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Email: The Cyber Weapon of Choice

Symantec's 2017 Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR) details how simple tactics and innovative cyber criminals led to unprecedented outcomes in global threat activity. This report covers a lot of areas like international bank heists, disrupted elections, and state-sponsored attacks. However, one thing stood out and that is the following paragraph: Email Becomes the Weapon of [...]

June 1st, 2017|Categories: Email, Phishing|Tags: , , , , |

Cyber Insurance Does Not Pay out for Human Error

Insurers will always work to limit their risk, so it is important for the buyer to be aware of what is in the fine print of any policy. Particularly with the recent WannaCry Ransomware insurers and claimants are you going to be very sensitive right now. That means it is important to know what you [...]

The Cyber Warfare Cell that Worries the West

Is North Korea behind the WannaCry Ransomware strain that hit a couple of weeks ago? A recent Reuters article points out what is happening in North Korea and it seems more and more signs are point towards their work. As you read the article it is obvious how underground, widespread and dangerous the world of [...]

Security Updates

As we all saw this weekend the cyber world is fragile, and vulnerable. As we have increased our reliance on technology we have also exponentially increased our risk and created an extremely vulnerable system. We have had multiple instances in the past 12 months alone where targeted attacks, or mistakes, have negatively impacted the ability for [...]

ALERT: Massive Wave Of CryptoLocker Ransomware Infections

We received this email from our friends at KnowBe4.com today: CryptoLocker is back big time. Researchers have spotted a sudden resurgence this year, specifically identifying clusters of attacks in Europe and the U.S. For people new to the ransomware racket, Russian cybercrime gangs tend to test and debug their campaigns in Europe, and then attack America [...]

March 7th, 2017|Categories: Phishing, Ransomware, Security, Social Engineering|Tags: , , , |

BEWARE: CEO Fraud And W-2 Phishing Scam Combined

The IRS warned that phishers started a new scam which is particularly nasty and dangerous. This scam combines CEO fraud (where email attacks spoof the CEO and a high-risk employee) and W-2 phishing (where scammers impersonate "the boss" asking for an employee to send their tax info). Per a new “urgent alert” issued by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, [...]

February 10th, 2017|Categories: CEO FRaud, Phishing|Tags: , , |

New Mac malware targets Microsoft Word users

From the Cult of Mac site, a warning of a malware strain going after Microsoft Word on the Mac users. Mac's have long remained more isolated and immune, but as they become more pervasive and more mainstream applications move to the Mac the risks increase. Here's a snippet from the article: After spreading viruses among [...]

Anthem data breach was caused by a foreign nation attacker

The large-scale cybersecurity attack on Anthem in 2015 that led to 78.8 million consumer records potentially being exposed in a data breach was caused by a foreign nation attacker, according to the California Department of Insurance. This was all started by a phishing email: It was also found that the initial breach occurred on  February [...]

February 9th, 2017|Categories: Data Breach, Healthcare, HIPAA, Phishing, Security, Social Engineering|Tags: , , |