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Intro to Your Tech: Dark Web

Intro to Your Tech: Dark Web

The dark web has a bad reputation - and for quite a few good reasons. However, like any tool, there is a lot of good that the dark web can be used for as well. Here, we’ll review what the dark web is, how it can be used (and abused), and what the landscape is like.

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Do Your Employees Have Any of These Six Hackable Habits?

Do Your Employees Have Any of These Six Hackable Habits?

Habits are hard to break - but there are some habits that simply have to be broken if your business is going to be secure. Many of these habits may have been developed by your employees, which means that it is important that you recognize them.

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A Guide to Help You Understand All the Digital Threats You Face

A Guide to Help You Understand All the Digital Threats You Face

Malware is a commonality in today’s computing environment, though businesses do everything in their power to avoid encountering it. Some people have difficulty identifying threats, which makes for a dangerous situation whenever they actually have to handle them. We’ve put together a malware guide that will help your employees identify the most common types of threats out there, as well as how to respond to them.

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Hack Enabled by NSA-Developed Tool

Hack Enabled by NSA-Developed Tool

Hackers aren’t the only ones out there developing malware tools, but sometimes, they get their hands on some of the others. This is precisely what happened when Double Pulsar, a malware that the NSA has used in the past, was paired with a Chinese hacking tool and used to attack Hong Kong and Belgium in 2016.

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Ransomware Can Just Be Devastating

Ransomware Can Just Be Devastating

Ransomware is still going strong, and now more than ever it’s important to emphasize the danger that it poses for your organization. Even municipalities and other high-profile targets are at risk of being taken down by ransomware. Since 2013, over 170 government systems at the county, city, or state levels have been attacked.

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Understanding the Dangers of a Man-in-the-Middle Attack

Understanding the Dangers of a Man-in-the-Middle Attack

Have you ever played the telephone game? One person in a group whispers a phrase to another, who then passes it to another, and the fun is had when the group shares what they heard and how the message was garbled along the way. In many ways, this activity is similar to a Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) attack - although the attack is a lot less fun than the game.

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Most Noteworthy Data Breaches in 2019

Most Noteworthy Data Breaches in 2019

With data starting to be treated more like a commodity, companies are spending more time and money attempting to secure the data they have. Some organizations aren’t successful. In 2018 over 446.5 million records were exposed, even as data breaches dropped by 23 percent to 1,244. Today we take a look at some of the most noteworthy data breaches that have happened in the first four months of 2019.

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ALERT: Over a Million Asus Laptops Could Have Been Hacked

ALERT: Over a Million Asus Laptops Could Have Been Hacked

If you own an Asus laptop, there is a chance that a recent update could have installed malware, and we are urging anyone who has an Asus device reach out to us to have it looked at.

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How to Go About Detecting Cryptomining

How to Go About Detecting Cryptomining

One of the most dangerous and upcoming threats out there is cryptojacking. This process involves a malicious entity installing cryptomining malware on a user’s device without their knowledge or consent, allowing for a steady, reliable stream of income. What are the details behind cryptomining, and how can you keep your devices from becoming complicit in the schemes of hackers? Let’s find out.

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SamSam Is More than a Computer Virus

SamSam Is More than a Computer Virus

I think by now most people understand just how dangerous ransomware is. Even with some of the ridiculous names they have like Gandcrab, Jigsaw, and WannaCry. Hell, two strains even have names from the James Bond canon: LeChiffre and GoldenEye. But one funny-named strain of ransomware, SamSam, has been devastating information systems for sometime, and has caught the eye of several U.S. law enforcement agencies.

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Faxploit: Hundreds of Printers Putting Businesses at Risk of Malware

Faxploit: Hundreds of Printers Putting Businesses at Risk of Malware

Printers, along with every other piece of equipment that is on your network, require careful configuration and regular upkeep to ensure that they aren’t putting your data and users at risk. Security researchers recently discovered two massive vulnerabilities in HP Officejet All-in-One printers that make it incredibly easy for hackers to spread malware and gain access to a company’s network.

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A Short Look at 2018 in Cybersecurity

A Short Look at 2018 in Cybersecurity

Hackers and other security threats are everyday problems for users all over the world. We’re not even talking about just simple phishing emails--you’d be surprised by how many victims are from straight-up hacking attacks. The security sector has been forced to adapt, growing at an astronomical rate. To help your organization get up to speed on the latest threats and hacks, we’ve put together a list of the first half of 2018’s most notorious breaches and statistics related to them.

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Ransomware Attack Strikes Atlanta

Ransomware Attack Strikes Atlanta

Ransomware can target all kinds of entities, but one of the most devastating attacks in recent memory was launched against Atlanta, Georgia earlier this year. Atlanta suffered from an incredibly sustained and powerful ransomware attack that disabled much of the municipal government.

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This Botnet Proves That There’s No Honor Among Thieves

This Botnet Proves That There’s No Honor Among Thieves

Cybercriminals and hackers aren’t exactly examples of the most trustworthy people online, so it should come as no surprise that they are willing to exploit each other for their own benefit. We recently saw an example of this phenomenon with the Cobain botnet.

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Alert: Homeland Security Finds U.S. Power Grid Vulnerable to CrashOverride Malware

Alert: Homeland Security Finds U.S. Power Grid Vulnerable to CrashOverride Malware

On June 12th, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a warning to power grid operators and electric utilities concerning a newly surfaced malware called CrashOverride (aka Industroyer). Only, it’s not entirely new. The world has seen this before and the fallout from it is concerning.

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10 Cybersecurity Threats Every Business Owner Must Protect Themselves From

10 Cybersecurity Threats Every Business Owner Must Protect Themselves From

It’s an unfortunate fact that cyber security threats are everywhere, and it doesn’t help that there are multiple kinds of threats to contend with out there. Here’s a quick runthrough of the different malwares and threats you may encounter, and the sort of damage they can cause.

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Alert: Vast Marketing Database Leaked. 33.7 Million Records Made Public

Alert: Vast Marketing Database Leaked. 33.7 Million Records Made Public

A sizable cache of personal information has been made public, with 33.7 million records being exposed. While not technically dangerous in its own right, this data could potentially be used to enable those with less-than-noble intentions.

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