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Who Hacked the Olympics?

Top intelligence officials acknowledge Russia's presence as 2018 midterms approach.

  • 14 February 2018
  • Author: TMcShane
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Opening Ceremonies under cyberattack

As the 2018 Winter Olympics commenced with the opening ceremony on Friday in South Korea, the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee was rattled by a cyberattack on their servers. An unidentified cybercriminal hacked and infiltrated the network, downing some computer systems for multiple hours during opening ceremonies. Dubbed ‘Olympic Destroyer’, the malware had no effect on the security or safety of any spectators or athletes, but did shut down the Pyeongchang Olympics website, inconveniencing thousands of fans that purchased tickets online. The attack also killed the wifi in many locations throughout the large facility complex, and threatened to cancel drone shows that were years in the planning.

Ransomware hits local Indiana Hospital

Hancock Regional Hospital coughs up huge ransom to hackers

  • 17 January 2018
  • Author: TMcShane
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Hancock Regional Hospital coughs up huge ransom to hackers

Yesterday, it was reported that a ransomware infection infiltrated the systems of Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield, IN. The strain, known as SamSam, entered the hospital’s network via an infected vendor and then encrypted the files on it, making them completely inaccessible for hospital staff. In response, and for multiple different reasons and factors, leadership at the hospital made the ultimate decision to pay the ransom, and luckily their files were returned…

Newly Discovered Computer Chip Flaws Put Nearly ALL Modern Computers at Risk

Want to learn how you can protect yourself?

  • 4 January 2018
  • Author: TMcShane
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"Meltdown" and "Spectre"

Multiple research teams at academic and cybersecurity organizations (and even Google) have uncovered 2 flaws relating to computer chips that affect nearly every modern computer. The flaws have been dubbed "Meltdown" and "Spectre", and both create vulnerabilities that hackers can take advantage of. Microsoft, Apple and Linux are all issuing updates, though it is unclear when these will be available. Google has released a statement that Android users with the most recent security updates are protected. All SIM2K Cylance subscribers are protected from Meltdown and Spectre.

U.S. Declares Who is Responsible for WannaCry

A database on the Dark Web has 1.4 billion credentials, how many belong to you?

  • 19 December 2017
  • Author: TMcShane
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U.S. acknowledges North Korea behind WannaCry attacks

              

  Remember that global ransomware attack back in May? The one that left over 200,000 computers in over 150 countries encrypted, including the UK’s National Health Service? The U.S. declared on Monday that they have identified who is responsible, and the answer should come at no shock…

BREAKING NEWS: Net Neutrality Rules Repealed

FCC votes 3-2 in favor of rolling back Net Neutrality laws

  • 14 December 2017
  • Author: TMcShane
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The Net is Neutral No More


                This Thursday, members of the Federal Communications Committee voted in favor of rolling back Obama-era Net Neutrality rules. This decision marks a big-time win for large internet service providers (ISP’s), who will now have much more control over the way Americans use the internet. Net Neutrality was created to ensure a level playing field among content creators, both big and small, by preventing ISP’s from slowing or accelerating connection speed to certain websites. Without Net Neutrality laws in place, ISP’s have the ability to block, throttle or prioritize content based on their choosing.

 

                The votes came in at 3-2 in favor of scrapping Net Neutrality rules. “Consumers benefit, entrepreneurs benefit. Everybody in the internet economy is better off with a market based approach.” said Chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai. He believes that this shift will spur investment and innovation, and give consumers more options when selecting internet plans. While the votes are in, the general public shouldn’t expect to notice any big changes in the short term but over time, ramifications could be drastic. “What this proposal would do is it would give broadband providers the legal right and the power to start blocking websites, or censoring content if they don’t have a commercial relationship with that content.” said Commissioner Rosenworcel, who voted against Net Neutrality rollbacks. “The open internet as we know it could change. Perhaps not immediately, but over time. And I think that’s troubling.”

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