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You've Got Ransomware... Now What?

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 10/16/18 3:36 PM

If you're unfortunate enough to be the victim of a ransomware attack, there are basically only three options open to you. Ransomware is a type of computer virus that kidnaps your data and holds it hostage for money. It has become increasingly common attacking governments and all manner of business and non-for profit institutions.  These are often automated attacks that are broadly distributed, so even if you're a small business you're still at risk.  Too many small businesses think they're "under the radar" and in fact, about half of ransomware attacks hit small businesses.
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Tags: cybersecurity, ransomware, cybersecurity, SMB





A Creepy Twist on Ransomware - Using your hacked passwords

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 7/19/18 10:21 AM

Recently there have been many reports on a clever twist on an old scam that's made more believable with your hacked password.  The email purports to be from a hacker who has compromised your computer and recorded you watching porn and will release the information to all your contacts if you don't pay the ransom (payable to a crypto currency account so it's not traceable).   

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Tags: cybersecurity, ransomware, cybersecurity





Cybersecurity - What is the cost to Small Businesses? Another factor to think about related to Microsoft Security Patches...

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 5/14/18 10:55 AM

We've all seen the headlines of the major cybersecurity incidents:  Target, Yahoo, Equifax, Sony, etc... Cybersecurity is a topic that affects everyone, and we view it as a public safety issue.  With all the headlines over the past years, at this point, most people "get it" that cybersecurity is a big problem, but the education can't stop there.   

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Tags: cybersecurity, ransomware, cybersecurity





Cybersecurity is a LOCAL issue - Massachusetts school district pays $10,000 ransom to unlock its files after cyber attack.

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 5/2/18 3:59 PM

This past week a Massachusetts school district paid $10,000 ransom to unlock its files after a cyber attack.  The Police Chief commented that there is no further investigation of this crime because solving this crime is "impossible". This is unfortunately a sign of the times.

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Tags: Cybersecurity, email scams, cybersecurity, ransomware, cybersecurity





Phishing:  Would your employees click on any of these emails?

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 3/15/18 2:02 PM

Everyone thinks they won't click on a phishing link, but when we run tests, there's always someone who does!

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Tags: Microsoft Security Patches, cybersecurity, ransomware, training, HIPAA





Help! My Spam Filter is Blocking GOOD mail

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 6/13/17 9:32 AM

A robust spam filter is an essential part of any business cybersecurity plan.  Almost 90% of all mail is spam, and a lot of spam contains viruses, such as the recent WannaCry Ransomware attack.  No spam filter is perfect, and in some cases, mail you don't want gets through (false negatives), and mail you do want, gets blocked (false positives).  

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Tags: cybersecurity, ransomware





WannaCry Ransomware - 4 things you need to know

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 5/15/17 2:00 PM

A fast moving ransomware variant "WannaCry" has infected tens of thousands of computers in over 100 countries since Friday.  The attack even caused Britain's NHS to cancel surgeries and chemotherapy sessions and left ambulance service in disarray.  

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Tags: cybersecurity, ransomware





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