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  1. Who Pays All of These Ransoms, Anyway?

    Taking down corporate networks for cash is quickly becoming a dangerous career. Just last week, the FBI elevated ransomware to a threat level equivalent to terrorism.  While that might make some people think twice about joining a cybercrime ring like REvil or GandCrab, they’re still not having any trouble finding recruits. Ransomware is prevalent because…

  2. A White House Request, Billions of Stolen Passwords and Another Infrastructure Attack

    The first half of 2021 has been a dangerous time for business networks, and it’s not getting any better.  In the last two weeks, 8.4 billion stolen passwords were posted online, a ransomware attack shut down 20% of US beef and pork slaughterhouses, and the White House reached out to the entire businesses community to…

  3. The Triple Extortion Threat, New Phishing Techniques, and Some (Very) Fast Moving Hackers

    Hackers have come up with some convincing new phishing attacks aimed at businesses, and they’ve moved from double to triple extortion by targeting individuals named in leak data.  And just wait until you hear how long it takes them to target a vulnerability once it’s disclosed… When You Don’t Pay, Your Customers May After years…

  4. What is a Supply Chain Malware Attack?

    If you manage a service business, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about your supply chain.  But there’s one supply chain that every business needs to manage – data. Operations, sales, finance and HR departments all use different software to generate sensitive data.  Once generated, that data must be stored, managed and backed up. …

  5. This Week’s Security Stories: Gas Pipelines, a COVID-19 Research Institute, and a Veterans Affairs contractor

    The big ransomware story this week is the big national story, too.  A ransomware attack on a gas pipeline responsible for 45% of the east coast’s fuel has led to an emergency declaration in 17 states.  The hackers claim targeting large-scale infrastructure was an accident.  “Our goal is to make money,” they said, “not creating…

  6. How Keeping Old Data Can Hurt Your Business

    If you’ve ever had the experience of nearly throwing away a seemingly useless item but being thankful years later that you held on to it, you know that experience can reinforce the decision to keep things. Keeping something that turns out to be useless doesn’t really make as much of an impression. Doing it enough…

  7. What’s Even More Annoying Than a Legal Threat? 

    This month’s cybersecurity news includes ransomware masquerading as a cease-and-desist letter, a hacked password manager, and the Department of Justice trying to slow down the unbridled growth of cybercrime. Legal Threats are the Latest Malware Ruse Microsoft detailed a recent malware attack that arrives via a legal threat submitted on a company website form. In…

  8. Am I At Risk If a Customer or Vendor’s Data Is Breached?

    You may have read recently that federal officials are more worried than ever about the security of government contractors’ computer networks.  That’s because government data and network security is at risk if contractors’ networks are breached. But why would your organization’s data be at risk if a vendor or customer was breached?  What data can…

  9. What Is a Ghost User? Are They the Weakest Link in Your Cybersecurity?

    “Ghost Users” are active accounts for former employees on the corporate network despite their departure from the company. Ghost users are also called “ghost accounts”. If ghost users don’t sound like things that should be on your network, it’s because they shouldn’t.  It’s obviously not a great idea for former employees to have ongoing access…

  10. Fed’s Powell Names Cyberattacks #2 Economic Risk (and other recent cybersecurity news)

    Fed President Powell made it official – cyberattacks are the second greatest threat to our economy, behind only the pandemic. This week’s news shows why, with attacks reported across device and organization types. Powell Highlights Cyberattacks During CBS 60 Minutes Appearance Jerome Powell, president of the Federal Reserve, appeared on CBS’s 60 minutes this week…