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

North Korea Turns to Cryptocurrency

The government of North Korea has, over the last few years, been largely cut off from the global economy due to their civil rights abuses, intercontinental ballistic missile launches, and nuclear weapons development. To attempt to feed their starving population and maintain control, they’ve now turned to hacking cryptocurrency. The … 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

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

Hackers Turning Away from Bitcoin

Ransomware attackers have deviated slightly from requesting payment in Bitcoin to now more often requiring Monero and Ethereum.  Bitcoin, as of January 11, 2018, is going for roughly $14k per coin, while Ethereum and Monero going for roughly $1000 and $400, respectively. Recently there have been a few major ransomware … Read More

WannaCry: Harbinger of New Threats

For the last several months, the entire world has been under attack by hackers. This statement isn’t new because the same statement was true a month ago… a year ago… a decade ago. The Internet went from a government controlled entity to public access status in the early 1990’s. It … Read More

Town Files Insurance Claim for Reimbursement of Cyber Ransom

The village of Nashotah, Wisconsin suffered a ransomware attack in late November 2016 that left their computer files encrypted and inaccessible and is now attempting to be reimbursed for the costs associated with paying the ransom. Village President Richard Lartz told local media the cyber attack resulted in the compromise … Read More

State Sponsored Cybercrime: The Continuing Threat

United Nation experts investigating violations of international sanctions on North Korea were recently hit by a “sustained” cyberattack. The hackers were able to infiltrate the computer of one of the experts on the 1718 committee and compromise the secrecy of their ongoing investigation. It was unclear who exactly was responsible … Read More