World Backup Day

backupMarch 31st is World Backup Day.  On my way to the office today I saw someone driving down the highway in reverse. Not completely clear on the concept.

It has been three months since you made your New Year’s Resolution to really backup you data this year for sure!!  Still kicking this one down the road?  Well today is your day.  Sign up for something easy like Carbonite and be ...

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Perils on the Edge Revisited – More Bad Router News

router diagramWe recently reviewed the bad state of affairs in the world of edge devices, routers, cable and DSL modems, and wireless access points.  I just read an article on CSO the talked about the dangers that exist with the routers that router traffic and basically run the Internet.  The problem is that these routers are running a Linux kernel in their core that is ...

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IRS Strikes Again – IP PIN Epic Fail

irs-logoWe wrote last year about how the IRS and their Get Transcript service was instrumental in helping identity thieves file fraudulent tax returns for big refunds.  The problem was that the IRS used static user identity information that was available elsewhere online.  They promised to fix this security problem, but have not.  This year, many users of the IP PIN  system that was supposed to harden security ...

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Windows 10 Most Secure OS Yet – Or Is It?

Windows10Windows 10 is getting kudos from technology pundits everywhere for producing an operating system that is efficient, technically excellent, and more secure than anything Microsoft has ever produced.  But this is an operating system that is attached to cloud services, and that collects and transmits more personal data to Microsoft and other cloud providers.  Just like your smartphone, your Windows PC and all those Apps are keeping track of ...

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Watch Out For HawkEye

hawkeyeWe haven’t seen macro viruses for a while, but they are back. HawkEye a new variant of the resurgent use of unpatched vulnerabilities in Microsoft Word and other office documents.   Using macros, written in Visual Basic, attackers are using Word document attachments to run code on victim computers.

Last week we wrote about the Locky ransomware exploit that encrypts your data ...

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Who Killed Dyre Wolf? The Russians?

Bank-trojanDyre Wolf is one version in the family of banking Trojans that started with Zeus and NeverQuest, and now includes Dridex, SpyEye, Shylock,Shifu, Gozi, and Tinba.  Banking Trojans are designed to sit unnoticed on your computer, and to capture your banking and financial login credentials and send them to criminals who use the information to empty your accounts.  They are among the worst exploits that can happen to you, followed closely by ...

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Crypto-Ransomware Round-Up

cryptolockerSome of the nastiest exploits going around are the many variants of the CryptoLocker and CryptoWall malware that encrypt all your personal files and hold them for ransom.  Payment in bitcoin is required, in amounts starting at $200 and ranging upward to the $17,000 (400 BTC) that Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital just paid to unlock their files.  Or even more.  The amount will be whatever the attackers think they can extract from the victim.

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WordPress Security Learning Center

WordPresslogoLast Friday we dove down the WordPress Security bunny hole to chase the Aethera botnet and the other attack platform that WordFence reported.  Today we are looking a their new WordPress Security Learning Center.

If you are a developer or security professional, you should check this site out, and take the time to fit the classes into your schedule.  If you are interested ...

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What Am I Doing Wrong?

You may be asking yourself this question.  Cybersecurity seems like a hard thing, and maybe it is.  But there are some easy ways to vastly improve your cybersecurity program that are easy and inexpensive.  If you haven’t started  a cybersecurity program yet, you might just start here.

According to the 2013 Trustwave Global Security Report, the top four mistakes revealed by forensic audits are:

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