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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: , , |

USB Sticks Could Infect Your Network

We ALWAYS recommend strict and tight controls around the use of USB sticks or drives in your environment. They have long been the carriers and purveyors of malware and viruses on corporate networks. If you currently do not block the use of USB drives on laptops and computers you absolutely should be - now! Here [...]

January 24th, 2017|Categories: Phishing, Security, Social Engineering|Tags: , , , |

Recently Reported Healthcare Cyber Attacks

A recent blog post in HealthITSecurity lists three recent healthcare cyber attacks. It's important to read the information and see how smaller practices are being compromised and the work they are doing to remediate, and report the incident. Remember these simple things to help protect yourself and your organization: Training, training, education, education, awareness, awareness. [...]

January 9th, 2017|Categories: Phishing, Ransomware, Security, Technology|Tags: , , |

Former executive assistant director of the FBI highlights comprehensive education and proactive planning to create strong ransomware preparation measures

Healthcare ransomware has quickly become one of the top cybersecurity concerns for both covered entities and business associates, according to a recent HealthcareIT Security blog post. Without proper training and a thorough backup plan, organizations could find themselves in trouble should an attack take place. “Ransomware attacks two or three years ago, coming out of [...]

Healthcare Data Breaches, Ransomware Top Challenges in 2017

The latest Black Book poll (Read it here) of healthcare PR clients showed that physician satisfaction and medico-legal problems are no longer the key concerns, and that 2017 will see a higher focus on technological and financial issues. This includes data breaches, system failures, hacking, ransomware, and a disrupted flow of financial records. Predictions for [...]