Don’t Download that Free Netflix App!

February 6th, 2017

Netflix

If you’re looking to get free access to Netflix and come across an app that claims to have leaked Netflix accounts for you to use, don’t fall to the temptation to download it.  It’s actually ransomware. The program is called the Netflix Login Generator and purports to let you use other people’s Netflix login credentials […]

Police Evidence Lost to Ransomware

February 3rd, 2017

Police Computer

A police department was recently hit with ransomware.  When they decided not to pay the ransom, eight years worth of evidence was lost. A statement released last week by the Cockrell Hill Police Department (a suburb of Dallas, TX) said that the number of affected cases should be pretty small, saying that a lot of […]

Town Shut Down by Ransomware

February 3rd, 2017

Ohio

Licking County, Ohio took a licking recently.  (Sorry, I couldn’t help it.)  The county’s offices, including the police, were almost totally shut down due to a ransomware infection. There’s been no disclosure as of yet as to exactly how it happened, but ransomware infections are usually caused by someone opening an attachment in an email.  Sometimes […]

Cybernerd Date Night

February 2nd, 2017

Couple At Laptop

Are you and your cybergeek significant other looking for a movie or show to watch this weekend?  Or maybe you just want to enjoy some good reading that will both inform and entertain.  Either way, here’s a list for you to check out. Dragnet Nation Author: Julia Angwin Medium: Non-fiction Summary: Angwin writes about her […]

The Five Most Pressing Cybersecurity Issues

February 2nd, 2017

Typing Hacker

What are the most pressing cyber issues facing us today?  What questions need answering in order to come up with a sensible solution? Corporate Complicity The Issue: While most of us rely on large companies such as Google, Apple, etc., to protect our accounts and information. Question Raised: How can we be sure that these […]

Ransomware is Growing Up

February 1st, 2017

Digital World

You know that annoying little kid who hits a growth spurt and then seemingly overnight transforms from a nuisance into a menacing bully? That bully is ransomware, the growth spurt was 2016, and it doesn’t appear that 2017 will be any easier. Ransomware was not kind as a child; in the beginning, the strategy involved […]

Take a Cybersecurity Pop Quiz!

February 1st, 2017

Education Button

Think you are up-to-date on your Cyberknowledge? Take this quiz to find out! Noteworthy Cyberactivists ___ 1. This key player is the director of cybersecurity for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and has researched malware and coordinated security training initiatives. ___ 2. An outspoken digital security and privacy buff, this person gained notoriety after leaking NSA […]

Headaches, Deadlines and Cybercriminals, Oh My!

February 1st, 2017

Tax Day 2017

Aaaah, tax season is upon us:  Headaches, Deadlines and Cybercriminals, oh my! Fraudulent tax filing has become one of the most common forms of cybercrime over the last decade,  and it does not appear to be getting much better.   You may wonder how this information attained by the hackers. Sometimes it is phished directly […]

Our Book in Suburban Living Magazine

February 1st, 2017

Magazine Ad

16,000 homes and businesses are set to learn about our book, How HIPAA Can Crush Your Medical Practice, in the pages of the magazine Suburban Living.  Make sure to grab a copy, especially if you work in the medical field!

CEO Fraud Doubleheader

January 31st, 2017

Ceo Fraud 1200

Two instances of CEO fraud were announced yesterday.  One victim was a county in Kansas; the other a hospital. In the first instance, George S. James of Brookhaven, Georgia passed himself off as the CEO of a company requesting payments totaling $566,000 from Sedgwick County, Kansas.  The payment was made, but the county later found out […]

Trending Threat: Internet of Things

January 31st, 2017

Iot Wide

By now, people are becoming more familiar with the term IoT, or the Internet of Things, where everything from cars to refrigerators to light bulbs are connected to the Internet.  Just a few months ago, hackers took over IoT devices to perform DDoS attacks against large websites and services.  What does that mean for the future of […]

Trump Executive Order on Cybersecurity

January 30th, 2017

The Washington Post published a document that appears to be a draft of an executive order from President Donald Trump this past Friday.  The goal of the EC is to review the nation’s cybersecurity. The report, which can be read in full here, assigns a team to be led by the Secretary of Defense with […]

Hang Up Your Phone Immediately if You Hear This…

January 30th, 2017

Phone Angry

The phone rings.  The number isn’t familiar, but the area code is, so you decide to answer the call. You answer: “Hello?” “Can you hear me?” the voice on the other end of the line asks, loud and clear. Don’t answer, because if you do, you could be authorizing charges to your credit card or […]

Rude Trojan Turns Linux Machines into Proxies

January 26th, 2017

Linux

A new Trojan allows hackers to hide their IP addresses, allowing them to carry out whatever nefarious online deeds they like, by turning Linux machines into proxy servers. Linux.Proxy.10, the name of the Trojan, was discovered in December by cybersecurity firm Doctor Web.  They have since found thousands of infected machines, but they expect to find […]

The Murky Waters of Hacktivism

January 26th, 2017

Hacktivism

We wrote a post about a form of ransomware called ‘Popcorn Time’ that delivered the encryption key to the original victim if they spread it to two other people. The hackers behind popcorn time explained through the ransomware that they were collecting ransoms because they were Syrian refugees who had lost everything in the Syrian […]

Ransomware on Google Play

January 25th, 2017

Google Play

Malware slipping through to become available on Google Play, Android’s marketplace, is nothing new.  Now, however, a ransomware has snuck through, and it threatens to do a lot of damage. Named Charger, the ransomware took great pains to avoid detection.  It comes packaged in an app called EnergyRescue and employs a lot of features to […]

Charter’s Terrible Security Advice

January 25th, 2017

Password Li

“Change your WiFi password and show guests where your loyalty lies! #ThatsMyTeam.”  That was a message from Charter Spectrum’s Twitter account, @GetSpectrum.  Do you see any problem there? Charter is one of the largest TV and internet providers in the country.  Having a message about something topical, like the upcoming Super Bowl, is fine.  Reminding […]

200,000 Vulnerable Servers

January 23rd, 2017

Heartbleed

Do you remember the Heartbleed vulnerability?  It’s been known about for almost three years now, yet there are still nearly 200,000 systems that are vulnerable to it.  Is yours one of them? Heartbleed is a zero day vulnerability found in OpenSSL that allows hackers to read parts of a server’s memory, which can lead to […]

Gmail Scam Even Fooling Experts

January 19th, 2017

Gmail

There’s a new phishing scam going around aimed at stealing your Gmail password.  The scary thing is that even computer security pros are falling for it. Gmail is by far the most popular service for email, clocking in at over a billion active monthly users.  Gmail is popular for a number of reasons, not least […]

Student Faces 10 Years for Keylogger Malware

January 16th, 2017

Password Li

Imagine you won a Programmer of the Year Award in high school.  You get into James Madison University.  You get an internship with a government security contractor.  You create a bit of software and make about $100,000 of it.  And then, at 21 years old, you’re facing a ten-year prison sentence. That’s the biography of one […]