Displaying items by tag: Ransomware

Monday, 05 October 2020 13:00

The Dangers of the Inbox

Every now and then, an email with a catchy subject line appears in your inbox and you end up clicking on it, either because you’re curious about the subject line or because you assume the sender is trustworthy. Unfortunately, this is how most cyberattacks tend to begin – with a single click. What unfolds next only puts your security and the security of your business in grave danger.
Published in Cybersecurity
Ransomware attackers will attempt to locate your backups, steal the data from them, and then delete them. If you can prevent this, you can recover from an attack without giving in to blackmail.
Published in Cybersecurity
A manufacturer of transit communication systems that pivoted to build ventilators during the COVID-19 pandemic is reportedly the latest victim of the DoppelPaymer ransomware gang. Boyce Technologies Inc., based in Long Island City, New York, was targeted by the ransomware gang, which has threatened to leak data stolen in the incident unless the company pays a ransom, according to the news site Cointelegraph.
Published in Global News
LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. travel management firm CWT paid $4.5 million (3.4 million pounds) this week to hackers who stole reams of sensitive corporate files and said they had knocked 30,000 computers offline, according to a record of the ransom negotiations seen by Reuters.
Published in Global News
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 16:11

Ransomware Outbreaks

The Threat and How to Think About It Ransomware has rapidly emerged as the most visible cybersecurity risk playing out across our nation’s networks, locking up private sector organizations and government agencies alike. And that’s only what we’re seeing – many more infections are going unreported, ransoms are being paid, and the vicious ransomware cycle continues on.  We strongly urge you to consider ransomware infections as destructive attacks, not an event where you can simply pay off the bad guys and regain control of your network (do you really trust a cybercriminal?). Ransomware Mitigations to Help You Defend Today and Secure Tomorrow The below recommendations lay out three sets of straightforward steps any organization can take to manage their risk.  These recommendations are written broadly for all levels within an organization.  It’s never as easy as it should be, so if you need help, we urge you to reach out for assistance.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Larry Hogan is taking steps to strengthen cybersecurity in Maryland. Hogan signed an executive order on Tuesday to create a new position called the Maryland Chief Information Security Officer. The Republican governor also said he is forming the Office of Security Management and the Maryland Cybersecurity Coordinating Council. The three will work to improve Maryland’s cybersecurity to improve the state’s ability to address a cybersecurity incident.   For example, the council will help create recommendations for the state to identify and respond to cybersecurity risks and recover from them. It will include state officials from agencies and departments throughout the state. Last month, a cyberattack hit the city of Baltimore’s computer network, affecting functions of local government in Maryland’s largest city.
Published in Local News
Here’s the scenario. You’re working on your computer and you notice that it seems slower. Or perhaps you can’t access document or media files that were previously available. You might be getting error messages from Windows telling you that a file is of an “Unknown file type” or “Windows can’t open this file.” If you’re on a Mac, you might see the message “No associated application,” or “There is no application set to open the document.”