Meltdown and Spectre Threat Continues

The roller-coaster that is Meltdown and Spectre has been a unique ride, and doesn’t appear to over. But there is more to take away from this story than a prolific vulnerability. The security world stood in shock and awe early this year as news of Spectre and Meltdown began circulating.  … 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 1

This is part one of a two-part special report on the effective recovery from a BitPaymer ransomware attack, including data recovery without paying the ransom. Ransomware is a malicious type of software that infects a computer by writing code that encrypts or blocks access to the files on the computer … Read More

Penetration Testing for Small to Medium Businesses

Your car’s check engine light just came on.  You hurry it to the mechanic, fearing the worst.  It doesn’t look good.  He says you need a supercharger, and you need it now. We have all been to “this” mechanic before, or we have at least heard the stories – it … Read More

Five Notable Cyber Security Breaches of 2017

In 2017, America saw many examples of data breaches that affected millions of Americans. Companies concealed data breaches from their customers for up to a year and millions of Americans had their social security numbers exposed. Data breaches are becoming more regular and if last year is any indication, the … Read More

Latest Healthcare Data Breach: SSM Health

A healthcare provider, based in Saint Louis, Missouri, admitted on December 29th, that thousands of patient records had been compromised in an internal breach. In their disclosure, SSM Health revealed that between February 13th and October 20th, 2017, approximately 29,000 individual private healthcare records were improperly accessed by a call … Read More

Healthcare & Cybercrime: A Wake-Up Call

A decade ago, when most people heard the terms data breach, cyberattack, or hacking, the expected mental conversation centered around bank accounts, credit card numbers, passwords, and PIN numbers. Traditional hacking targets were generally the low hanging fruit of data, or data that is easily transferrable into a monetary return … Read More

Forever 21 Data Breached For 8 Months

In the closing days of 2017, Forever 21, a brick & mortar and online clothing retailer, disclosed that payment information for an undisclosed number of customers had been hacked. The data breach occurred between April 3rd and November 18, 2017 and centered around a number of its point-of-sale (POS) systems. … Read More

$1 Million Paid for Release of Kidnapped Crypto Exchange Employee

A potentially dangerous and disturbing harbinger of the future occurred recently when a cryptocurrency exchange employee was kidnapped and held for ransom. According to the BBC, Pavel Lerner, cryptocurrency exchange analyst for Ukraine based Exmo, was kidnapped outside their Kiev offices in the Obolon District on December 26th, 2017 and … Read More