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Equifax Data Breach: More Questions Than Answers

Considering Equifax is one of the largest credit reporting agencies whose sole business relies on both credibility of data and securely handling the sensitive data of millions of consumers, it is fair to assume that they have the strongest security defenses in place at all times.

Unfortunately, that is not the case. There are no words to describe the sheer negligence and lack of accountability we are witnessing. Equifax has compromised personal data of 143 million Americans. With this data, people could be at risk of identity theft
for the rest of their lives.

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Why SMBs Are The Perfect Target For Hackers

For many years, small businesses were an unlikely target for a sophisticated cyber attack. Having a relatively unknown brand and fewer financial resources worked in your favor to deter hackers.

That has now changed. Hackers have shifted their focus due to the strong security defenses larger companies have acquired, which make it difficult for them to penetrate systems. As
a result, they are now targeting the most vulnerable companies – SMBs.

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Amazon Data Safety Concern–IT Error Expose Hundreds Of Millions Of Users’ Data

In the wake of the devastating WannaCry and NotPetya ransomware attacks, it’s hard to imagine anymore negligence in the IT world.

But, just a few short weeks later, security researchers found mis-configured servers and bad defaults, coupled with simple IT errors that exposed hundreds of millions of users’ personal information.

Where did they find this information? Amazon. Yes, Amazon – the web service known for securely loading, storing, and moving large amounts of data.

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Losses From Cyber Crime Skyrocket

Cyber crime has become a fast-growing threat and surveys show that companies are not adapting their risk assessments and control frameworks fast enough.

It is crucial that we acknowledge the extent to which this threat can grow. The more connected your business infrastructure gets, the more at-risk your business becomes.

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Inside The Hunt For Russia’s Most Notorious Hacker

Inside the Hunt for Russia’s Most Notorious Hacker reads like a spy novel – because in many ways it is.

It details an FBI agents efforts to hunt down and disable the most effective cyber crime rings of our time and highlights the battle between authorities and researchers against a seasoned and experience gang of hackers who used their skills to bilk businesses out of hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Ransomware Attack Pushes Fake Font Update On Google Chrome Users

There is a tricky new attempt by hackers to trick users into downloading ransomware onto their computers. Unsuspecting users are shown what appears to be a Google Chrome popup prompting the user to install a new font.

The hackers are first corrupting a website to lay a trap for users.  When a user encounters a hacked website they get prompted that the “HoeflerText for was not found” and the user is provided an ‘update’ button.  Unfortunately, the ‘update’ button downloads and installs the Spora Ransomware.

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Distributed DOS Attacks And Cloud Adoption

As more and more businesses leverage cloud technologies, I’m confident we will see a shift from more targeted attacks to more distributed attacks in the future.

We are already starting to see more frequent and more powerful Distributed Denial of Service (DDS) attacks with each new iteration. So if you want to protect your business, here’s what you need to know to keep your data secure in the cloud.

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Targeted Email Attacks On The Rise

Most small businesses think they aren’t on the radar for targeted attacks or also known as  Spear Fishing. But nothing could be further from the truth. Because if you have any online presence then you’re definitely on a hacker’s radar.

We’ve seen a rise in compromised emails / fake email attacks recently and what happened to Verne Harnish recently, should stand as a warning to abide by security best practices.

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“Scheduled Maintenance” Or Phishing Attempt?

phishing scamOver the past week or so we’ve been seeing a rash of a new phishing attacks.

This particular attack comes in the form of an email that mentions an upcoming  “Scheduled Maintenance & Upgrade” project.

While the emails appear to be coming from your “Customer Care Team” but in reality it is just a blatant social engineering attempt.

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What Your Staff Needs To Know About Phishing

phishingBig news, folks. This week, two deeply researched reports by Verizon and Symantec Corp are being released and what they have found about cyber security breaches is as follows;

“The vast majority of hacking attacks are successful because employees click on links in tainted emails, companies fail to apply patches to known software flaws, or technicians do not configure systems properly.”

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