What You Should Know About “Stalkerware”

What You Should Know About “Stalkerware”

Similar to fashion, music and political sentiment, cybercrime tends to follow certain trends. When widespread computer virus infections were first reported in the mid-1980s, hackers were mostly interested in replicating their malware creations as much as possible; in many cases, the malicious code of this era was not even very harmful. Cyber vandalism and boot…

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Can a Computer Virus Become Smarter

Can a Computer Virus Become Smarter?

Malicious software, also known as malware, has become as ubiquitous as the computing devices that we use on a daily basis. There is no question that malware tends to be as sophisticated as its intended targets, but security researchers are now concerned about a new breed of malware that could attack smart software such as…

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Detecting Keyloggers and Espionage Software

Detecting Keyloggers and Espionage Software

Did you know that there is a thriving industry that caters to people who enjoy surreptitiously spying on others? Spy shops that sell telescopes, hidden cameras, voice recorders, and other surveillance devices tend to do brisk business, and there is also a software side to this industry. What Can Spying Software Do? Spy software, not…

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Why Cybercrime Groups Become More Active During the Holidays

Why Cybercrime Groups Become More Active During the Holidays

Less than two weeks before Christmas, Mayor LaToya Cantrell of New Orleans declared a state of emergency after she was informed of a major cyberattack on the city’s networks. Following the advice of IT security managers, Mayor Cantrell ordered an immediate shutdown of municipal data centers, servers, hybrid cloud networks, and even internet-connected client devices.…

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Real-World Network Security Testing for Business Owners

Real-World Network Security Testing for Business Owners

The fourth and final season of “Mr. Robot,” the gritty techno-thriller series broadcast on the USA cable television network, will come to an end in the next few months, and it will likely be remembered for its highly realistic portrayal of cybercrime. The production team behind “Mr. Robot” insisted on making hacking scenes, which ranged…

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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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