Lessons from the 2019 Baltimore Ransomware Attack

Lessons from the 2019 Baltimore Ransomware Attack

On May 7, various networks operated by the City of Baltimore were subject to a ransomware attack that resulted in a loss of more than $18 million. Municipal services in this large American metropolis were substantially crippled by the attack over several weeks; the City Council ordered employees to set up temporary Gmail accounts, but…

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Information Security Lessons From the Marriott Data Breach

Information Security Lessons From the Marriott Data Breach

In December 2018, news about a massive data breach of networks used by Marriott International prompted United States Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to comment on the matter. In response to a question presented by financial news network CNBC about the Marriott incident, which compromised the personal information of up to 500 million hotel guests…

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Understanding the Cyber Kill Chain Used by Hackers

Understanding the Cyber Kill Chain Used by Hackers

Information security researchers who study the actions and behavior of sophisticated hackers use the term “cyber kill chain” to describe some of the strategies used in modern cybercrime. To a certain extent, the cyber kill chain is similar to strategies used by military units and career thieves who take pride on pulling off complex heights.…

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New Malware Alert for High Desert Business Owners

New Malware Alert for High Desert Business Owners

Mylobot is the name given to a new malware strain that appears to be targeting enterprise servers across the United States. According to information security firm Deep Instinct, Mylobot has the characteristics of malicious code that could be used to infect computers for the purpose of recruiting them into a botnet; further intentions by the…

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What You Should Know About the VPNFilter Router Malware

What You Should Know About the VPNFilter Router Malware

According to a recent advisory published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, small business owners in the High Desert should reboot their routers to minimize their exposure to a new cyber threat. What Businesses Are at Risk for Unsecure Data? The routers affected by VPNFilter include those manufactured by popular brands such as NETGEAR and…

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Malware is a Persistent Threat in the Cloud

Malware is a Persistent Threat in the Cloud

A report about the state of enterprise computing presented during the recent RSA Conference on digital security revealed a sobering statistic: a quarter of all American businesses using public cloud solutions have suffered data breaches. According to McAfee, a respected name in network security, data theft has affected one out of every four companies that…

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New Wave of Ransomware Attacks Expected

New Wave of Ransomware Attacks Expected

In the world of information security and cybercrime, hackers are known to chase certain trends. In the mid-1990s, cyber vandalism and defacing websites were actions that hackers engaged in for the purpose of making a name for themselves in the underground. Cracking commercial software and distributing pirated copies gained popularity in the early part of…

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2018 Will Be The Year of Malware

2018 Will Be The “Year of Malware”

Providing forecasts of the challenges that lie ahead in the information security landscape has become a New Year’s tradition for experts who work in this field. Over the last few years, Israel has become known as a leading nation in terms of cybersecurity research, and one of the most worrisome forecasts was recently issued by…

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When Subtitles Attack New Cyber Risk in the High Desert

When Subtitles Attack: New Cyber Risk in the High Desert

If you own a business in Victorville, Apple Valley, Hesperia, or elsewhere in the High Desert, you should know that web browsing by your staff is among the most common causes of virus infections, data breaches, and compromised networks. Firewalls and security software can only do so much to keep business networks safe; to prevent…

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Perspective on the WannaCry Ransomware Attacks

Perspective on the WannaCry Ransomware Attacks

In May 2017, the world of information security was rocked by a massive ransomware attack spreading across global networks and impacting critical data infrastructures such as the IT systems of public health departments and mass transportation agencies. Lessons for Local High Desert Businesses There are many aspects of the WannaCry attack that business owners in…

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