Marriott International breach, over 100 million Quora users recently received an email notifying them of a data breach.  Quora has confirmed that its systems were hacked leaving account and user information exposed. Though the cause is still yet unknown, the intrusion was noted on Friday, November 30th.  Compromised information includes usernames, emails, […]

Malware Combo Targets Mac Systems

December 11th, 2018

Darthminer is a recently discovered threat that targets Mac systems via Adobe.  Malwarebytes security researches warn that the threat is actually a combination of two open-source programs. The threat is distributed through an application called Adobe Zii.  It utilizes a generic Automater applet icon instead of a stolen Adobe Creative Cloud logo.  The fake application […]

Marriott Starwood Database Breached since 2014

December 10th, 2018


Up to 500 million accounts have been hacked at the Marriott hotel chain’s Starwood guest reservation database.  Approximately 327 million guest information was released including some combination of names, mailing address, phone number, passport number, date of birth and other sensitive information.  Marriott was also unable to verify if both of their Advanced Encryption Standard […]

Employers Liable for Employee Personal Info Leak

December 4th, 2018

Back in 2014, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center confirmed a data breach that release that caused over 60,000 employees’ personal information to be released. Hackers then used that information to file and receive fraudulent tax return monies.  Employees sued the company, but the case was discarded from lower courts. Now, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court […]

Amazon Consumer Information Exposed

November 28th, 2018

Due to a rumored “technical error,” Amazon contacted several customers this week to notify them that their names and email addresses had been exposed.  The email, however, was somewhat vague, and many recipients thought the email was a scam.  “This is not a result of anything you have done, and there is no need for […]

Bank of America Sued Over Improper Wire Transfer

November 20th, 2018

Warminster-based O’Neill Bragg & Staffin and its principals filed a lawsuit in federal court in Philadelphia against Bank of America.  The law firm claims that the bank was responsible for damages done after cybercriminals used a Phishing email to trick a member of the firm into transferring more than a half-million dollars to the Bank […]

Domain Doppelgängers a Big Risk This Holiday Season

November 19th, 2018

Well, it’s here!  Black Friday shopping week has officially begun.  The lure of door busting sales will bring online shoppers in droves worldwide.  That means Christmas candy for cybercriminals that take advantage of that rush with Trojan sites used to intercept users’ credentials, or phishing pages designed to capture website logins. Captured web credentials sell […]

Welcome the New Cybersecurity Agency

November 16th, 2018

A new government agency is on its way after the House of Representatives passed a bill paving the way for its creation. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, or CISA (you’ve got to love how they added the extra “security” in there so they wouldn’t have an acronym conflict with the Central Intelligence Agency), will […]

Bad News for Mac Users

November 15th, 2018

Apple’s operating systems are no longer bulletproof.  Regardless of end users perceptions of invincibility, a recent study has demonstrated that ransomware attacks have increased by 500% on Macs and iOS devices, despite their locked down architecture.  The difference is in the criminal tactics.  Cybercriminals today utilize OS- Specific ransomware to obtain trust, access, or Intel […]

Ransomware Attacks North Carolina and Connecticut

October 30th, 2018

The city of West Haven, Connecticut was hit by a ransomware attack that ran for twenty-three minutes on Tuesday, October 16th and infected 23 servers. The city managed to contain the attack by 5:30pm the following day.  With the help of MS-ISAC, a division of Homeland Security, police were able to determine the attack came […]

Five Best Practices for IT Security

October 25th, 2018

Security is a necessity when it comes to information technology. Everything from hacking to malware to theft is a potential threat. While there is nothing that guarantees 100% protection, there are a few basics that go a long way toward protection. Here are five best practices for keeping your system safe. 1. Pick Your Battles […]

One Simple Trick to Boost Your Security that Nobody Does

October 24th, 2018

Cybercrime is projected to cost the global economy more than $2 trillion a year by 2019 according to market analysts Juniper Research, yet a simple overlooked solution exists—changing your domain name system (DNS). Changing your DNS server is quick, easy and an effective trick to not just save you money but also boost your security, […]

Välkommen! Now Give Me Your Hand: The Potential Of Implanted Microchips

October 19th, 2018

Biohax, a passive near field communications device has been inserted in thousands of people in Sweeden.  Certified biohackers insert the 2x12mm tubular microchip under your skin, usually in the area between your thumb and forefinger.  The chip contains no tracking capabilities, no GPS capabilities, and no batteries, and the device itself is Chinese, with German […]

Chinese Spy Chips Found on US Servers

October 5th, 2018

This is something I’ve been contemplating for a good 20 years. I hate to see my suspicions borne out. As it turns out, China has been putting rice-sized surveillance chips on motherboards manufactured in the country. Since the chips are so small they don’t contain a lot of information, but it’s enough to allow Chinese […]

Unsecured Webcams Leave Open Door for Criminals

October 4th, 2018


Security expert Craig Petronella of Petronella Technology Group said you shouldn’t just take a camera out of the box and use it with its factory settings intact. “You have to configure it,’’ he said. “It has a default user name and password and after you get it all set up, you want to change the password to something […]

Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

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

September 6th, 2018

Craig Petronella Protecting Your Home From Hackers

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 – […]

Fake Hotel Bookings: How to Minimize Risk

August 23rd, 2018

Online hotel bookings happen every day.  More and more consumers are utilizing the web to reserve their hotel accommodations.   But what if you arrived, only to find you had no reservation despite the charge to your card? Travel fraud is on the rise, with recent estimates as high as 25% of consumers being scammed.  Cybercriminals […]