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2014-08-05 23:05:34

Busy summer expected for IT managers as new ransomware makes the rounds Tampa Bay, FL (PRWEB) August 05, 2014 System administrators aren’t likely to get much rest this summer. KnowBe4 CEO Stu Sjouwerman issued a “second-gen malware alert” to warn IT managers of new threats bursting on the scene. This confirms IT fears of an increase in ransomware from a survey done at the end of June by KnowBe4. Kaspersky recently reported a new second-generation type of ransomware marketed as...

2014-07-17 23:05:54

New Strain of Ransomware CryptoWall Leads to Data Breach for Brokerage House Tampa Bay, FL (PRWEB) July 17, 2014 The recent data breach at brokerage house Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. (BFE) was a result of a CryptoLocker copycat ransomware called CryptoWall, according to a document posted on the DOJ.NH website. The brokerage house announced this week that they had suffered the data breach on May 24, 2014 when they had their computer systems compromised by an unauthorized third party....

2014-07-09 23:07:37

High Stakes Cyber-Ransom Likely to Become the New Norm with Mobile Devices as Prey Tampa Bay, FL (PRWEB) July 09, 2014 In response to a recent study done on IT professionals, KnowBe4 CEO Stu Sjouwerman announced an extension of the company’s offer to pay any customer’s cyber ransom with Bitcoin if they are hit after stepping through KnowBe4’s security awareness training. Our 300+ sample study shows 88% of IT professionals expect ransomware to grow the rest of this year. The...

2014-07-01 23:06:32

Security Awareness Training and Backup Voted Most Effective Solutions to Combat CryptoLocker Tampa Bay, FL (PRWEB) July 01, 2014 A new survey by IT Security company KnowBe4 shows the growing alarm among IT Pros about the threat of ransomware like the infamous CryptoLocker. The KnowBe4 June 2014 survey over 300 IT Pros compared the levels of concern over ransomware to a similar survey by IT Security company Webroot in January this year. The study showed the rapidly growing apprehension...

2014-06-24 23:02:32

KnowBe4’s Ransomware “We Pay if You’re Hit” Protection Gives Businesses a Safety Net Tampa Bay, FL (PRWEB) June 24, 2014 Even with the recent international law enforcement "Operation Tovar" shutting down Cryptolocker operations, it appears the number one ransomware Trojan is back in business. KnowBe4 reports a new strain of the infamous CryptoLocker has been found. The new Trojan does not rely on the 2048-bit RSA encryption and does not need any communication with a...

2014-06-05 23:08:58

KnowBe4’s confidence in its security awareness training prompts their offer of crypto-insurance against ransomware Tampa Bay, FL (PRWEB) June 05, 2014 In a bold move, IT security firm KnowBe4 announced it will pay a company’s ransom in Bitcoin if they get hit with ransomware due to human error of an employee. Security experts agree It will only be a matter of weeks before CryptoLocker or a variant will be back in business as the criminals who created it are still on the loose. When it...

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...

2014-04-15 23:03:13

Burdensome Compliance Management Processes are Eating Into IT Budget Tampa Bay, FL (PRWEB) April 15, 2014 A new Osterman study, sponsored by Security Awareness Training company KnowBe4, shows a low satisfaction level with current methods of managing compliance, despite the fact that 63% consider regulatory compliance to be “very important”. Only 13% are very satisfied with the current methods they use. Osterman's research also found typically 19% of compliance and audit time each...

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...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.