A Google Docs phishing scheme is taking the internet by storm this week. A client of ours received an email from one of their colleagues similar to the screenshot below.
Ransomware attacks have beome a grave threat to businesses across the world. Cybercriminals use data encrypting ransomware to hold a companies data hostage until a ransom of hundreds or several thousand dollars has been paid. Since a majority of ransomware attacks are delivered to your end users in email, it's important to educate your end users of the danger that ranomware poses and what they can do to help protect the company from ransomware. Here is a short letter you can email your employees to inform them of the dangers of ransomware.
Cybercriminals stooped to new lows this week after the death of Aaron Hernandez. It was reported yesterday that the former New England Patriots tight end and convicted murderer committed suicide in his jail cell. Aaron took his life the same day the 2017 Super Bowl champion New England Patriots were invited to meet with President Donald Trump in the White House. The fall from grace of Aaron Hernandez was widely recounted in the news media starting June 26, 2013, with his arrest and charge of murder for the death of Odin Lloyd. Things never got better for Aaron. Just one day before his alleged suicide Hernandez was charged with two previous murders and implicated in the shootings of three other individuals in two separate incidents dating back to when Aaron attended college.
In 2016, several hospitals and healthcare organizations were hit with ransomware attacks. In fact, between October 2016 and February 2017, 42.77% of cyberattacks targeted healthcare organizations. With ransomware attacks predicted to quadruple by 2020, cybersecurity spending is also predicted to exceed $65 billion for the healthcare industry.
Phishing is one of the most common attack vectors hackers use to initially infiltrate a user’s system. Phishing is an attempt to obtain user credentials, financial data, or other sensitive information by emulating a legitimate email communication. Phishing emails can also be used to trick a user into clicking on a malicious attachment or link that is embedded into an email. Spear phishing, on the other hand, is a targeted phishing campaign where hackers first research their target individual or company to increase their chance of success. By doing this, hackers attempt to appear more trustworthy as a legitimate business entity thus making the target less suspicious. Spear phishing presents a much greater threat than phishing in general as the targets are often high-level executives of large corporations.