Newspaper headlines and Hollywood movies have shaped our understanding of computer hackers, but in the real world it’s not so simple. Some hackers are making massive contributions to the field of cybersecurity, it just depends on which hat they’re wearing that day.
If most of your company’s computers are obsolete,… …they double or even triple your chances of experiencing a data breach. This emphasizes how dangerous it is to have outdated applications, operating systems, and even web browsers. Failing to update your firmware could expose your business to major security threats.
Old vulnerabilities bringing new problems… again
By now, you may have heard of a “new” threat circulating the IT scene. I quote new, because as threats go this vulnerability is an old one. The vulnerability is a part of the architecture design in most modern CPUs (modern being within the last 20 years).
There is a lot of news and noise floating out there, so for simplicity sake, we will point you in the direction of the most useful resources on these new potential threats.
The WannaCry ransomware strain was created by amateurs who copied and pasted security vulnerabilities from a famous hacker group. It’s no longer a threat if you have updated your computer, but as evidenced by a recent announcement, the hacker group will continue to release dangerous security exploits for anyone to use.
When it comes to security, it’s better to be safe than sorry. But as the Equifax leak case has taught us, once a security breach does happen, it’s best not to be sorry twice. Read on so your business doesn’t experience the same fate as the giant, bumbling credit bureau.
The Equifax data breach is a bigger problem than you realized.
By now, most anyone reading this is aware of the cyber security attack on Equifax, and the resulting estimated hack of 143 million users’ personal information. A majority of the noise, err news, out there right now is primarily focused on what steps to take to protect your personal information, and they are right to do so.
When a cyber security researcher stopped the spread of WannaCry, the headlines praised him as a savior. But just a few short months later he was in handcuffs for allegedly creating a piece of malware that steals banking information. Even if he is innocent, it’s important to understand the difference between white hat, black hat […]
Microsoft products usually have an end-of-support date, where no more feature updates and security patches will be offered. However, earlier this month, Microsoft has released a security update for Windows XP, an operating system that has been unsupported since 2014. Although releasing a patch for an old system seems unusual, Microsoft does have its reasons.
Just like a spy movie villain...
Digital criminals are at it… again… and again! Just over a month ago, the WannaCry ransomware ran amok across vulnerable computers around the world. While it impacted roughly 200,000 users in 150 countries, it was seen in most of the cybersecurity world as a big, scary… failure.
No one can escape the news of WannaCry. The IT industry has been covering this type of malware for years, but never has one campaign spread so far or infected so many computers. Read on to gain a greater understanding of what happened and how to prepare yourself for the inevitable copy cats.