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Amidst the summer chaos, a sneakier ransomware variant lurks
There has been a large focus on some high-profile cyberattacks this summer- the Equifax breach, WannaCry and Petya-like Ransomware, and the HBO hack to name a few. If you haven’t yet heard of Defray ransomware, you aren’t alone. This sneaky, less publicized strain has recently garnered attention after Proofprint documented it at the end of August. The name “defray” is derived from the command and control server hostname from the first observed attack. It is being spread via email attachments that are disguised as Microsoft Word documents. The attack campaigns are very narrow and selective. Each organization is specifically targeted and malicious material is custom crafted and socially engineered to deceive the victims. If you work in Healthcare or Education, you may need to be extra vigilant for signs of Defray ransomware being spread.
Risks from Ransomware, breaches, disasters and more
Data breaches, ransomware, data theft and more can bring a business to its knees while the damage is overcome. A business owner's insurance policy probably isn't sufficient to cover claims from a cyber incident, That's why we sat down with Todd Carbrey of NSB Insurance to discuss what a business owner needs to consider for good coverage in a cyberinsurance policy. Likewise, with the two hurricanes that hit Texas and Florida, do you have a business continuity and disaster recovery plan for your business? Both topics are discussed in this month's issue. The Equifax data breach is a major concern, and we have some information on what you should do to try to protect your personal data that may be at risk. Ransomware continues to be problematic, as estimates now say costs for infections will exceed $5 billion in 2017, and we look at how CylancePROTECT® helps bolster your defense against malware. And, we have a more in-depth look at two-factor authentication and how this provides more protection against unauthorized logins to your network. Our partnership with Duo lets us easily put two-factor authentication to work for you.
Equifax breach: Some important stuff you need to know
Security Update: Turn off Bluetooth when not using it.
Would you be surprised to learn that hackers have found a way to exploit the Bluetooth capabilities on your devices? With all of the headlines floating around nowadays, nothing hackers try should come as a shock. Nonetheless, it has been done, and now it is your duty to take the necessary, albeit inconvenient, steps to protect yourself by turning off Bluetooth when not in use. The malware has been dubbed “Blueborne”, and we are going to unpack it more in depth in this week’s post, as well as shed light on a security application that had been bundled with malware unbeknownst to them. We’ll also give you the latest on the Equifax security breach.
Have you checked if your data has been breached?
Equifax Security Breach Update
We’re going to start this week off by sharing the latest updates on the Equifax security breach that occurred last week. If you are an Equifax customer and haven’t checked to see if you have been affected, our last post shares a link where you can do so (or you can call 1-866-447-7559). As investigations into the breach continue, additional holes in Equifax’s security have been revealed. We also discuss a very important Amazon patent that is set to expire this year and its effect on the world of ecommerce.
143 million customers effected in Equifax data hack
Equifax Security Breach
Breaking news this morning revealed yet another case of cybercrime- this time amounting to one of the biggest data breaches in US history. About 143 million customers were affected by the breach, which included compromised credit card and social security numbers, birth dates and drivers licenses. Equifax is a credit reporting agency and is trusted with all sorts of customer’s sensitive information. Since the data breach, Equifax stock dropped more than 8% per share, exemplifying just how crippling one of these events can be to a business.