Ransomware Gangs Are Emailing Victims, But What Does That Actually Achieve?

Did You Hear? Maybe you haven’t read it, but on Monday, Krebs on Security reported that ransomware victims are receiving emails from the hackers. Let’s make sure we define “victims” in this sense. The people receiving the emails aren’t the companies that have been breached. Instead, the hackers are reaching out to the individuals whose …

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Stop Paying Scammers

It seems like scams are everywhere. From pop-ups on websites to texts on your phone, scams come in every form. But you don’t have to be a victim. We’ve given you helpful tips before for how to avoid being a victim of a phishing emails. They’re a great guideline for other forms of scams. Stop …

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Malware, ransomware and viruses infecting schools K-12.

Florida School District Hit With Outrageous Ransom Demands

Broward County Public Schools was hit with possibly the largest ransom demand to date on a school system. The hackers demanded a $40 million payday to not release student and teacher information. District officials said they are confident they caught the breach in time. They say no information was accessed. In a statement released Wednesday …

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Rob Cheng Discusses Cybersecurity Careers and More

Creating Curriculum for HGTC Rob Cheng, PC Matic’s enigmatic CEO, sat down again with Liz Calloway today. First, they discussed the Horry-Georgetown Technical College’s new cyber certification program. Rob is particularly excited about the jump into healthcare IT focused cybersecurity. It’s long overdue. Healthcare is one of the most vulnerable cybersecurity landscapes. As we know, …

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PC Matic’s Corey Munson Joins Julian Lee to Talk About Cybersecurity

Part of the Prevention PC Matic’s Corey Munson joined eChannelNews’ Julian Lee yesterday for a chat about the state of cybersecurity. If you read the guest post by retired FBI Cybercrimes agent Scott Augenbaum, you’ll know he firmly believes that 90% of cyberattacks can be prevented. In the beginning of Julian and Corey’s chat, they …

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Cybersecurity Tips - Expert Scott Augenbaum offers Cyber Safety Advice

Cybercrime…. Are You Prepared or Will You Be The Next Victim?

Guest post By Scott Augenbaum (Retired FBI) The Secret to Cybersecurity: A Simple Plan to Protect Your Family and Business from Cybercrime By Scott Augenbaum  Before You Open Your Next E-mail……Read This! During my 30-year career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), I led investigations dealing with Cybercrime.  There was one thing that seemed …

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Acer Hit With Largest Ransom Demand In History

No Official Word Acer manufactures computers. Laptops, desktops, and monitors are what they’re commonly known for. It seems this past week, however, they’ve been concentrating on someone else’s technology. On March 18th, the Taiwanese tech giant was hit with REvil ransomware. The ransomware gang posted several images of what they claimed were stolen Acer financial …

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App Security

It’s Not All About Malware We’ve talked before about the ability malware has to infect your phone. But it’s not always about malware. Malware, for reference, means any software with malicious intent. This does include ransomware, but also includes code with the ability to record keystrokes or simply saddle you with something that breaks your …

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9-1-1 Dispatch Center Attacked: Rob Cheng Speaks Out

The Attack Tuesday evening, the Tri-County Public Safety Network operating in Albany, Saratoga, and Rensselaer counties were hacked. Reports mention the attack happened around 9:30pm and no services in Albany county were disrupted. Officials worked through the night with vendors and the state Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber Incident Response Team to mitigate the impacts, …

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News Alert from PC Matic

FBI Warns of PYSA Ransomware Attacks on Education

The FBI released a TLP:WHITE Flash alerting of an increased awareness of PYSA ransomware attacks on educational institutions in the US and the UK. In the report, they show examples of the characteristics of the compromise and domains associated. Furthermore, the FBI urges victims to not pay the ransomware demands as the money will only …

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Cyber Risks - users were still running vulnerable versions of Exchange Server posing a Cybersecurity threat by not updating to patched versions..

A Simple Guide to the Microsoft Exchange 0-day Vulnerabilities

Earlier in March Microsoft disclosed several 0-day vulnerabilities within Microsoft Exchange that were actively being exploited by hacking groups. We now have more details about the versions affected and what patches are available for them. Before we go further if you’re not running an on-prem version of Microsoft Exchange then you can probably stop reading …

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PC Matic Helps Support Cybersecurity Research for Schools

Doug Levin and the State of K-12 Cybersecurity In 2017, Doug Levin of EdTech Strategies launched the K-12 Cyber Incident Map. The comprehensive map details known cyber incidents that happen across the country at different educational institutions. But Doug’s research hasn’t stopped there. Backed by partners and donors, Doug releases a state-of-the-union-esque yearly report on …

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Ransomware Payouts Jumped More Than 300% in 2020

Money, Money, Money Ransomware is profitable, but just how much? Initial reports for 2020 are in and the payday was huge. BankInfoSecurity.com reported that there was about “370 million in known 2020 ransomware profits – via ransoms that got paid – which represents a 336% increase over known 2019 earnings…” These numbers are only reflecting what …

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