Massive Ransomware Attack Underway

Barracuda researchers confirmed that a massive ransomware attack is presently underway. Over 20 million SPAM emails with infected attachments carrying a Locky variant have been sent so far and there are no signs that it is slowing down. Researchers have identified the sources of the attack as coming from Vietnam, India, Columbia, Turkey and Greece. […]

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 […]

Security Alert: New IRS/FBI Ransomware Scam

A new ransomware phishing scam is going around using IRS and FBI emblems to trick unsuspecting victims into clicking infected links that when clicked will encrypt your files and hold your data for ransom. Remember, the IRS does not email, send text messages nor will they contact you through social media to discuss tax issues. […]

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 […]

WanaCry Ransomware Hackers Threaten More Chaos

A KnowBe4’s blog post yesterday disclosed that the hacking group called Shadow Brokers, responsible for leaking the NSA’s zero-day exploit resulting in the infamous WanaCry Ransomware global attack, threatened to release even more NSA exploits that could potentially cause more damage. Shadow Brokers announced that starting next month, they will make more stolen NSA-weaponized bugs available on […]

Ransomware – Information Held Hostage

On  May 12, 2017, I attended a great seminar, “Information Held Hostage: Protecting Your data From Ransomware and Phishing”, held by the Connecticut Technology Council and hosted by Datto, the world leader in Business Continuity solutions. The featured speaker was Arthur House, Connecticut’s Chief Cybersecurity Officer. Arthur was joined by panelists: Jane Domboski, FBI Supervisory […]

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 […]

ALERT: New Malware Campaign With A 90% Success Rate

Researchers have discovered a brand new, sophisticated spear phishing campaign that fools 90% of their targets into opening infected attachments or visiting spoofed websites. Once a target takes action, the malware either steals data, credentials or both. These hackers are very savvy—diligently researching targets, tailoring messages specifically to them and adding personalized information to fool […]