Files in Microsoft may not be as safe as they appear

Posted by - January 10, 2022

ZLoader is a popular malware among hackers, and has recently been used to steal user credentials and other sensitive information by exploiting a vulnerability in Microsoft’s digital signature verification. So how does this affect you?  Microsoft’s signature verification tool Authenticode is used to ensure that a file is legitimate and trustworthy. Researchers at Check Point… Read more »

The VA General Assembly was Attacked- What Happens Now?

Posted by - December 27, 2021

On December 12th, the Virginia General Assembly was hit by a ransomware attack. Specifically, the Legislative Automated Systems branch was attacked by currently unnamed threat actors. This department essentially acts as the information technology arm of the state legislature, dealing with affairs involving publication production and distribution, computer technology information, and legislative information collection and… Read more »

The Log4j Bug is of the Most Serious Threats in Recent Years

Posted by - December 20, 2021

As you may have seen on the news, on December 9th, 2021, a zero-day exploit was observed targeting Log4j, a ubiquitous open-source logging tool. In short, Log4J is a logging tool for programs to track any errors that may occur within an application. The bug (known as Log4Shell) has affected thousands of various systems across the… Read more »

Are Scammers Watching your Donations this Holiday Season?

Posted by - December 20, 2021

It’s giving season! As the holidays roll around this year, there are plenty of reasons to give back to your community. Americans donated $471.44 billion in 2020, an over 5% increase from 2019. Unfortunately, scammers are well aware of the uptick in charitable donations, and will likely target those altruistic efforts for their own self… Read more »

Hey Google, Stop Listening!

Posted by - December 01, 2021

If you’re someone who owns a smart device (or expects to receive one this holiday season), you may be concerned about the security of these devices. Apple, Amazon, and Google home gadgets can be convenient ways to consume information or communicate with others, but given these companies’ controversial histories of recording and reviewing voice data… Read more »

Is Your WordPress Website Safe?

Posted by - November 24, 2021

In the past few weeks, hundreds of WordPress sites have experienced an onslaught of ransomware attacks. The hackers implement encryption notices and demand a ransom of 0.1 Bitcoin, which equates to roughly $5,500 dollars.   The hackers include a countdown timer and tell the website owners that they will delete their entire website, which for a… Read more »

Top 3 Tips to Shop Safely this Holiday Season

Posted by - November 22, 2021

Happy Holidays! We hope your season is filled with family, friends, and delicious food. As the holidays approach, you’ll no doubt be thinking about partaking in Cyber Monday deals to prepare for the holidays. In 2020 alone, 72.4 million people shopped on Cyber Monday. Unsurprisingly, as Cyber Monday sales have increased over the past few… Read more »

TSA Fights Back Against Wave of Transportation Cyberattacks

Posted by - October 25, 2021

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently announced that it will soon implement new cybersecurity requirements on the railroad and airline industries. To many, this comes as no surprise, as critical infrastructure has been subject to a slew of high-profile cybersecurity attacks this past year. The new directives will all but waive existing voluntary cybersecurity measures… Read more »

How Big of a Threat is Killware?

Posted by - October 25, 2021

Many cybersecurity experts are now warning of a new ware called killware. Unlike ransomware and malware, which primarily aim to gain money and access to sensitive data, killware’s aim is to take lives. Authorities warn that these types of attacks could impact hospitals, transportation, law enforcement agencies, banks, and even the water supply. Hospitals specifically… Read more »

Will this Streaming Platform Experience another Breach?

Posted by - October 25, 2021

In early October, an anonymous 4chan user posted a 125GB torrent link to the 4chan site containing breached data from the popular streaming platform Twitch. The hacker claimed that the intent of the leak was to “foster more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space”, suggesting that the breach was driven by spiteful… Read more »