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2018’s Most Active Ransomware

On October 2nd, an updated version of a highly vicious strain of ransomware was released. This updated version of GandCrab v5 has caught the attention of many researchers and experts- and rightfully so. This particular strain of ransomware has been deemed as the most prolific ransomware of 2018. The first attack of GandCrab was in [...]

October 9th, 2018|Categories: Ransomware, Security|Tags: , , |

ALERT: New Ransomware Strain Targeting Very Specific Users

A new strain of Ransomware called "Defray" is spreading it's way around. This is different in how it is being targeted and distributed. The distribution of Defray has several notable characteristics: •Defray is currently being spread via Microsoft Word document attachments in email •The campaigns are as small as several messages each •The lures are [...]

Security ALERT: New Ransomware Strain Attacking

Many technical and traditional news outlets have been reporting a widespread global outbreak of a new strain of an old ransomware virus that is rapidly spreading. For more information on the specifics see the links below. What should you do? 1. Immediately notify your staff, friends and family to take extra precautions when looking at [...]

August 17th, 2017|Categories: Phishing, Ransomware, Social Engineering|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: , , , |

Fake Netflix App is Actually Ransomware

Kaspersky warned on their blog: "People are downloading a new app, looking to get free access to Netflix accounts. What they’re actually getting is a malware strain called Netix that encrypts users’ data and demands $100 in bitcoins to unlock their files. Like the folks at KnowBe4.com say - "Do not let social engineering tricks [...]

February 8th, 2017|Categories: Ransomware, 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 [...]