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 […]

Anatomy Of A CEO-Wire Fraud Attack

CEO-Wire Fraud is a dangerous Social Engineering attack that cost businesses billions in losses. A good Social Engineer will study potential victims sometimes for months before attacking and craft convincing spoofed emails, targeting accounting personnel with wire transfer responsibilities. Recently, one of our best clients experienced such an attack and they graciously allowed us to use […]

9 Online Shopping Security Tips To Keep You Safe

  Statistics show that 51% of Americans prefer to shop online and that percentage is growing rapidly. Cyber-thieves are just waiting to steal your money, information and identity. But, taking common-sense precautions will go a long way to keeping you safe:   Never use a debit card. If a hacker gets your information, they’ll be […]

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 […]

Security Alert: Karma Ransomware Hides In SW Downloads

  Security blog, Graham Cluley posted yesterday that researchers discovered that Karma ransomware is piggybacking on free internet downloads. Once downloaded onto your PC, Karma checks to see if it is running on a virtual machine. If it is, it terminates itself but if it detects that it is running on a physical machine it […]

Security Alert: Shape-shifting Malware Infects Thousands

BAE Systems warns that a modified strain of the Qbot malware has already infected over 54,000 PCs worldwide with 85% of infections occurring in the U.S. The modified version is network-aware and designed to harvest credentials from a target’s computer systems. Here are the stats: Qbot uses a “domain generation algorithm” that gives it the […]

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 […]

Cryptolocker Is Alive And Well In Post Office Email Scams

Heimdal Security put out a recent blog about the ongoing Cryptolocker campaign that has spread worldwide to the United States, the UK, Australia, and now Denmark. Apparently, there’s no stopping this lucrative criminal enterprise. Most infections are precipitated by a spammed email often spoofing a well know and trusted name, such as the Post Office, […]