Cyber Security Insight

Ransomware, a newer type of cyber attack, is becoming increasingly popular. A virus that infects a computer or computer system and then locks all the files and programs, hackers using ransomware are typically the only ones with the "key", or code, that can unlock the victim's data....

There has been some debate recently about what to do if you are attacked with ransomware. Ransomware is a form of cyber attack that loads malware into computer systems that encrypts the files. The only way to break the encryption is with a “key”. The...

A company’s HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system is yet another potential entry point for hackers looking to steal precious information. You’re probably thinking, “This article is some kind of joke, right? My HVAC system can’t be hacked”. Unfortunately this isn’t a joke - a...

A recent report by KPMG surveyed 223 senior IT and security executives from different healthcare organizations and institutions and found that 81% of those questioned - all of which claimed more than $500M in annual revenues - experienced a security breach in the last two years. In other words, four out...

Political leanings aside, the Obama administration released a new cybersecurity initiative aimed at beefing up protection and awareness within the government and around the country. Considering the various breaches and cyber attacks experience by both the private and public sector this past year alone, the proposed...

Back in the 80’s and 90’s computer viruses on your computer equaled hours of hand-wringing and dread. However, a few computer-loving individuals decided to showcase some of the ‘fun’ behind computer viruses - by creating an online museum full of them. The Malware Museum, created by Mikko Hypponen...

Anti-virus software - friend or foe? At one point it was easy to say the odds were in favor of installing these programs, though it doesn't seem to be the case anymore. According to various vulnerabilities researchers, dozens of reputable names in the antivirus software industry...

Many of us have lives that revolve around being “connected”, and we often don’t suspect someone could use the Internet for harm. Unfortunately, cyber crime is at it’s highest levels and this fact has companies like Google concerned for their users' online safety. Most of the concern centers around malicious advertising and phishing,...

Wendy's announced that an investigation began this week into the possibility of a data breach at several of its restaurant locations across the Midwest and East Coast, after a number of financial institutions reported suspicious activity on customer accounts. “We began investigating immediately,” said spokesman Bob Bertini. A Wendy’s...

As the snow fell along the East coast this past weekend, I was reminded of the celebrated movie Fargo. Nothing goes to plan as the main character solicits two bumbling crooks to kidnap his wife, hold her for ransom and then collect from his wealthy father in-law;...