Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month. Today I’d like to highlight PHISHING! The ubiquitous cyber attack category that has been around since the dawn of the Internet & Networked Technology. Remember These? 500 Hours FREE AOL Discs?   PHISHING and the various techniques employed to successfully execute a PHISH (like much of the Cyber Security Landscape) […]

The Rise of Ransomware! Public Institutions even Hospitals Held Hostage!

Over the last two months Ransomware infections have held not only home users hostage but many high-profile targets like hospitals, churches, schools and even courthouses. Is the shame on reporting such incidents disappearing? Earlier this month, a Ransomware infection paralyzed the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles. Patients were diverted to other hospitals as the infection […]

$10 Billion & 10 Companies added to US Air Force Cyber Security Program

The Air Force just announced that they added 10 companies to a 5 year cyber security project. The service’s Cyber Security and Information Systems Technical Area Tasks program is a multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract that runs through Nov. 30, 2020 and will cover research and development, and test and evaluation efforts in areas including software analysis, […]

Cyber Defenses STILL Lag Behind Threats – Organizations & Their Users VUNERABLE to cyber attacks

According to a Blog post by Promisec, current endpoint protection and detection solutions lag behind today’s security threats. This based on a Survey by Promisec, a security and compliance solution provider. An alarming 89% of VP and C-Level IT Leaders have a heightened fear of a breach over the next year Only 32% of Respondents Have Advanced Endpoint […]

Three Israeli Hackers Indicted by US Prosecutors for JPMorgan Data Breach

Between 2007 and 2014 12 International Companies including 9 Financial Institutions were hacked. Three men were arrested and US Prosecutors have finally brought official charges. The three, Gery Shalon, Joshua Samuel Aaron and Ziv Orenstein, are now facing 23 charges of conspiring to commit money laundering, identity theft, computer hacking and illegal Internet gambling. The […]

UK Parliament Held Ransom; Secure Network HACKED and Sensitive Data Stolen and used in Crypto-Ransomware Attack

According to many reports from British newspapers, for the first time  the UK Parliament’s internal computer network AKA the Parliamentary Digital Service (PDS) was infected by ransomware. The hack is the first report of a successful breach on the secure parliament network, used internally by government employees. Some quickly blamed the cyber-attack on advanced persistence threats (APTs), but […]