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Scammers Use Whaling Attack Emails to Pose as “Big Fish”

Scammers Use Whaling Attack Emails to Pose as “Big Fish”

Have you ever heard of what’s called a phishing attack? These are scams that are designed to trick users into handing over sensitive credentials by appearing to be someone else. However, some types of phishing scams are much more dangerous than others, with some hackers feeling ambitious enough to pull in “a big catch.” These types of attacks are called “whaling,” or the imitation of executive authority in order to get what they desire.

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Alert: Apple OS X Now at Risk of Ransomware

b2ap3_thumbnail_ransomware_now_affecting_apple_400.jpgRansomware is a major problem in both the personal and private sectors of computing, but up until very recently, Apple users had little to fear from potential ransomware hacks. Security researchers at Palo Alto Networks have discovered what’s known to be the first completed ransomware on an Apple device. The threat, called KeRanger, is officially “in the wild,” and is a danger to any Mac user.

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New CryptoJoker Ransomware is No Laughing Matter

b2ap3_thumbnail_problems_with_ransomware_400.jpgToday’s various versions of ransomware are dangerous. By forcibly locking down important files on a victim’s computer, threats like CryptoLocker and CryptoWall are posing significant threats to both businesses and ordinary computer users. However, a new type of ransomware has appeared called CryptoJoker; and we assure you, there’s nothing funny at all about this one.

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Study: 2015 Saw a 27.3% Increase In New Malware

b2ap3_thumbnail_malware_everywhere_400.jpgCyber security continues to be a major pain point for small and medium-sized businesses, even if they’re taking the fight to the latest threats with solutions like antivirus and firewalls. Significant progress has been made, yet new threats are born every day. In fact, you might be surprised to find out that a monstrous 27.3 percent of all malware in the world was created just last year. 

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Malvertising: When Advertisements on Legitimate Sites Contain Malware

b2ap3_thumbnail_malvertised_content_400.jpgAny business worth their gigabytes will practice extreme caution when surfing the Internet. Hackers tend to make users’ lives more difficult, even for those who are part of a small or medium-sized business. Teaching your employees security best practices in hopes that they’ll avoid suspicious websites isn’t a foolproof strategy, and thanks to malvertising, ensuring that your organization stays secure is more difficult.

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Alert: Don’t Call Fake Technical Support Hotlines Provided By Malware

b2ap3_thumbnail_tech_support_bomb_400.jpgComputer users, beware; there’s an intrusive malware spreading across the Internet that’s capable of locking users out of their web browsers and redirecting them to fake IT support phone numbers. The hacker’s goal is likely to steal sensitive information from users, so it’s especially important that you don’t call this fake phone number.

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Alert: Hackers Targeting ATMs to Get At Your Cash

b2ap3_thumbnail_atm_malware_400.jpgATMs are probably everyone’s favorite kind of computer. You swipe your card, enter in your PIN, and withdraw cash immediately. Many people forget that an ATM is simply a computer in disguise, though; one that can be infected with malware just as easily as any old PC can. A new type of ATM malware, GreenDispenser, is making its rounds in Mexico, and could potentially make its way to other countries if left unchecked.

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Alert: A New Android Threat Spreads Malicious Adware

b2ap3_thumbnail_cybersecurity_400.jpgMalware and viruses are so common nowadays in the technology world that it’s no surprise when new ones are created. Thus, it should come as no surprise that hackers are looking to spread smartphone malware to unsuspecting users around the world. Kemoge, a new malicious adware for the Android mobile operating system, has spread to 20 countries, and is taking the mobile device world by storm.

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Warning: CryptoWall Targets Businesses and It’s Just as Nasty as Its Cousin, CryptoLocker

b2ap3_thumbnail_cryptowall_400.jpgIn the wake of a ransomware takeover, it seems like the world can’t go a few months without some sort of data loss disaster occurring. The antics of hackers grow more dangerous and difficult to dodge, and IT departments have their hands full dealing with the fallout. What’s keeping you from contracting this ransomware, and how can you keep your business from suffering its consequences?

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Dyre Wolf Malware Bleeds Businesses of $1.5 Million Per Hack

b2ap3_thumbnail_dyre_wolf_phishing_400.jpgWith spring arriving, “winter is coming” as the new season of the critically-acclaimed television series Game of Thrones returns to millions of viewers worldwide. Ironically, there’s also a type of malware gaining traction in the online community that matches its bark with its bite, aptly dubbed Dyre Wolf. This threat has the potential to cost businesses as much as $1.5 million per hack, and takes advantage of the ever-common spear phishing tactic.

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How to Delete the Smelly Superfish App From Your Computer

b2ap3_thumbnail_superfish_one_400.jpgNormally, you can trust the software that comes preinstalled on a new computer. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case with the shopping-search app Superfish, which came installed on every Lenovo device sold between September and December 2014. If you’ve got the Superfish app on your computer, then you need to remove it before it does some superbad damages. Here’s how you do it.

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