Article Roundup – Week Ending 10/06/17

XSolutions posts to social media almost on a daily basis. Readers of our blog and newsletter see only a small portion of the information we share. Below are articles from various sources and experts that we shared this past week: Source: Deloitte Breach Affected All Company Email, Admin Accounts Global accounting firm, Deloitte experienced a […]

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! 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 […]

Read Joe Jr.’s article, “Identity Theft is Big Business” in Commerce Magazine’s business blog, Free Thinking….

We are very happy and honored that Commerce Magazine, the Flagship Publication of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) has decided to publish Joe’s article. Click here to read the full article and learn how much your data is really worth to cyber-criminals and what you should do to protect yourself and […]

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 […]

Security Alert: HSBC Customers Targeted In Phishing Scams

XSolutions has learned that HSBC customers have been recently targeted by cyber-thieves in a rash of email Phishing scams. A recent post on Malwarebyte’s blog has identified at least four scams going around. The thieves embed infected links or attachments in targeted SPAM emails to the bank’s clients urging them to click on the link […]

5 Staggering Facts You Should Know

I recently came across an article on the Canadian Government website called “Phishing: How many take the bait?” Here’s some startling facts about this very lucrative crime: 1. 156 million Phishing emails are sent daily by cyber-criminals 2. About 16 million make it through ordinary SPAM filters 3. Of the 16 million that make it through, […]

Security Alert: Career Hackers Create “Training Tool” For Novice Criminals

Hardcore hackers have created an easy-to-use tool that even beginning criminals can use to jump-start their evil empires. The tool is called “Microsoft Word Intruder” or MWI for short and it is being sold on underground forums to novice hackers. MWI creates infected Rich Text Format (RTF) documents with payloads that exploit numerous vulnerabilities in […]

10 Critical Steps To Take To Protect Yourself From Malicious Emails

Introduction The cyber-criminal’s main tactic of spreading infectious payloads is spam. With the dawn of the Internet of Things (IoT) where every device is being connected to the internet, the spam problem is growing by leaps and bounds. Hackers are now able to penetrate the paltry cyber defenses of household appliances, internet-enabled TVs, baby monitors, […]

Get Rid of Spam

Introduction When people think of SPAM they recall the hundreds of daily emails for discount Viagra or other medications at unbelievable savings. Most think of them as annoying (which they are!) and dutifully block them, sending the annoyances to the junk folder only to get the same message again a day later. It seems that […]