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2014-05-20 23:08:05

Ransomware Expands Crypto-Extortion, and Fourth Separate Ransomware Strain Discovered Tampa Bay, FL (PRWEB) May 20, 2014 CryptoLocker is ratcheting up attack levels, according to new reports issued by KnowBe4, a Tampa Bay, FL- based IT security company. The latest infections are caused by spear-phishing attacks sent to companies that have job postings at Craigs List. The bad guys look for job postings, and email resumes carrying the Cryptolocker malware as a payload. The moment anyone...

2014-05-06 23:07:19

The Crypto Malware Evolution Moves on Full Speed Ahead with New Variant - Adding a Third Cyber Gang Effort to Rake in High Stakes Tampa Bay, FL (PRWEB) May 06, 2014 Security Awareness Training expert KnowBe4 issued a warning of a third criminal ransomware gang ramping up their attacks. The malware is called CryptorBit, (also known as HowDecrypt), and follows a very similar attack process as CryptoLocker and CryptoDefense, but the malware corrupts the first 512 or 1024 bytes of -any- data...

2014-05-02 23:04:40

Companies partner to provide a holistic approach to reduce and prevent phishing attacks through improved automation and intelligence Pittsburgh, PA and New York, NY (PRWEB) May 02, 2014 Malcovery® Security, the leader in delivering actionable threat intelligence to neutralize email-based threats, and Return Path, the global leader in email intelligence, announced a partnership to deliver multi-layered brand protection to enterprises. The combined usage of the Malcovery and Return...

2014-04-23 08:39:55

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Global Learning Systems (GLS), a leading eLearning solutions provider of off-the-shelf and customized security and compliance training, announced the newest addition to its compliance library: the Anti-phishing Essentials Training course that incorporates scenario-based learning and gamification elements to educate employees on one of today's largest threats to information security. Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140422/77427...

2014-04-22 23:06:53

Commissioned paper reveals how companies can protect their network and their brand through intelligence-led security. Pittsburgh, PA and Birmingham, AL (PRWEB) April 22, 2014 Malcovery® Security, the leader in delivering actionable threat intelligence that can be applied to neutralize email-based malicious threats, today released a white paper entitled “Disrupting The Phishing Supply Chain with Threat Intelligence,” available as a free download at...

2014-04-11 12:23:49

ORLANDO, Fla., April 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Acorn Stairlifts, Inc., today issued a warning about a lottery scam targeting consumers, particularly the elderly, throughout the United States. Victims of the scam report receiving a letter that claims they have won a large cash prize from the Consumer's And Merchandise Reward Program of New York City. The letter is accompanied by a fraudulent check in the name of Acorn Stairlifts, Inc., to cover lottery fees and taxes. To collect their...

2014-04-07 04:22:19

ABINGDON, England, April 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- According to data collected as part of Kaspersky Lab's 'Financial cyber threats in 2013' [http://www.securelist.com/en/analysis/204792330/Financial_cyber_threats_in_2013_Part_1_phishing ] study, cybercriminals are trying harder than ever to acquire confidential user information and steal money from bank accounts by creating fake sites mimicking financial organisations. In 2013, 31.45 per cent of phishing attacks were trading...

2014-04-04 23:33:08

KnowBe4 issues warning to computer users of new ransomware, how to avoid infection and how to avoid being caught up in a cyber-gang war. Tampa Bay, FL (PRWEB) April 03, 2014 KnowBe4 CEO Stu Sjouwerman issued an alert today warning computer users of a new but very nasty ransomware named CryptoDefense. A copycat competitor to CryptoLocker, CryptoDefense was released in late February, 2014 and is much worse than the original. The ransomware targets text, picture, video, PDF and MS Office...

2014-03-27 23:01:55

Companies Taking Security Awareness Training Seriously - Human error ranks high on threat list; companies are turning to security awareness training to solve the problem. Tampa Bay, FL (PRWEB) March 27, 2014 Security is harder to maintain than it was a year ago according to a study done by KnowBe4, a US based security awareness company. Ransomware (CryptoLocker or CryptoDefense), rapid technology advances and adoption of BYOD create a greater challenge for businesses to stay abreast of...

Phone Scheme Has Netted IRS Impersonators At Least A Million Dollars
2014-03-21 13:56:36

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scammers impersonating the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have stolen more than $1 million through a phone scheme, accordion to the Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration (TIGTA). TIGTA warned on Thursday to beware of phone calls from individuals claiming to represent the IRS. “This is the largest scam of its kind that we have ever seen,” J. Russell George, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration,...


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