Ransomware + Virus = Major Problem

We have warned previously about the CryptoLocker/CryptoWall ransomware exploit previously, which begins with a phishing email designed to look like a past due invoice or a tax notice.  Opening the ZIP attachment would install encryption software which would render your files unusable without the encryption key, which the perpetrators would graciously sell you for amounts beginning at $200 and going up from there.  How much depends on the value of your stuff and your apparent ability to pay.  Personally, I ...

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Sunday Funnies: We Love Logistics

If logic is the first part of logistics, why do my UPS and FedEx drivers leave stuff on the front porch, in the rain and in full view of every thief driving down the street, when I have a sign on the front porch that clearly states “All Deliveries To The Back Door Please.”  Especially when the box is printed “DELL” in big letters.  What are they thinking?  Heck, the pizza guy goes to the back door, and for him ...

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Apple Pushes Out Security Update

Many of the Apple users I run across in my daily life still believe that Macs, MacBooks, iPads, and iPhones are immune from hacking.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Cyber-criminals have been writing exploits for the Apple platform, including iOS, since at least 2011.  Mac users need to secure their computers too.

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What’s For Sale On The Dark Net ?

Your computer might be for sale on the Dark Net.  And to add insult to injury, it might be worth just two cents!  How can this be?  Well if your computer has been hijacked and is part of a botnet, you can buy 1000 computers in a botnet for just $20 on the Dark Web.  That’s two cents apiece.

What other items are for sale in the cyber-crime markets on the Internet?  For $25 you can get someone’s personal identity, something ...

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Windows 7 and 8 Users Will Get Free Upgrade to Windows 10

What happens when you are the market leader for computer operating systems, but your latest release is a widely reviled disaster?  Well the last time (Windows Vista, anyone, anyone?) Microsoft gave Vista buyers a period of time to upgrade to Windows 7 for free.  It looks like the free upgrade to Windows 10 will be offered again, not just to Windows 8 and 8.1 buyers, but also to ...

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Reviewing Spam Nation by Brian Krebs

I hardly ever read a book twice, in fact except for the Bible (3 times) and the collection of Ian Fleming’s James Bond books, I can’t remember having read another book more than one time.  Just too many good books out there, and the unread pile of recent purchases in my office mocks me daily.  But Brian Krebs new book Spam Nation has made it to ...

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PCI-DSS Standards Tougher in 2015

If you accept credit cards for payment in your business, then you are subject to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard or PCI-DSS.  Up to now, this standard has really been more about compliance, but this year the Payment Card Industry is definitely focusing on real 24/7 365 security.  The industry has been hit hard in the last two years by the BackOff POS exploits that have affected major retailers such as Target, Home Depot, and Staples, as well ...

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