March 23, 2018
The City of Atlanta falls victim to a ransomware attack
Once again, cyber attackers are proving no one is safe from a ransomware attack. This time, it’s the City of Atlanta that has fallen victim. So, what do we know? Experts suggest Atlanta may have been infected by a variant of SamSam ransomware; the same family deployed against governments and hospitals since 2015. In this...

Once again, cyber attackers are proving no one is safe from a ransomware attack. This time, it’s the City of Atlanta that has fallen victim. So, what do we know? Experts suggest Atlanta may have been infected by a variant of SamSam ransomware; the same family deployed against governments and hospitals since 2015. In this…

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January 24, 2018
What is SamSam ransomware & how might it threaten your business?
Like a terrible foot fungus, and not nearly as pleasant, SamSam ransomware just won’t go away. This customized ransomware strain first entered the scene in 2016 and, today, it’s powering the types of targeted cyber attacks that should give all of us pause—especially those in the healthcare industry. Just consider this: In the past three...

Like a terrible foot fungus, and not nearly as pleasant, SamSam ransomware just won’t go away. This customized ransomware strain first entered the scene in 2016 and, today, it’s powering the types of targeted cyber attacks that should give all of us pause—especially those in the healthcare industry. Just consider this: In the past three…

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October 6, 2017
Former Equifax CEO’s testimony reveals failures behind massive data security breach
Looking for a real-world example that underscores the critical importance of patching software? Equifax is it. According to the congressional testimony of former Equifax CEO, Richard F. Smith, a single individual within the company’s IT department failed to communicate an Apache Struts upgrade request—an upgrade that otherwise would have prevented the massive data breach. Smith...

Looking for a real-world example that underscores the critical importance of patching software? Equifax is it. According to the congressional testimony of former Equifax CEO, Richard F. Smith, a single individual within the company’s IT department failed to communicate an Apache Struts upgrade request—an upgrade that otherwise would have prevented the massive data breach. Smith…

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September 13, 2017
2017 ransomware attacks that rocked IT departments—and we’ve still got 4 months to go
When we roll into the new year and the pundits’ 2017 Ransomware Attacks-themed articles start hitting our newsfeeds, what will we remember? Who’s to say for certain what the future holds, but one thing’s for sure — we’ll be talking about the summer of cyber crime. It was a summer when national and international news...

When we roll into the new year and the pundits’ 2017 Ransomware Attacks-themed articles start hitting our newsfeeds, what will we remember? Who’s to say for certain what the future holds, but one thing’s for sure — we’ll be talking about the summer of cyber crime. It was a summer when national and international news…

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August 30, 2017
Bitpaymer variant proves malware lightning strikes twice
The old saying “lightning doesn’t strike in the same place twice” doesn’t hold true when it comes to malware. Don’t believe us? Just ask the U.K.’s National Health Service. As you might recall, the NHS was forced to cancel appointments and surgeries in May, when it fell victim to WannaCry; a massive ransomware infection that...

The old saying “lightning doesn’t strike in the same place twice” doesn’t hold true when it comes to malware. Don’t believe us? Just ask the U.K.’s National Health Service. As you might recall, the NHS was forced to cancel appointments and surgeries in May, when it fell victim to WannaCry; a massive ransomware infection that…

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August 18, 2017
Ransomware responsible for a $10M Erie County Medical Center loss
It’s not hyperbole to suggest the consequences of encrypted medical systems and data can be life and death—which is precisely why ransomware attackers target healthcare systems, like Erie County Medical Center. They’re banking on the pressure they face to protect their patients will result in a quick payday. So, how did ECMC respond? And, what...

It’s not hyperbole to suggest the consequences of encrypted medical systems and data can be life and death—which is precisely why ransomware attackers target healthcare systems, like Erie County Medical Center. They’re banking on the pressure they face to protect their patients will result in a quick payday. So, how did ECMC respond? And, what…

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