Tag Archives: malware

McAfee Report Lists Health Care Sector as Most Targeted Industry for Cyber-Attacks

In its cyber security incident report outlining vulnerabilities for the second quarter of 2017, security firm McAfee lists the health care sector as having suffered the most security incidents, which surpasses the public sector for the first time in six quarters. It confirmed that cyber-attacks against the health care sector continue to increase. Although that … Continue Reading

Authorities Investigating Cyber Intrusion of Numerous U.S. Nuclear Power Plants

It’s scary to think about, but anything that is online is hackable. Including critical infrastructure like nuclear power plants. It has been reported that U.S. authorities are investigating a cyber intrusion that has hit numerous nuclear power generation sites in the past few months. The attack has been named “Nuclear 17.” Although details of the … Continue Reading

“Fireball” Malware a Threat to Health Care Industry

A new report released by Check Point has security personnel working in the health care industry particularly concerned and they are warning their colleagues about the existence of “Fireball.” Fireball, released by a Chinese operation, has infected approximately 250 million computers worldwide. According to the report, the malware hijacks web browsers and turns computers into … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #82 – Downloading Free Entertainment is an Easy Way to Infect Your Computer with Malware

Remember when TV was free? Okay, most of you don’t, and I was just a tot, but back in the day, it was free. We didn’t have dozens of channels or choices, but everyone could watch the major networks and PBS without a cost. These days, there are charges for everything—including downloading music, videos and … Continue Reading

Experts Warning of New Google Chrome Malware Scam

Cybersecurity experts have been warning users about a Google Chrome scam that targets Windows users in the US, UK, Canada and Australia. The scam, which began in December, uses a pop-up stating “The ‘HoeflerText’ font wasn’t found” and tells users to download an update, which is actually malware. The malware campaign started on December 10, … Continue Reading

The Truth in Mac Security

For decades, it has been assumed that MacBook and iPhone devices are hack proof and virus free. Their advertisements and claims for being indestructible were never questioned. Yet, nothing is truly immune to intrusion. Consumers pay a high premium for the slick and glossy Apple devices. Their superior brand has continued to sell and grow … Continue Reading

Sony Cyber-Attackers Lurking at Financial Supervisor “Watering Hole” Target Banks and Others

Cybersecurity specialists at BAE Systems and Symantec announced last week new evidence suggesting that the criminals behind the notorious 2014 attack on Sony Corp. are also responsible for recent cyber-attacks involving 104 organizations in 31 countries. Researchers and investigators have long attributed the 2014 Sony attack, which crippled computer systems and revealed internal emails, to … Continue Reading

Arby’s Investigating Payment Card Breach

Arby’s has announced that it is investigating its payment card systems after Brian Krebs first reported the incident. According to reports, malware placed on Arby restaurants’ payment card systems allowed attackers to steal credit card data at the time it was swiped in the cash register. The breach is believed to have occurred between October … Continue Reading

November the Worst Month Yet for Healthcare Breaches

We have repeatedly reiterated numerous warnings to the healthcare industry about malware and ransomware [see related posts here and here]. Our predictions have unfortunately become true, as November was the worst month ever for healthcare data breaches, according to self-reports to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). In the month of November 57 incidents of … Continue Reading

New IBM/Ponemon Study Shows Low Organizational Cyber Resilience

A new IBM/Ponemon Study released late last week, 2016 Cyber Resilient Organization, reveals that only 32 percent of IT and security professionals believe that their organization has a “high” level of cyber resilience. The study interviewed 2,400 IT and security personnel across the world. The study shows that 66 percent of those professionals believe that … Continue Reading

Malware Attacks Against Health Care Sector Rose 67 percent in Q3 of 2016

The NTT Security Q3 Quarterly Threat Intelligence Report states that the healthcare industry is the fifth most targeted industry for ransomware (behind financial services, retail, manufacturing and technology) for all cyber attacks. Malware increased in the health care sector by 67 percent in the third quarter of 2016. Viruses and worms account for 63 percent … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #56 – Be Careful Before You Link Your Home Appliance to Your Smartphone and Change Your Passwords Now

Last week, Brian Krebs reported that hackers using a malware dubbed “Marai” have identified hundreds of thousands of home and office devices that have weak security. Then the hackers released the malware publicly so anyone can use it and intrude into home and office devices that do not have proper security to thwart the attack … Continue Reading

Trump Hotel Settles with NY Attorney General Over Credit Card Breaches

Trump International Hotels Management has agreed to pay the State of New York $50,000 for two data breaches that exposed over 70,000 customer credit card numbers and other personal information, according to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The first data breach involved the infection of the Trump Hotels’ system with malware that affected hotels … Continue Reading

Ransomware and Malware Continue to Plague Health Care Organizations

We continue to warn health care organizations about the real and serious risks associated with ransomware and malware, but organizations don’t prepare for it adequately and are getting hit hard. Just this past week, several healthcare organizations have publicly announced that they have been victims of ransomware and malware. The organizations include a dermatology practice … Continue Reading

FCC Seeks Public Comment for Proposal to Issue Data Security Rules for Wireless Car Communication

The Federal Communications Commission issued a notice last week notifying the public that it is accepting comments on the Petition filed by Public Knowledge and the Open Technology Institute at New America, which requests a rule making process and emergency stay against car manufacturers from putting cars that can communicate with each other into the … Continue Reading

ATM vulnerability – Banks beware!

It is said that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.  Often the same is said for an organization’s data privacy & security defensives. Could it be that the ubiquitous ATM machine is the weak link to the banking system?  Thursday, July 14, IBSintelligence.com reported that in Taiwan, thieves, possibly using a … Continue Reading

Omni Hotels latest hotel chain hit with malware

Omni Hotels notified guests on Friday, July 8, 2016, that its point of sale systems were compromised with malware from December 23, 2015, through June 15, 2016. The compromise affected approximately 50,000 guests who used their credit and debit cards at 49 of its 60 locations. The information included names, credit and debit card numbers, … Continue Reading
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