Wire Fraud Defense

Defending Against Wire Fraud

CEO Fraud. Business Email Compromise. Spear phishing. Wire Fraud. Pretexting. This cyberattack goes by a variety of names and may utilize a wide range of tactics, but they all come down to one thing: a malicious outsider pretends to be a legitimate boss in order to trick an unsuspecting employee into doing something they shouldn’t. Last year the scam cost …

DDOS Attackers Are Targeting VoIP Providers

Hackers around the world are flexing their muscles. For reasons that aren’t yet clear they have been launching distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks against Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers and it is leading to widespread voice outages. VoIP provider Bandwidth.com is the latest company to fall victim to these attacks. On the afternoon of September 25th the company …

Ransomware Attackers Look For Unpatched Systems To Exploit

Not long ago Microsoft patched a critical MSHTML remote code execution security flaw being tracked as CVE-2021-40444. Beginning on August 18th of this year (2021) the company spotted hackers exploiting this flaw in the wild. So far there have been fewer than ten attacks made that exploit this flaw but it’s inevitable that the number will increase. So far all …

Hackers Behind REvil Ransomware Are Back Online

Not long after successfully attacking Kaseya the band of cyber criminals behind the REvil ransomware strain went dark. Their “Happy Blog” mysteriously went offline. It is not known if the group went into hiding as a safety precaution after their attack drew worldwide condemnation. It could have been as a result of action by law enforcement agencies. The truth is …

Exchange Servers Are The Target Of This New Ransomware

A new ransomware gang known as “LockFile” has recently burst onto the scene. They specifically target Microsoft Exchange servers to gain access then proceed to encrypt everything they can find. LockFile employs a trio of vulnerabilities that are collectively known as ProxyShell to gain access to a targeted exchange server. ProxyShell was given its name by Orange Tsai. Tsai is …

Change Your NAS Device Password To Avoid Ransomware Attacks

A NAS manufacturer based in Taiwan called Synology recently issued a warning to its customers relating to the StealthWorker botnet. This botnet has been targeting a wide range of NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices using simple brute force tactics. Anytime the botnet succeeds in breaching the security of a NAS it will deploy a ransomware payload to encrypt any files …

Coalition Of Big Names Coming Together To Fight Ransomware

If you’re worried about ransomware attacks know that help is on the way. The CISA (Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency) has announced a partnership with some of the biggest names in tech. The specific purpose of this collaborative effort called the Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative is to put an end to ransomware and other serious cyber threats. In recent years …

Even Computer Hardware Manufacturers Can Get Hit By Ransomware

Retailers, hospitals and financial institutions tend to be the targets of choice for the hackers of the world. Of course they’re not the only targets. The simple truth is that any company can find itself in the cross hairs of a hacker. The most recent victim is Taiwanese motherboard manufacturer Gigabyte. In addition to shutting down manufacturing operations in Taiwan …

Ransomware Attackers May Target Industrial Machines Soon

Government officials and some internet security researchers have been saying for quite some time now that the nation’s (and the world’s) core infrastructure is at risk. Some examples include the flow of water into cities, the flow of electricity, and the traffic lights that keep city streets relatively organized. All of these depend on the reliable function of Industrial Control …

Ransomware Attacks Are On The Rise For Educators

According to an alert recently issued by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre, colleges and universities worldwide are at increased risk of being targeted by a ransomware attack like the one that recently hit Colonial Pipeline and global meat supplier JBS. While ransomware attacks are certainly nothing new, they have been enjoying a surge of popularity as growing numbers around …