The Ransomware Crisis

July 22nd, 2021

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Ransomware: The Worst Global Threat of 2020 (2nd Edition) What is the Ransomware crisis? If you follow current events, you’re aware of a new global threat. It feeds directly into the HIPAA maze. Hindsight is 20/20, and now we all clearly see that the World Wide Web doubles as a Venus Fly Trap. It’s that unique place where […]

The HITECH Act

July 22nd, 2021

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What is the HITECH Act? The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) Act is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 that HIPAA stems from, and it encourages the use of electronic health record (EHR) systems through incentivization. The argument could be made that EHR system providers, and the healthcare IT industry as a whole, […]

HIPAA Breach Notification Rule And The Twisted Loophole (Fall 2019 Edition)

July 22nd, 2021

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HIPAA Breach Notification Rule We probably should have titled this “Breach Notification Rule and Encryption.”  Why, you ask?  Because if HIPAA Breach Notification Rule were a question, then encryption would be its corresponding answer. What is the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule?  From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Website: “The HIPAA Breach Notification Rule, 45 CFR […]

HIPAA Privacy Rule And The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (2nd Edition)

July 22nd, 2021

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What is the HIPAA Privacy Rule?  From  https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/privacy/index.html: “The HIPAA Privacy Rule establishes national standards to protect individuals’ medical records and other personal health information and applies to health plans, health care clearinghouses, and those health care providers that conduct certain health care transactions electronically. The Rule requires appropriate safeguards to protect the privacy of personal health information, and sets limits and conditions on the uses and disclosures that may be […]

Protect Your Business: Cyberattacks Growing Increasingly Prevalent and Dangerous

June 24th, 2021

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US Ransomware Attacks: A Matter Of National Security Ransomware is a growing concern of national security in the United States. Last year the country was the victim of  65,000 ransomware attacks, which breaks down to a whopping seven attacks each hour, according to a new report by Recorded Future, a Boston-based cybersecurity company. While these […]

Unless You WANT to Get Hacked? CHANGE YOUR PASSWORDS NOW!

June 10th, 2021

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DO YOU WANT TO GET HACKED? This is NOT a drill! In a huge week for Hackers’ News, this is still huge.  On Monday it was announced that BILLIONS of passwords and other sensitive information was leaked on the dark web via a 100GB text file almost 8-and-a-half billion passwords. It’s being called “RockYou2020.” <font […]

Hacked Colonial Pipeline May Get Partial “Refund” on Ransom

June 7th, 2021

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In Hackers’ News that NOBODY expected, hacked pipeline giant, Colonial Pipeline, might be getting back a good portion of the almost $5 million ransom they paid last month to the Russian cyberterrorist group, DarkSide. Turns out that notifying the FBI early on in the matter might just have been the right step to take, as […]

USB Cable of Terror: Why You Should Never Borrow a Charging Cord

June 3rd, 2021

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Remember simpler times when our biggest concern was being “juice jack” hacked at a public charging station, rather than worrying about whether we could leave our home or not without catching the plague?  In case you were too busy enjoying maskless merry-making to remember the craze from a couple of years ago, “juice jacking,” in […]

Colonial Pipeline Pays $5M Ransom to Hacker Group

May 14th, 2021

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If this isn’t a cautionary tale about the importance of cybersecurity, then we aren’t sure what is. It was reported that Colonial Pipeline, the largest refined oil pipeline in the US that was the victim of a cyberattack by DarkSide (a new-ish Russian ransomware group), paid a FIVE MILLION DOLLAR RANSOM on Friday – the […]

White House Signs Executive Order on Cybersecurity

May 13th, 2021

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After signaling that they were going to start taking cybersecurity more seriously, the Biden Administration announced today that President Biden had signed an Executive Order, making the crackdown official. According to the White House, the Executive Order “makes a significant contribution toward modernizing cybersecurity defenses by protecting federal networks, improving information-sharing between the U.S. government […]

Cyberattack Forces Major Pipeline to Shutdown Operations

May 8th, 2021

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Colonial Pipeline, a company that operates over 5,000 miles of gasoline and jet fuel pipelines from Texas all the way to New York, is the latest known victim of a cyberattack so fierce that they were forced to shut down operations yesterday. Colonial Pipeline carries almost half of the entire East Coast’s fuel supplies.  While […]

Cyberattack Forces Major Pipeline to Shutdown Operations

May 8th, 2021

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Colonial Pipeline, a company that operates over 5,000 miles of gasoline and jet fuel pipelines from Texas all the way to New York, is the latest known victim of a cyberattack so fierce that they were forced to shut down operations yesterday. Colonial Pipeline carries almost half of the entire East Coast’s fuel supplies.  While […]

Petronella Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics Announced as a 2021 Local Excellence Award Winner by UpCity!

May 5th, 2021

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“This award is huge for our company! We’re thrilled to have received the 2021 Local Excellence Award! We absolutely love what we do and it shows through our customer reviews. Thank you to UpCity for recognizing our efforts and to our incredible clients. We can’t thank you enough.” -Craig Petronella Petronella Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics […]

Protecting Yourself from the Latest Facebook Hack

April 5th, 2021

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This past weekend, the personal data of over half-a-BILLION Facebook users was posted in a low-level hacking forum, including full names and phone numbers, email addresses, and biographical and demographic information. The only real upside to this breach is that the data is going on two years old, as it appears to have been stolen […]

Tech the New Year Lads & Lasses

March 6th, 2021

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Holidays mean downtime for a lot of people, including families and extended families. All that togetherness creates a fantastic opportunity to ring in the new year with tech savvy family technical support. Here’s seven ways to earn that family “Tech Guru” title. Update. Everything. Before you go hunting for elusive tech issues, check to ensure […]

CES: What to Expect on the Tech Horizon

March 6th, 2021

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Technology is in almost every single aspect of our daily life.  Things that were once big screen sci-fi are now an everyday reality.  So how do we know what the next new thing is on the horizon?  CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is a massive preview.  Happening this week in Las Vegas, CES has more than […]

February Microsoft Security Issues & Patches

February 6th, 2021

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Earlier this month Microsoft released a series of patches to rectify over seventy security issues in Windows and software that interacts with Windows, including critical updates for Adobe Flash Player and Microsoft Office. At least twenty of the flaws are considered critical as Microsoft believes hackers could easily compromise systems. The number one priority patch […]

Protecting Your Remote Workers

February 1st, 2021

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It’s been almost a year now, since the pandemic seemingly turned our worlds upside-down in what was seemingly an instant.  Many workers who had never worked remotely began doing so on a regular basis.  And while that was immensely helpful in curtailing the spread of the physical virus, e-viruses have flourished, as anyone with even […]

Apple Patches: Update Your Apple Device NOW

January 26th, 2021

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Today, Apple offered emergency security patches for the iOS 14.4 and iPad OS 14.4 platforms, warning users that they found three separate security vulnerabilities… Vulnerabilities that hackers might already be in the process of exploiting. READ: DO NOT DELAY UPDATING YOUR iPHONE OR OTHER APPLE DEVICE!!! While Apple declined to provide in-depth vulnerability details, here […]

Catch the Wave?

January 13th, 2021

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Waves are everywhere, even if you don’t see them. In fact, you can’t see them until you observe them- hence the very weird “double-slit” experiment. As patterns go, they extend for what appears to be forever. Don’t believe us? Just ask the fractal (rapidly expanding) universe. Talk about a bad case of entropy! Surprisingly, these […]