North Carolina County Loses $1.7M in Email Scam

Cabarrus County of North Carolina Suffers a Massive Financial Loss The North Carolina county of Cabarrus, confirmed they were fooled by scammers in December 2018, sending them $2.5 million dollars. The crooks were very targeted and thorough with their attack, using social engineering to pose as Branch and Associates. Branch and Associates is a general […]

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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 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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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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Baltimore Attack Leads to Nationwide Emphasis – On The Wrong Thing…

One would have thought the ransomware attack that riddled the city of Atlanta would have done it. But it didn’t. Or maybe the attacks that have hit U.S. airports, county governments, or major manufacturers. But again, it didn’t. However, the point seems to be getting across now. Better late than never I suppose. Memphis Takes […]

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Microsoft Patches Major Remote Access Security Hole

It’s Bad Enough, Microsoft Issued Patches for Legacy Systems Microsoft has recently released a critical update addressing a significant security hole found within their Remote Desktop Services. The security gap impacts multiple Windows versions, leaving Microsoft with no choice but to offer patches for all impacted operating systems, including legacy systems. Since patches are rarely […]

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Russian Hacking Group Claims to Breach Three AV Companies

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This is Bad. Really, Really Bad I know what you’re thinking. That I am simply being overly sensational to create a sense of fear. But, you’re wrong. What happened is not only bad, but really, really bad. The Russian hacking group called Fxmsp is claiming to have hacked three of the most popular security solutions. […]

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“I Do Not Want The Information About Ransomware Being Made Public…”

Potter County Riddled with Ransomware An unknown ransomware variant has infiltrated the IT systems of Potter County, Texas. The cyber attack has been impacting county networks for approximately the last two weeks. The details released to the public regarding this cyber attack have been minimal, and now we know why. Potter County Judge Nancy Tanner […]

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Cybercrime Caused $2.7 in Total Losses in 2018

FBI Report Confirms Cybercrime Losses Reach $2.7 Billion The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) published its 2018 Internet Crime Report showing cybercrime was behind $2.7 billion in total losses during 2018. Of that, $1.2 billion were a result of wire transfers resulting from compromised email accounts, both at a business and individual basis. According […]

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Employer Networks Left Exposed Due to Employee’s Poor Cyber Security Hygiene

Survey Confirms People Aren’t Practicing Good Cyber Security – And It’s Impacting Their Employers… A recent study, conducted by PC Matic, dove into the password and cyber security hygiene of 5,000 computer users. The results have been proven concerning, primarily for businesses. Users with poor cyber security hygiene often bring these negative habits to work […]

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Triton Threat Group Reappears in Second Critical Infrastructure Facility

Triton Wormed Their Way Into Another Critical Infrastructure, and Possibly Many More… The advanced hacker group, Triton, was responsible for an attack on a Saudi petrochemical plant in 2017.  The attack would have been successful in destroying the facility, except there was a bug in Triton malware’s coding. Now, years later, researchers have confirmed finding […]

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Latest Malware Variant, Deemed Baldr, is Invisible to Users…

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Advanced Malware, Baldr, Targets Key Locations to Extract Vital Data An advanced malware variant designed to steal information, deemed Baldr, is being sold on various cybercrime forums on the dark web.  The malicious software is sold for a mere $150, and appears to be carefully crafted.  Based on the research completed to date, the creators […]

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Researchers Exploit Security Gaps in Medical Imaging Devices

In an attempt to draw attention to the security gaps found in many medical imaging devices, like CT or MRI machines, Israeli researchers have developed a malware specifically designed to exploit the vulnerability. The Malware Variant  The malware they created would allow cyber criminals to add realistic, malignant-seeming growths to imaging scans before radiologists and doctors examine […]

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New York’s State Capital Falls Victim to Ransomware

Another Public Municipality Has Fallen Victim to Ransomware – This Time, the City of Albany An unknown ransomware variant infected the city offices of New York’s state capital, the City of Albany.  Although, employees were still expected to arrive to work Monday morning, city offices did not open until 12 p.m. EST.  The city’s IT […]

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Google Advises Windows 7 Users to Update Their Systems ASAP

Chrome Users Exposed to Two Zero-Day Attacks, One of Which Remains Unresolved for Windows 7 Users It should be no secret that Microsoft will be ending their support for the Windows 7 operating system in January of 2020. However, due to the recent exploitation of two zero-day vulnerabilities within the Chrome browser, one of which […]

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57% of Malware Attacks Can’t Be Stopped By Traditional AV Solutions

Most Security Solutions Fail to Protect Against a Majority of Malware Attacks A recent study found 57% of malware attacks were being spread through fileless scripting agents, like PowerShell. This generates a major problem for organizations that rely on traditional antivirus solutions to thwart malware attacks. Most security solutions only scan the executable files for […]

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Hackers Demand Millions from MSP After Infecting Networks with Ransomware

MSP Falls Victim to Ransomware, Infecting Thousands of Customer Networks An unknown hacking group recently targeted a U.S. managed service provider (MSP) with ransomware.  This led to thousands of their customers getting infected with malicious software, totaling approximately 2,000 different networks.  After the ransomware executed, hackers demanded over $2 million to restore the encrypted files.  […]

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