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Threat Report and Ransomware Damage

Businesses hit hard by malware

  • 26 June 2019
  • Author: SIM2K
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Our June issue of SIMformation looks at a report released by Malwarebytes detailing the impact of malware in Q1 of this year, and how attacks are trending up.  For example, the City of Baltimore was hit with a ransomware attack and has spent millions to mitigate this as well as suffering an impact from lost tax and fee revenue from their on-line portal.  We also look at the issue of on-line privacy – all those websites that have a privacy policy and pledge to "not share information."  Is this really the case, and what companies are "naughty or nice" when it comes to your personal information.  The rise of Bring Your Own Device to work poses issues for management as these BYODs connect to the company network.  What steps do you need to take for effective mobile device management to shield your information from potential breaches from BYOD connections.  We also look at increases of fraud hitting companies through phishing ploys and phony invoice scams.  How do you detect and protect yourself?  Finally, Microsoft has eased up on how individual users can apply updates of Windows 10 rather than having them crammed down on you, and we discuss these changes.

Facebook Exposes Passwords

Is your information at risk?

  • 30 April 2019
  • Author: SIM2K
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In our April issue of SIMformation we look at the revelation that Facebook left user passwords on a network server in an open (not encrypted) file.  Any of the 20,000 Facebook employees  on their network could have accessed this data and done whatever with it.  So, is your information at risk and what steps can you take to guard your personal data?  We have tips.  In the "just desserts" category, a scammer has been sentenced for bilking Google and Facebook out of more than $100 million by issuing phony invoices.  At least there is some justice out their for the "bad guys."  We also look at Apple's decision to table their Air Power wireless charger product, and discuss on-line privacy and a poll from Malwarebytes on how people feel about their on-line actions - where do you compare?  Finally, we discuss the concerns in the IT industry that Ransomware is being used to cover other hacks and exploits, as the "fix" for ransomware is often "wipe and reload" meaning all old data, logs and files are erased before re-loading backups.  Some experts believe that this plays into the hands of those people doing more than just looking for some bitcoin ransoms. We have the full story, plus our usual wrap-up of news you can use.

Happy Holidays!

Windows Hello, Outlook 2016 and more

  • 20 December 2018
  • Author: SIM2K
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In our December issue of SIMformation, we discuss how biometrics may replace passwords for IT security.  Facial scans and fingerprints may replace complex passwords and two-factor authentication.  Windows 10 supports Windows Hello, Microsoft's biometric program, and we have details.  We also look at Outlook 2016 with some tips and hints to get the most from this software.  As it is the Christmas season and there are packages under the tree, it may be you will get some wearable technology this year – but is this a security risk to you and your personal information?  Also, the season leads to scams and the Secret Sister/Santa pyramid scheme is no exception.  We tell you what to look out for.  Finally, we start our look at the coming year with a few new features coming from Apple, as we know some of you are dedicated iPhone or Mac users out there.


Robocalls a Nuisance - and What You Can Do

  • 24 April 2018
  • Author: SIM2K
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In our April SIMformation we look at those pesky "Rachel from Card Services" calls and the rest of that ilk, and what you can do to help mitigate these annoying robocalls.  We also take a look at Facebook privacy issues and what your phone might be sharing to the data sweeps.  Ransomware continues to be in the news after the City of Atlanta was hit and city services shut down while their system was frozen until the ransom was paid.  As our inter-connected world grows, we discuss the potential for attacks on the Internet of Things (IoT) and how Georgia Tech has constructed a "honey pot" to help catch the bad guys before they can breach IoT devices.  And, we take a more in-depth look at Cryptojacking, wherein malware is loaded onto your devices to make them mine cryptocurrencies like Bitcoins.  This saps your computer's system, slows down your performance, and makes you an unwitting participant in someone else's business.  We discuss steps to take to detect and protect your network against Cryptojacking

(Not)Petya: A New Strain of Ransomware


  • 6 July 2017
  • Author: TMcShane
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(Not)Petya: A New Strain of Ransomware

Last Tuesday, organizations across many countries withstood another global ransomware outbreak, and the disruptive experience was all too familiar. This attack was the second in just two months to span multiple countries and compromise hundreds of thousands of machines. As businesses scrambled to secure data and restore backups, cyber-security experts around the world analyzed this new Petya-like threat...



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