IP Camera Hacking Attempts Are Rising

Recently, Trend Micro published some statistics that just about everyone should find disturbing.  According to their latest statistics, the security company has blocked more than five million cyber-attacks against IP cameras, just in the past five months. Worse, IP cameras don’t tend to have great security in place to begin with, making it relatively easy for hackers to control them …

Update Any Nest Cam Security Cameras You May Own

Did you get your Google Nest Security Camera system used or second hand?  If you did, be sure your cameras are running the latest firmware. Recently, the tech review site Wirecutter reported that some older Nest cams allowed their former owners to access camera feeds, even after the devices had been reset to factory settings. This is an interesting case …

Florida City Paid Big Bucks To Hackers Using Ransomware  

The city of Riviera Beach, Florida is the latest high-profile victim of a ransomware attack. Recently, the city council voted to pay more than $600,000 to a hacking group to regain access to data that had been locked and encrypted via ransomware nearly a month ago.  That is in addition to the $941,000 the city will be paying for new …

Undelivered Mail Notification Could Be A Phishing Scam

Hackers are always on the lookout for new ways to freshen up time-tested techniques. Where time-tested techniques are concerned, few are older than the humble phishing email. In one form or another, it seeks to trick an unsuspecting user to innocently hand over sensitive information, like usernames and passwords that the hacker can then use later for any purpose. The …

Microsoft Says Office 365 Users Should Use Spam Filter

Microsoft recently updated their support page and offered additional guidance to network admins as it relates to Office 365’s built-in spam filters.  The gist of the update is that they strongly advise against turning the auto-filters off. They provided some additional guidelines if you decide to bypass them for one reason or another. Here are the most relevant portions of …

Survey Shows Employees Would Compromise Company Data

A recent report published by nCipher confirms what many business owners have known for a long time.  Their employees are the weakest link when it comes to data security. The nCipher report, however, adds a disturbing exclamation point to the data with a few details you’re likely to find shocking. First, fully 71 percent of C-Suite employees surveyed in the …

Google Bug Exposed Passwords For Some GSuite Enterprise Customers

Even companies that are normally quite good at providing security for their users occasionally wind up with egg on their faces.  Google is a classic case in point, in this instance.  Recently, the company announced that a bug in an older segment of their GSuite code base resulted in the recent discovery that the company had been storing customer passwords …

Digital Skimmers Are Dangerous For Websites With E-Commerce

If your business website incorporates an e-Commerce platform that allows you to sell directly to your customers, be aware. According to the latest research by the security firm RiskIQ, there are currently more than half a dozen large, well-organized hacking groups targeting businesses just like yours. These groups are all using the same basic family of malicious code, collectively referred …

Persistent Banking Trojan Virus Launches New Phishing Scam

The venerable banking Trojan known as Q-bot is back in the news, having recently been spotted in the wild as part of a sophisticated new phishing campaign designed to claim a new generation of victims. Q-bot is one of the oldest banking Trojans still in use, and has a history that stretches back more than a decade. In this most …

2019 Sees A Huge Rise In Ransomware Attacks

According to FBI statistics, in 2013 there were 991 tracked incidents of ransomware attacks against business, resulting in losses slightly exceeding half a million dollars. The number of incidents steadily increased through 2016 when they reached 2,673 for the year, with total losses just shy of two and a half million dollars. During the 2017-2018 period, the overall number of …