Security

Scam of the Week: Fake iCloud Emails “Phish” For Your Personal Info

By at 17 April, 2017, 9:22 am

According to the good folks over at KnowBe4.com: The bad guys are targeting Apple users with emails that appear to be coming from Apple and aim to trick unsuspecting users into handing over their personal information.

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Scam of the Week – Insidious New IRS Social Engineering Attack

By at 10 October, 2016, 10:00 am

There is an insidious new IRS scam doing the rounds. They send you a phony IRS CP 2000 form and claim the income reported on your tax return does not match the income reported by your employer. This is meant to get you worried. To confuse you further, the bad guys claim this has something to do with the Affordable Care Act.

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The one site about Ransomware you need to check out

By at 5 August, 2016, 1:05 pm

Ransomware. It’s what keeps me awake at night as a CIO and technologist. Also known as crpytoware, these malicious tools encrypt your data, delete or disable the ability to use built-in tools in your operating system to roll back to prior versions and then charge you money to provide you with a decryption key. And they just keep getting more and more sophisticated, with some even providing so called “help desks” to assist you in paying the ransom and decrypting your files….EVERYONE. Yes, I mean everyone! that deals with computers needs to have a basic understanding of ransomware.……

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Locky Ransomware Infection is hitting end users!

By at 19 February, 2016, 4:05 pm

There is a nasty new ransomware infection called Locky that is running rampant currently. This malicious infection is being transmitted by Word documents attached to an email purporting to be an invoice. Check out the following articles and share them with your laweyrs and staff to advise them as to how this is being targeted and to avoid opening one of these emails. The articles include samples of the message and other important information.

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Authorities capture Cryptolocker passwords – if you’ve been hit you need to read this story.

By at 6 August, 2014, 10:30 am

Since late 2013 an insidious program that encrypts a users computer and then holds it for ransom unless the victim pays Hundreds of dollars by Bitcoin has been spreading throughout the globe. Cryptolocker and its variants have become the bane of computers users worlwide.Once infected, users had 72 hours to pay the ransom or the price went up; however, even paying the ransom was no guarantee of getting a valid decryption key. The only other option that worked was to restore from a protected backup, which too many people didn’t have. BBC news is reporting in its story Cryptolocker victims to get files back for free that security experts were able to infiltrate and capture the database of victims. If you are afflicted with Cryptolocker it may now be possible to get the decryption key needed to restore their files according to this story.

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