Ransomware Kidnapped Your Files – Should You Pay The Ransom?

CryptoLocker and CryptoWall are largely defunct now, but there are new strains of encryption malware at large on the Internet.  If you fall victim to any of the new ransomware exploits such as Teslacrypt or Ophionlocker, there is bad news, and there is OK news, and there may be good news.

The bad news is that once the encryption malware has finished encrypting all of your personal files in the Documents, Pictures, Music, and Video folders and other stuff in your User ...

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Is Your Computer Part Of A Botnet?

computer-zombieA “bot-net” is a robot network comprised of hundreds, thousands, or even millions of “zombie hosts,” as computers that are infected with bot malware are called.  Botnets are created by a type of professional cyber-criminal known as a “bot-herder,” and generally rented out to other criminals for sending millions of spam messages daily, running huge parallel processing tasks such as password cracking operation, or used by extortionists, hacktivists, and government sponsored ...

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Smartphone Kill Switches Are Here

kill-switch-170Minnesota’s new smartphone “kill switch” law takes effect on July 1, 2015.  It requires that all smartphones sold in Minnesota come with a preinstalled kill switch or a free app which provides the same function.  A similar law in California takes effect on the same date, but requires all phones come with the app preinstalled.  Federal legislation has been proposed, but so far ...

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D-Link Wireless Routers Need Security Update

D-LinkAre you using a D-Link wireless router in your home or business, D-Link has released a firmware upgrade for several popular router models to fix a security vulnerability that would allow remote access and DNS spoofing.  By changing the DNS settings on a router, an attacker can forward your traffic to a proxy server where your communications could be monitored for useful content, as well as redirecting your to malware-laden websites, ...

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Personal Information: What is the Worst to Lose?

anthem-250I was reading an article on Sophos about the Anthem Healthcare breach, and putting this information together with some other articles I have read recently, and this question came to mind: what personal information is the worst to lose?  In the Anthem breach, people lost information that included their “names, dates of birth, member ID/social security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, email ...

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1.2 Billion User Names and Passwords For Sale

Is it time to change your password?  Now that security researcher Alex Holden, of Hold Security in Milwaukee has uncovered a huge trove of stolen user credentials on the Dark Net, you might as well assume that yours are in this mammoth collection.

Alex Holden was born in the Ukraine, and his current surname is not the one he was given at birth.  But he discovered that Russian cyber-criminals had gathered 542 million email addresses and 1.2 billion unique email and ...

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Post-Snowden Paranoia Causes Changes in Communication

“Just because you’re paranoid, it doesn’t mean they are not out to get you.”

Since Edward Snowden’s revelations about the domestic surveillance activities of the NSA and other US and foreign government agencies, it turns out that many people have changed their online and telephone communication behavior.  accord to a recent post on Sophos:

“Out of those surveyed who are at least somewhat aware of the NSA’s surveillance programs (30% of adults), 34% have taken at least one step to ...

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What To Do If Your Identity Is Stolen

Identity theft is becoming commonplace, and many people are still confused about what to do when it happens to them.  Last year we had a couple of things happen that were concerning. The first instance was when we received a T-Mobile debit card that was ordered in a Safeway store in Silver Springs, Maryland, made out in my wife’s name, and mailed to our address in Bayport, MN.  We cancelled the card with T-Mobile off course and checked the three credit bureaus. ...

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US Announces It’s Game Over For Zeus Kingpin

Bogachev Wanted posterThe Gameover Zeus and related Neverquest banking Trojan exploits are one of the most truly frightening security nightmares facing small businesses and individuals.  These exploits allow a remote attacker to join you on an online banking session, and then transfer funds from your account after you thought the session was over.

The US State Department has place a $3 million bounty on the head of Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, The criminal mastermind behind the Gameover ...

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