Security Alert: 23 Million Bogus Emails Spreading Ransomware

In just 24 hours, over 23 million phishing emails carrying the Locky Ransomware virus have been distributed in one of the largest malicious campaigns of the year. The emails have utilized subject lines like: please print documents photo images scans pictures The emails come with an attachment, this time it’s a ZIP file containing VBS […]

To A Hacker—You’re Not Important But Your Data Is!

Your information is everywhere—on your personal computer’s hard drive, shopping sites, social media sites, online services you’ve signed up for, etc. How many online forms have you filled out in the past three months? Probably more than you can remember. Where do you think all this information goes? To corporate and Government databases, that’s where. […]

Criminals Attack On A Global Scale

As you’ve undoubtedly heard, a second global ransomware attack is underway affecting the countries of Russia, Ukraine, Europe and the United States so far. Here are some facts about the latest attack: Attackers are using multiple attack vectors to spread the virus, such as: ETERNALBLUE, ETERNALROMANCE, and the PsExec command line utility. The ransomware, known […]

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 […]

Think it can’t happen to you?

Many individuals simply operate on the assumption that no one is interested in what they have or their company is too small for criminals to bother with. This is called security through obscurity. If you operate under this assumption—you are wrong. You are vulnerable if you: Keep logins (user names & passwords), documents, emails, personal […]

ALERT: NYS Department of Finance Issues A Warning

The New York State Department of Finance recently sent an alert warning companies that scammers, posing as company executives are contacting the Payroll and/or HR departments of targeted companies requesting lists of employees and their personal information. This is not a new scam but apparently it is an effective one and Government officials have seen a resurgence recently. […]

Locky Ransomware Diguises Itself Again

Locky ransomware keeps evolving in an effort to live on!  Security firm, Bitdefender through its blog, Hot For Security, reports an uptick in SPAM attacks where malicious emails carrying infected attachments warn users of suspicious money movements from bank accounts, credit card suspensions, etc. Once the target clicks on the attachment, they are infected with […]

What The Yahoo Hack Can Teach Us

The Problem By now you’ve undoubtedly heard about the massive hack at Yahoo in which over 500 million account details were stolen back in 2014. The information stolen may have included: names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, passwords and unencrypted security questions and answers. Unfortunately, many people think, “It’s only my email address, […]

Which Backup Is Better For Your Business?

Introduction Whenever I get into a discussion about which type of backup is better, I usually encounter those that think having only local backup is the way to go, while others tout the benefits of the cloud. Both camps are half right. Local backup Local backup works well for quick restores because the device is […]

Why You Should Create A Threat Matrix For Your Business Now!

Introduction Many small businesses just don’t believe that Business Continuity planning is something they should waste time on. Many Business Owners feel that they can ride out any situation and that they’ll be up and running in no time. What many don’t realize is how much data they have accumulated over the years and how […]