Yes, until your specific device is patched, you are vulnerable to attack.
There are three credit bureaus to contact to freeze your credit. Freezing your credit is the simplest way to prevent or severely minimize the effects of identity theft. If the cybercriminal cannot take out credit in your name, then they will move on to an easier target. With your credit reports frozen it makes it very difficult for anyone to take out a loan in your name. When you need a new credit card or loan, simply contact the credit bureaus and have a temporary lift put on your file.
On Friday, January 6, 2017, the U.S. Intelligence Community released a declassified document pointing direct blame on the Russian Government for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) hack, as well as the motivation behind Moscow’s intentions and influence regarding the U.S. presidential election.
Topics: Data Breach
Twitter, Reddit, Spotify, Etsy and what seems like an endless list of websites were down for an extended amount of time on Friday (Oct. 21) due to a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on Dyn. According to their website, Dyn is a cloud-based Internet Performance Management (IPM) company that provides unrivaled visibility and control into the cloud and public Internet resources. Dyn’s platform monitors, controls and optimizes applications and infrastructure through data, analytics, and traffic steering, ensuring traffic gets delivered faster, safer and more reliably than ever.
Topics: Cyber Threats
As the CEO of WatchPoint, I believe marketing our products is an extremely important part of the success of our business. We want our customers to be aware of the many ways we can protect their cybersecurity well-being.
Marin Healthcare District recently became the latest victim of a ransomware attack in California. Marin Medical Practices, the company that provides the Greenbrae, California-based district with business and healthcare system services, paid the ransom for an undisclosed fee. However, a failed backup system caused the company to lose clinical information collected in a two-week window at the district’s nine medical centers.
Relying on Auto Update within Windows does not ensure that even the most critical patches are installed in a timely manner. Below is a recent scenario of patches that were released but not installed even though they were considered Critical Updates from Microsoft.
Over the last two months, CrypMIC ransomware has emerged as a copycat of the extremely successful CryptXXX ransomware. While the most likely scenario is that the makers of CryptXXX are looking to cash in by making improvements to CrypMIC, some believe there may be a different group of hackers responsible for the variant.
Ransomware has been the most prevalent form of cyber attacks in 2016. Between the end of 2015 and the first half of 2016, ransomware saw an 800% increase in ransom paid to cyber criminals. Cyber security expert, Aleks Gostev explains why ransomware has become the most preferred weapon of choice for cyber criminals.