Malware Evolves To Dangerous Levels

Criminals are an adaptable bunch. Now that most people know not to enable macros and avoid Microsoft Word attachments, hackers came up with new ways that don’t require macros to execute downloads. The first is a malware called “Zusy” that is infecting users with compromised PowerPoint attachments that automatically downloads an executable banking trojan using […]

Security Alert! Locky Reemerges—Dangerous As Ever

Most of us breathed a sigh of relief thinking that the notorious Locky ransomware virus, which first made its debut in February 2016,  had run its course. Not so! This past week, Locky reemerged with a slight but devious twist—the same nasty virus but with a different delivery mechanism. Previously, Locky was sent to victims via […]

35 Common Sense Actions To Increase Home And Office Security

Security isn’t all that complicated. There are many things you can do to stay safe. Below are 35 actions you can take to protect yourself at home and in the office. Implement as many as you can. Use Strong, complex Passwords Businesses should have a written, enforceable Password Security Policy in place Use a password […]

A Disaster Averted—Our Battle With Cryptolocker

Introduction Recently, we received a call from a client reporting that his “PC was acting weird”. Our customer was having trouble opening files and the ones he was able to access appeared to be gibberish. He was going to a meeting and asked us to look into it while he was away. Lucky he called, […]

CryptoWall 4.0 makes Its Debut—More Dangerous Than Ever

Cyber-criminals have made the CryptoLocker family of ransomware into a major underground profit center.  An article on the Heimdal Security blog discusses at length the new CryptoLocker variant—CryptoWall 4.0 that is even more dangerous and virtually undetectable than its sibling, CryptoWall 3.0. Like CryptoLocker, CryptoWall 4.0 encrypts your data but with an added twist—it also […]

Security Alert: Bank Info Stealing SPAM Email Campaign Underway

Security website, Heimdal Security has learned about a new criminal email campaign targeting random email addresses with infected attachments designed to steal banking and financial information from its victims. Using the names of trusted companies, criminals attempt to gain the confidence of victims, urging them to open and review a scanned document about a piece […]

Android Malware Disguised As Security Apps

Every day, I review security announcements on the internet, and what I’m seeing lately is a lot of alerts for fake Android apps. A simple Google search gives me a disturbing 145,000 results. The latest threat that I picked up and passed on to my social media connections is called SandroRat. SandroRat is a variant […]

Is Anti-Virus Software Necessary?

This question seems to come up every so often, usually from people whose systems were recently infected by the latest exploit. They feel that since they were infected even though they had an anti-virus (AV) program on their PC, the AV was not helping them and therefore not necessary. They are wrong. It is not reasonable […]

XSolutions Happenings – December 2011

Starting in 2012, all of our Managed Services customers will be automatically protected, absolutely free, by one of the most comprehensive anti-malware packages on the Market — Malwarebytes Pro. XSolutions is continually working behind the scenes to provide you with valuable services that keep your IT assets working at peak efficiency while lowering overall costs. One important […]