Hackers Find Scores of Pentagon Vulnerabilities

Over 100 weaknesses have been found in the Pentagon’s networks and websites.  Fortunately, these hackers were paid to find them. 1400 hackers took part in Hack the Pentagon, a program created by the Department of Defense.  Their goal was to use whitehat hackers to probe for weaknesses with rewards of up to $15,000 for security risks discovered in the process. …

How the NSA Used MS Word Macros

There have been new revelations about the US government’s spy program thanks to a series of Edward Snowden’s emails to the NSA’s SIGINT Oversight and Compliance Division released due to a Freedom of Information Act request. We’ve warned people time and again how macros embedded within Word documents are a prime attack vector of hackers, well it turns out that …

Ransomware Getting More Expensive

This year has seen a massive increase in Ransomware, and with that increase comes increasingly hefty ransoms. Savvy businesses worldwide have begun to stockpile Bitcoins, just to be on the safe side. One UK study, conducted by Citrix and Censuswide, which polled 250 IT managers, showed that a third of those companies have begun to not only collect bitcoins, but …

Russia Cracks Down on Hackers

Law enforcement in Russia have carried out the largest ever arrest of hackers in the country after rounding up 50 people that were allegedly responsible for stealing more than $25 million from Russian financial institutions. Russia’s Interior Ministry and Federal Security Service (FSB) carried out raids across the country that seized computer equipment, financial documents, and stockpiles of cash along …

It Wasn’t Dropbox’s Fault

Unfortunately for Dropbox, last week several identity theft protection services including LifeLock wrongly reported that 73 million usernames and passwords had been stolen in a data breach on the cloud storage company. The problem is that Dropbox didn’t have a data breach, Tumblr did. The source of the mistake was the identity monitoring firm CSID. CSID, which is currently in …

Protect Yourself From Ransomware

Halfway through the fiscal year, the top 2016 hacker trend has become clear: ransomware. PhishMe, a threat management team, reports that ransomware attacks have increased 56% since 2015, and ransomware is attached to as much as 93% of all phishing emails. Why the trend? Ransomware is more efficient, easier to use and safer for the hacker. Moving Target The cybercriminals of 2016  have begun to realize …

Shocking First Quarter Ransomware Stats

Infoblox DNS Threat Index (a leading indicator of worldwide malicious Domain Name System threats) reported in Q1 2016 an increased threat of almost 10% over the previous quarter, resulting in an all-time high of 137. This is largely due to a 3500% increase in ransomware domains recorded in Q1 2016.  Cybercriminals and hackers use these domains to for nefarious activities that range from data exfiltration …

New Healthcare Breach Compromises Security of Nearly 100,000 Patients

Florida-based business, Southeast Eye Institute, P.A. (d.b.a. Eye Associates of Pinellas) reported that as many as 87,314 individuals may have had  personal information stolen. This includes names, addresses, phone numbers, D.O.B., SSN, and insurance information.  Eye Associates of Pinellas was using medical software designed by, Bizmatics, a third-party provider.  Bizmatics notified Eye Associates on March 30, 2016, a  that an unauthorized individual was able to …

DHS Hacker Warning

We already heard that machinery in US power plants were vulnerable to attacks from hackers and now the Department of Homeland Security has put out a warning saying just that. The department’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) is concerned that the ESC 8832 data controller could be taken over by an attacker with the most basic hacking skills and there’s no …

Raleigh Clinic to Pay $750,000 for HIPAA Violation

Raleigh Orthopedic Clinic (ROC) of North Carolina is paying for its violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 Privacy Rule, for allegedly sharing private and protected patient information with a potential business partner. $750,000, to be exact. The Office of Civil Rights (a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) revealed in its investigation …

2016 Trend Shows Hackers Targeting Smaller Businesses

The “Mega-hacks” of major health care industry players like Anthem, Inc and Premera Blue Cross, that were so popular in early 2016, seem to be giving way to attacks on smaller, more vulnerable businesses. A good example of this trend can be seen in the most recent industry breach of an 11-physician practice in Katy, TX, Medical Colleagues of Texas. …

Top Cause of Healthcare Data Breaches

Since 2010, the number of data breaches in the healthcare industry has been steadily on the rise. Consequently, a new study out by the Ponemon Institute has found that such breaches will end up costing the industry 6.2 billion dollars. The source of the breaches? Employees. According to the study, the thing that most organizations fear when it comes to …

Were You Infected by the American Dental Association?

In an attempt to update dental procedure codes, the American Dental Association may have inadvertently infected thousands of dental offices across the United States with malware. As part of a mailer sent to ADA members, the thumb drives were intended to contain codes that offices use to keep track of procedures for billing and insurance purposes. Upon closer inspection, it …

Jigsaw Ransomware

It appears there’s a new form of ransomware that was clearly created by hackers who are fans of the movie “Saw”. Going by the name Jigsaw, not only does it encrypt files and ask for money to unlock them, it also begins to delete your files while raising the ransom demand. Taking its name from the horror film’s serial killer, the …

Hackers Steal $81 Million from One Bank

Hackers were able to get into the systems of the Bangladesh central bank and steal $81 million dollars thanks to one of the most ridiculous security lapses ever seen: cheap routers. After being alerted to a data breach in February, law enforcement realized that not only were the bank’s computers connected to the SWIFT global banking network with no firewall …

The Staggering Numbers Behind Ransomware

In the past year ransomware attacks, malware that encrypts files then demands payment in Bitcoins to get a key to unlock them, have not only increased in number of attacks, but also the types of organizations hit. Medical facilities have been a big target. Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital in Los Angeles paid about $17,000 to hackers after ransomware hit their systems. …

Ransomware in JavaScript

There’s been a recent rash malware that utilizes JavaScript-based downloaders to install ransomware on victims’ computers. Like most ransomware, it then encrypts their files and demands payment in Bitcoins to get a key to unlock them. It’s pretty unusual for anyone to send a Javascript attachment, so users should be on the lookout for any suspicious emails that include files …