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16 08, 2017

Columbus Business First People to Know in Technology – Eric Hullibarger

By |August 16th, 2017|Blog|1 Comment

Our very own founder, Eric Hullibarger, was featured in Columbus Business First last month in the People to Know section. The hard copy was printed on July 21st 2017. Congratulations Eric! Keep up the good work.

15 08, 2017

Spotlight on ransomware: Ransomware payment methods

By |August 15th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Spotlight on ransomware: Ransomware payment methods

Cybercriminals are getting more brazen, demanding bigger and bigger ransoms to decrypt the files they’ve hijacked – and it’s possible we could see demands from cyber criminals grow even more outrageous in years ahead. The average ransom amount increased from $294 in 2015 to a whopping $1,077 in 2016, according to figures collated in a [...]

21 07, 2017

What is a computer worm and how does it spread?

By |July 21st, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on What is a computer worm and how does it spread?

During his first year at Cornell in 1988, Robert Tappan Morris Jr. released what is widely considered to be the world’s first worm (an achievement that earned him three years of probation, 400 hours of community service and a $10,500 fine). When asked why he did it, Morris simply replied: “To demonstrate the inadequacies of [...]

11 07, 2017

Petya ransomware analysis: How the attack unfolded

By |July 11th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Petya ransomware analysis: How the attack unfolded

From the ashes of WannaCry has emerged a new threat: Petya. Originating in Eastern Europe on June 27, Petya ransomware quickly infected a number of major organizations in Ukraine and Russia before spreading farther afield. Companies in South America, the US and Asia all reported large-scale disruption caused by Petya. What makes the outbreak all [...]

27 06, 2017

Petya ransomware variant attacks computers worldwide

By |June 27th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Petya ransomware variant attacks computers worldwide

Hot on the heels of last month’s Wannacry attack that caught global media attention arrives the latest outbreak of ransomware that is spreading rapidly across Europe and other continents. The culprit? A new variant of the Petya ransomware family, also known as Petna in IT security circles. For the remainder of the article we will [...]

21 06, 2017

Spotlight on ransomware: Ransomware encryption methods

By |June 21st, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Spotlight on ransomware: Ransomware encryption methods

The WannaCry ransomware outbreak has raised many questions about how ransomware works and what can be done about it. How does it get into a system? What does it do when it’s in there? Our Spotlight on Ransomware series explores the different stages of a ransomware attack. This week’s focus: ransomware encryption. A ransomware infection [...]

15 06, 2017

VPNs: Your personal tunnel to privacy

By |June 15th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on VPNs: Your personal tunnel to privacy

The idea that the government collects data on everything you do online is no longer stuff of dystopian fiction. When we consider the Vault 7 revelations, Edward Snowden’s ongoing leak of NSA documents and privacy changes that allow Internet Service Providers to sell the data of their users, we can no longer plead ignorance when [...]

5 06, 2017

Doxware: Ransomware evolution or merely media hype?

By |June 5th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Doxware: Ransomware evolution or merely media hype?

The world of ransomware continues to evolve, finding clever new ways to extort victims for higher sums of money. Case in point? Doxware. This spin on ransomware not only holds your personal information for ransom but also threatens to publish identifiable details online. Imagine if someone made your name, address and private chat conversations public [...]

23 05, 2017

Botnets: Dawn of the connected dead

By |May 23rd, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Botnets: Dawn of the connected dead

It seems everything is connected these days. Toasters, baby monitors, even coffee machines have access to the internet. Almost toylike for adults, these devices are created to make your life easier, fun even. But convenience for you can also mean easy access for cybercriminals. Imagine a child surrounded by toys he has stolen from as [...]

21 05, 2017

New XData ransomware spreads faster than WannaCry

By |May 21st, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on New XData ransomware spreads faster than WannaCry

Following the emergence of the WannaCry ransomware attack campaign last week, another, possibly bigger outbreak raging predominantly across the Ukraine is underway. The culprit? A new ransomware called XData. It was spotted over the weekend by security researcher MalwareHunter. MalwareHunter is one of the people behind the ID-Ransomware service that enables users to submit ransomware samples for [...]