Social Engineering: First Salvo of a Hack

When most people think of computer hacking the natural inclination is to picture a socially awkward early twenty-something. He’s locked in his basement somewhere pecking away at a keyboard in the dark. While this assumption may have some basis in the truth, all too often modern hacking involves a much … Read More

Darknet, Bitcoin, and Murder for Hire

Stephen Allwine was found guilty 31 January, 2018 for the Darknet related murder of his wife and staging her death as a suicide. Traditional investigation may have been enough to ensure the delivery of a guilty verdict however the use of digital evidence played a very large roll in landing … Read More

Traveling Abroad: Safe & Aware

Depending on the country being visited,  traveling abroad can be no more dangerous than the parking lot of Disney Land.   In some other countries significant security risks are present.    In many latin American countries kidnapping and extortion are the national past time. A good place to start is … Read More

Zyklon Malware Resurgence

FireEye recently reported a resurgence of the Zyklon HTTP malware, which leverages three new vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office.  This sophisticated malware, originally detected in early 2016, has been observed targeting telecommunication, insurance, and financial service industries through spear phishing attacks.  Once a host has been infected, Zyklon conducts command and … Read More

Lebanese Hacking Continues

A state-sponsored hacking group called the Dark Caracal, linked to the Lebanese government, has an ongoing attack effecting desktops and Android. They have been found to be engaging in cyber espionage and data theft against 21 countries or more.  They have stolen hundreds of gigabytes of personal data. Their attacks … Read More

Recovering from BitPaymer Ransomware – Part 2

This is part two of a special report on the effective recovery from a BitPaymer ransomware attack, including data recovery without paying the ransom. Part one: http://mccann-cyber.com/recovering-bitpaymer-ransomware-pt1/   The BitPaymer Infected Server: The client presented after the expiration for the ransom demand and well after the malware had spread to … Read More

ICO Warning: 10% of Proceeds Hacked

Ernst & Young conducted a study of 372 initial coin offerings put out in 2017 and tracked the ICO funding patterns.  Last year investors and coin fans pumped around $3.7 billion into ICOs, but EY found that around $400 million of that money ended up in the hands of hackers.   … Read More

Hackers Expose Lack of Internal Controls

State sponsored Lebanese hackers recently left hundreds of gigabytes of stolen data exposed to the open web. While this headline is notable on its own, it highlights an even larger problem. One of the biggest issues seen in almost every household and an alarming number of businesses is the lack … Read More

Data Breach Strikes Nissan Finance

Nissan Canada Finance recently began contacting 1.13 million current and former customers of a data breach that potentially led to the unauthorized access of personal information. The data breach includes customers of INFINITI Financial Services Canada. Nissan began notifying the potentially affected customers in mid-December 2017 after discovering the breach … Read More

The Cardinal Ruling

Although stealing signs has been commonplace in major league baseball for decades, the type of theft that occurred beginning January 2012 from the Houston Astros computer network was unprecedented in professional sports. The case began with the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigating allegations that a member of the St. Louis … Read More