Snowden & Publisher Sued for Book Proceeds

The Justice Department is suing Edward Snowden and his publisher MacMillan and Holtzbrinck. Snowden, a former contractor for the CIA and NSA government agencies, released his book Permanent Record today.  The Justice Department says that Snowden failed to “clear” the book with them, and they are now attempting to recover “all proceeds earned by Snowden because of his failure to …

Ransomware Attacks North Carolina and Connecticut

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 from outside the United States.  …

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

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 biocompatible glass and Spanish electronics. …

Chinese Spy Chips Found on US Servers

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 hackers to create secret connections …

Unsecured Webcams Leave Open Door for Criminals

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 complex and secure otherwise some …

Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

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 last time prior to the …

How to stop your smart home from being hijacked

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 – tablets, cellphones, computers, email, banking …

€7.8 Billion in GDPR Lawsuits for Facebook and Google

Are you tired of all the emails in your inbox telling you about privacy policy updates from every service you use? If you’re wondering why there are so many lately, you can thank GDPR. GDPR, or General Data Protection Regulation, is a European Union regulation that went into effect today. In simple terms, it regulates how online services collect and …

DarkSky, the Latest Botnet

A new botnet has been discovered by Radware. Called DarkSky, this malware is particularly adept at evading detection. DarkSky is able to run on multiple Windows operating systems, including Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. It has a sandbox mode, making it capable of infecting actual in-use computers. The malware essentially lets hackers take over infected machines …

What You Can Do About Rising Healthcare Cyberattacks

2017 was not a good year for the healthcare industry, at least as far as data breaches go. Almost 3.5 million records were compromised, an increase of nearly 25%. Medical records are a juicy target for hackers, who can sell them on the black market for identity theft or financial fraud. Healthcare centers are also a popular target for ransomware …

Joggers Give Away Military Secrets

Even if you’re not a runner, you probably know that runners nowadays use GPS tracking technology to monitor their runs. They can keep track of their running history including how far and how fast they’ve run. They can also track their routes. All of this information can be shared with via apps. And that’s what’s causing alarm in military circles. …

Keylogger Found on Thousands of WordPress Sites

Though it started out as a blog platform, WordPress has become one of the most popular tools to build websites. In fact, it’s estimated that there are around 75 million websites powered by the content management system. With such popularity, however, comes a big target. Web security company Sucuri found that over 2,000 WordPress sites have been infected with a …

Ransomware Attack Leads to Lawsuit for Allscripts

It was reported a few days ago that electronic health records company Allscripts had been the victim of a ransomware attack. It’s bad enough that their operations were interrupted, but now they’re being sued for it to boot. Surfside Non-Surgical Orthopedics from Florida is suing on behalf of their clients who were impacted by the downtime, saying that appointments were …

Russians Allowed to Probe US Government Software

It’s impossible to have missed all the talk about Russian hacking over the last year, so you would think the last thing any US tech company would do its to let Russians look for vulnerabilities in security software, but that’s just what some major tech companies that are used by the US government have done. McAfee, SAP, and Symantec let …

Adams Memorial Hospital Ransomware Attack

Yet another hospital has suffered a ransomware attack. This time the victim is Adams Memorial Hospital in Indiana, where an employee noticed that things didn’t look quite right back on January 11, shortly before the network went down and the files were renamed “imsorry”. The results of the attack weren’t as devastating as another recent attack, with three doctors unable …

North Carolina Data Centers Hit with Ransomware

A giant in the electronic health records industry, Allscripts, reported that they were hit by a ransomware attack recently. Casualties in that attack include data centers in Raleigh and Charlotte, NC. The ransomware attack started in the wee hours of January 18 and had become a major incident by 6:00 that morning. Microsoft, Cisco, and Mandiant have all been involved …