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Ransomware Still an Issue in 2018

Plus, are you prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse?

  • 19 February 2018
  • Author: SIM2K
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In our February issue of SIMformation we look at the continuing threat from ransomware and other malware.  Statistics show 81% of businesses have suffered some form of a cyberattack, so we want everyone to be vigilant and know the most prevalent malware vectors and how to defend against attacks.  We have covered this before, but a refresher is helpful as we kick off this year. We follow up on last month's news of the Intel chip flaw – Meltdown and Spectre – and what are the latest steps from the hardware makers to counter this flaw.  The early rush to "fix" this resulted in a "whoa" moment as the fix was called back by several companies, so here is the latest news on actions taken and still to come.

 

Speaking of malware, we look at how YouTube videos were infected with malware that permitted PCs to mine digital currency on the sly.  Your PC's processor, memory and your electricity was consumed generating a digital coin, Monero, if infected.  We present some basic information on what data Windows 10 collects.  When first released, there was major privacy concerns about what data this operating system was collecting and returning to Microsoft.  A new app helps shed light on what diagnostic data is collected – no personal data is ever shared.  Finally, we hope you are prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse – or any disaster, fire, theft or flood that could disrupt your work.  Every company should have a Business continuity and recovery plan and we offer tips of what your plan should encompass.

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.

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