Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.

A Big Patch Tuesday

Microsoft just released an update that includes over 100 fixes and a Zero-Day patch.  The Zero Day must be a doozy, my old, out-of-support  Windows 7 machine was updated too.  Run your updates!

Phishing, deepfakes, and ransomware: How coronavirus-related cyberthreats will persist in 2021

The pandemic and 5G speed create wider attack capabilities. Phishing emails and other threats will continue to exploit COVID-19 and its side effects, says Check Point Research.

What You Need to Know About Ransomware

Vol. 15 / Issue 11 / November 2020

Ransomware is a type of malicious software, or malware, that blocks access to a system, device, or file until a ransom is paid. It is an illegal, moneymaking scheme that can be installed through deceptive links in an email message, instant message, or website.

Ransomware works by encrypting files on the infected system (crypto ransomware), threatening to erase files (wiper ransomware), or blocking system access (locker ransomware) for the victim. The ransom amount and contact information for the cyber threat actor (CTA) is typically included in a ransom note that appears on the victim’s screen after their files are locked or encrypted.

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About the Author:

I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at http://wyzguyscybersecurity.com

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