Does Ransomware Scare You?

Did you ever stop to think about one of the other 49 million new strains of malware that can take down your system with a single click? Most businesses cannot afford to be down for hours or days at a time due to a vicious virus or merciless malware. While anti-virus software is good and considered […]

Locky Ransomware Pushed To Millions of Victims

Trustwave, a respected cyber-security firm has announced on its SpiderLab blog that it has detected upwards of 4 million SPAM emails in the last 7 days. These emails carry an infected attachment that when clicked, will download the Locky Ransomware virus. ​The emails attempt to trick victims into opening attachments to supposedly view invoices. Once […]

Small Isn’t Invisible

Introduction It’s been a long month. In February, we battled two ransomware attacks. One client was attacked by Cryptolocker; the other by a new ransomware variant called Locky. We also saw a rash of other malware infections that were no less concerning due to the potential damage they can cause. In all cases, SPAM was […]

The Top 3 Threats You Need To Watch Out For

Introduction 2016 will see an uptick in cyber-assaults on businesses. This is the opinion of Morgan Stanley’s Chief Information Officer, Matthew Chung, speaking at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s annual conference in Washington. Mr. Chung’s comments were summarized in an excellent post in ThinkAdvisor. Click here is read the original post. Three threats […]

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, […]

Webinar – 5 Keys to Creating a Disaster Recovery Plan for SMBs

Every year, disasters strike businesses all over the world. These disasters come in many forms, from natural (hurricanes, blizzards) to virtual (hackers, CryptoLocker) to unavoidable (human error, hardware failure). So what can you do to prepare your business for the inevitable? XSolutions has partnered with Datto and disaster recovery expert, Donna R. Childs, for a […]

The Ever-Evolving Threat

Introduction 2015 is almost over and our computer systems are not only less safe from the criminal underworld, but the hackers appear to be winning, putting the cyber security industry on high alert! My own experience shows that when I update my anti-malware programs, a voluminous number of definitions are added on a daily basis. […]

Security Alert: New Ransomware Ups The Ante

Malwarebytes’ blog reports that a new Ransomware variant, attacking poorly secured web servers, is demanding $999 to liberate compromised sites. The hackers are obviously located in Russia or a nearby country since they’re offering to unlock attacked websites for free if the victim lives in the region. The best protection against ransomware is having a […]

How To save Your Business from Ransomware

Introduction Ransomware is alive and well in cyberspace. In fact, the Cryptolocker family of ransomware is a multi-billion dollar underground business. Do you know that crime syndicates have created a Crime-as-a-Service (CaaS) industry that distributes malware services to wannabe criminals that come complete with dashboards to track infection rates as well as full technical support! […]

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 […]