Archive for the ‘Cyber Attacks’ Category


Watch for Threatening Email Messages that Contain Your Actual Passwords

You may receive a threatening email message that shows you your actual username and password. The attacker may demand you pay them 2900, or some other significant amount. They threaten horrible things if you do not pay. Continue reading ‘Watch for Threatening Email Messages that Contain Your Actual Passwords’

Stop Hidden Attacks Buried in Email Attachments

When you receive an email attachment, even when you are expecting the document and know the sender, the attached file can be poisoned.  Continue reading ‘Stop Hidden Attacks Buried in Email Attachments’

Three Serious Trends to Watch Out for in Cyber Security

First, are your servers backed up to the cloud? The use of online backup will continue to grow. Organizations are finding out, sometimes the hard way, Continue reading ‘Three Serious Trends to Watch Out for in Cyber Security’

One Setting Can Protect Your Network from Ransomware

Once an attacker accesses one computer, they attempt to traverse the network and infect other computers too. That’s how ransomware spreads on a network. Continue reading ‘One Setting Can Protect Your Network from Ransomware’

Do the Basics. Do not Believe that Threat Protection Software Will Save You.

This week, someone told me about a group of CEOs who came to the conclusion that their IT security was handled since they installed an artificial intelligence (AI) based threat protection tool. They didn’t know it, but they were wrong.  Continue reading ‘Do the Basics. Do not Believe that Threat Protection Software Will Save You.’

What You Need to Do to Protect Yourself after the Equifax Breach

You may be one of the 143 million people affected by the Equifax hacking breach that was announced yesterday.

Data stolen may include contact information, dates of birth, driver’s license information, and Social Security numbers. Attackers can make money selling the information to people who could steal your identity and take out loans in your name.

Place a credit freeze on your credit report. To do so, contact all four: Experian, Innovis, Trans Union, and, you guessed it, Equifax. In total, you’ll spend less than $75 to place the freeze.

A credit freeze stops people for gaining access to your credit report. It is difficult for an imposter to borrow money if a lender cannot check a credit report first.

Remember, credit monitoring, though good, sometimes only catches bad things when it is too late.

A security freeze is more effective, and lasts longer, than a fraud alert.

Additionally, watch out for anything odd or abnormal on your bank statements. Download your credit reports every quarter to see what is on them. One way to see your credit reports is to use a service such as annualcreditreport dot com

The FTC gives suggestions about avoiding and handling identity theft at consumer.ftc dot gov/features/feature-0014-identity-theft

Equifax has set up a website equifaxsecurity2017 dot com for people to see if their information was part of the breach. However, many people have been experiencing problems with that website.

Executives – FYI: Reports say that the attack did not result from social engineering. In other words, nobody clicked a bad link in an email. The attackers got in because an Equifax website was insecure. Have you had someone check the security of your website lately? If your site simply displays static information, you are at a much lower risk than if your site has a place for someone to login and/or look up information via your site.

Reports say that the breach may have happened as early as May, and Equifax discovered the breach on July 29. The time between when attackers compromise a system, and when it is discovered, is called dwell time. The best thing to do is to stop hackers from getting in to begin with. Keep security a top priority at your organization! The attackers are counting on you to overlook important steps.

Please forward this to anyone you care about…

The UK Is Preparing to Attack Hackers with Army, Navy and Air Force.

The UK is preparing to attack hackers with Army, Navy and Air Force. Continue reading ‘The UK Is Preparing to Attack Hackers with Army, Navy and Air Force.’

Protect Yourself and Your Organization – New Ransomware Outbreak with Added Poison

A new strain of Ransomware, dubbed P e t y a, is gaining momentum infecting companies and home users. Worst of all, in addition to holding files ransom until you pay up, it appears to be infiltrating corporate networks to steal usernames and passwords too. Be sure that you: Continue reading ‘Protect Yourself and Your Organization – New Ransomware Outbreak with Added Poison’

Patching – 10 Steps to Seal the Holes in Your Armor

You’ve likely heard of the massive ransomware attack that has taken down so many organizations, including hospitals, around the world. The ransomware appears to have exploited a bug for which Microsoft released a fix a little over a month ago. Follow these 10 steps to help protect your organization from this, and from future attacks: Continue reading ‘Patching – 10 Steps to Seal the Holes in Your Armor’

The Google Scam Shows How, If someone You Know Gets Hacked, it can Make You Look Bad Too.

The Google scam: If anyone receives an email that contains a link to Google Doc, do not click on the link. Even if the email appears to be from someone they know and trust. Google did not get hacked, but someone else who has your email address in their contact list probably did. Anyone who clicked on that link needs to go to dot com/permissions and remove the one called Google Docs

This kind of stuff happens all the time, not just to Google, but to other unsuspecting people.

If someone receives an email that appears to have been sent by you, and the email contains a malicious link, lots of people would think it was your fault. There is a good chance that you did not get hacked, just like Google did not get hacked, but you may get blamed anyway. What probably happened is that one of your friends, or at least someone who has you in their contact list, got hacked. Then the attacker chose to send the malicious message, that appeared to be from you, to all the other contacts stored in that person’s contact list.

Spread the word encouraging the people you know to be sure they are secure, since, if someone you know gets hacked, it can make you look bad too.

And, tell others that, when they receive a malicious email message that appears to be from someone they know, that person they know may not have been hacked.

For your own protection, forward this message to everyone who may have you in their address book.