Iranian Hacking Group Begins Targeting US Corporations and LinkedIn Users

The cyber war has begun… The U.S. and their allies have begun cyber strikes against the Iranians and its government. However, Iran isn’t going down without a fight. Considering a large hacking group originates from Iran, the Department of Homeland Security issued a public warning regarding an increase in Iranian hackers targeting public entities. Today, […]

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Another Day, Another Cyber Attack — or Four…

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Four more municipalities confirm being hit with ransomware… Georgia has once again been riddled with ransomware. This time, Henry County officials have confirmed their networks have been compromised by an unknown ransomware variant. Fortunately, the ransomware did not corrupt emergency or public safety systems. Although, state court, tax assessor and board of commissioners networks were […]

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Two Platforms Collaborate to Boost Password Security

Firefox & Have I Been Pwned Join Forces Firefox, one of the top desktop browsers, is partnering with Have I Been Pwned to boost password security.  The browser is enhancing its Firefox Monitor and Lockwise features to notify consumers if their login credentials stored within their browser have been compromised in breaches over the last […]

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The Epidemic Continues As Three More Ransomware Attacks Are Disclosed

Another day, another ransomware attack — in this case, there were three. Three more public entities have confirmed they have fallen victim to ransomware attacks over the last month. First, Tampa-based radio station WMNF reported they have lost archived data and prerecordings as a result of ransomware corrupting their server. They have sent the hardware […]

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Cyber Attack Leads to Potential Data Breach of 106,000 Patients

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Indiana Medical Facility Notifies 106k Patients of Cyber Attack The Evansville, Indiana medical facility, Talley Medical Surgical Eyecare Associates (TMSEA), is informing approximately 106,000 patients and staff their information may have been compromised as a result of a cyber attack that occurred on April 2019. After the ransomware was quarantined and systems were restored, an […]

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FTC Imposes the Largest Fine in Tech Firm History

The dust has settled, and so has the FTC. The Scandal For those who are unfamiliar, in 2018 Facebook found itself in quite the scandal with London’s election consultancy, Cambridge Analytica. It is believed personal data was harvested from approximately 87 million Facebook users and then supplied to Cambridge Analytica. They then, allegedly, used this […]

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New York’s Syracuse School Crippled by Ransomware

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Ransomware Corrupts Another NY School Syracuse School District has been offline for a week after an unknown ransomware variant corrupted its networks. Hackers have demanded a six-figure ransom amount; however, the district has yet to pay. However, if their insurance company gets its way, the school will pay the ransom demands before they continue to […]

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Cyber Attack Hits NYC College, Demanding $2M Ransom

Hackers Make 7 Figure Demand After Infecting Monroe College Another cyber attack has hit. This time the cyber criminals targeted Monroe College in New York City, and spiked ransom demands beyond their past six-figure amounts. After successfully infiltrating the college’s network, ransom demands were sent to school officials stating in order to get their files […]

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“Agent Smith” Corrupts Apps Within the Play Store, Impacting Millions

According to The Verge, a new malware variant, deemed Agent Smith, has been targeting Android devices by replacing portions of coding within legitimate apps with malicious coding. Fortunately, the malware doesn’t steal data from a user. Instead, it forces legitimate applications to display either more ads, or takes credit for the ads already being displayed. […]

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Microsoft Dropped the Ball and Didn’t Tell Anyone…

Microsoft Turns Off Registry Backups Without Warning Approximately eight months ago, Microsoft decided they were going to turn off the registry backups in Windows 10. Why? To decrease the registry footprint on the device. This may not be a major deal if Microsoft would have informed users. However, they did not. Instead, users would get […]

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The Cyber Security Insurance Conundrum

Businesses are facing cyber security threats on a daily basis, with no end in sight. Due to these growing threats, insurance companies began offering businesses cyber security insurance. Depending on the policy, it may help cover the costs of informing customers of breaches, restoring networks, replacing damaged devices, and even paying the ransom demands of […]

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The U.S. Government Makes an Aggressive Cyber Move

Every week I email our contributors reminding them to send their content suggestions for the PC Pitstop weekly newsletter. Typically I don’t read these until I begin drafting the newsletter either late Wednesday or Thursday morning. For some reason, I did it today. I almost wish I didn’t. Stu Sjouwerman from KnowBe4, a cyber security […]

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A Program Meant to Help, is Leaving Millions of Dell PCs Vulnerable

Security researchers confirm Dell’s SupportAssist software is vulnerable to cyber attack… Computer manufacturing giant, Dell, is facing some significant security issues with a new vulnerability recently discovered in their health-check utility tool, SupportAssist. The security gap is found within PC-Doctor, a software used within Dell’s SupportAssist program. This flaw is leaving millions of Dell users […]

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36% of Hotel Business Leaders Claim Breaches Are “No Big Deal”

You read that right. One in three business leaders in the hotel industry categorized breaches as “no big deal” or “blown out of proportion”. Perhaps this mentality would be okay if a business, hotel or not, didn’t store their customer’s personal or financial data. However, that is not feasible for any business. At the time […]

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Being Reactive is Foolish When Prevention is Possible

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If there was an immunization for cancer, would you get it? Of course, you would. It makes sense to focus on prevention when it is possible. Unfortunately, this immunization doesn’t exist. What does this have to do with cyber security? PC Matic CEO, Rob Cheng, has shared his views of ransomware and believes it is […]

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U.S. Cyber Command Inserts Malicious Code in Russian Power Grid

U.S. Takes Proactive Measure to Thwart Russian Attacks The U.S. Cyber Command is attempting to minimize the realization of Russian cyber attacks by taking a preemptive strike against Russian power grids and other targets. Due to the sensitivity on the matter, very few details are being released. But here’s what we do know. The U.S. […]

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20+ Million Individuals Impacted by Massive Data Breach

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Hackers Breach Networks of One of the Largest Medical Collection Agencies in the U.S. The American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA) collects delinquent funds from patients of major health corporations like Quest Diagnostics, LabCorp, BioReference Laboratories and more. As part of their collection efforts, the company houses patient files for millions of U.S. patients. Unfortunately, their […]

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