By -- 2024-04-22 in Blog

Thread hijacking attacks, a sophisticated form of social engineering, occur when an individual’s email account is compromised, and the attacker sends malicious emails from that account within an ongoing email thread. This method leverages the recipient’s trust in the sender and curiosity to trick them into clicking on malicious links or attachments.

In a recent incident discussed by KrebsonSecurity, Brett Sholtis, a writer for, found himself targeted in such an attack. He received suspicious emails purportedly from Adam Kidan, a businessman with a questionable past, amidst an ongoing email thread. These emails, with subject lines like “Re: Successfully sent data” and “Acknowledge New Work Order,” contained a malicious attachment.

Upon clicking the attachment, Sholtis was redirected to a fake Microsoft Office 365 login page designed to capture his credentials.

Fortunately, Sholtis promptly forwarded the emails to his organization’s IT team, who recognized them as phishing attempts.

Thread hijacking attacks pose a significant challenge for detection due to their deceptive nature. Since they originate from a familiar contact and exploit curiosity rather than urgency, they can easily deceive recipients. It’s crucial for individuals and organizations to remain vigilant and report suspicious emails promptly to prevent falling victim to such attacks.

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By -- 2024-04-18 in Blog

Details of the Attack

In a recent blog post, LastPass revealed the details of an attempted AI driven scam. An employee received multiple WhatsApp communications, including calls, texts, and a voice message, purportedly from the company’s CEO, Karim Toubba.

Recognizing the communication as unusual and potentially fraudulent, they promptly reported it to the internal security team, preventing any compromise of sensitive information.

Utilizing AI voice-cloning technology, scammers attempted to manipulate trust and exploit vulnerabilities within the company. Fortunately, LastPass’s emphasis on employee awareness and a culture of security enabled swift detection and response.

Deepfake Scams on the Rise

As LastPass noted in their blog post, such attacks are becoming increasingly prevalent. The use of deepfake technology, as seen in a recent $25 million scam in Hong Kong, underscores the potential consequences of these sophisticated tactics.

The aftermath of the 2022 breach has undoubtedly left LastPass employees on edge regarding potential security risks. However, the recent thwarted scam demonstrates the importance of skepticism and critical thinking in mitigating such threats.

Lessons Learned

LastPass’s experience serves as a cautionary tale for security startups and established organizations alike. In an era of evolving cyber threats and sophisticated scams, maintaining a proactive approach to security is paramount. By fostering a culture of security awareness and leveraging advanced technologies, organizations can defend against AI-driven scammers and safeguard sensitive information effectively.

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By -- 2024-04-15 in Uncategorized

Email remains king as the primary form of communication in the modern workforce. However, its extensive use also makes it a prime target for cyber threats. According to a recent report by Cofense, a staggering 90% of data breaches stem from phishing attacks, establishing it as the leading vector for cybercrime in 2024.

Who is especially at risk of these attacks? Any industry handling sensitive and valuable data. The healthcare, legal, and financial industries are prime examples of high value targets.

Despite advancements in security, malicious emails are still slipping past defenses, with a 104.5% increase in breaches bypassing secure email gateways. The rise of new threats, like QR code-related attacks, adds complexity to the landscape. New malware families are continuing to emerge with the rise of phishing schemes.

To combat these threats, organizations must promote a culture of security awareness. Encouraging practices like two-factor authentication and password updates, along with cautious sharing of sensitive information, is crucial.

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By -- 2024-04-10 in Blog

Latrodectus, a recently discovered malware, may be sitting in your inbox. First appearing in phishing campaigns in late November 2023, the malware has raised major concerns in the cybersecurity community because it can bypass protections to execute malicious code to the user.

Its infiltration tactics involve deceiving victims with fake legal threats, leading them to download malicious JavaScript files that initiate the malware’s payload.

Once Latrodectus infiltrates a system, it establishes communication with a command-and-control server (C2) and awaits further instructions. Unfortunately, its ability to detect and evade firewalls and antivirus programs makes it exceptionally challenging to detect and mitigate.

With commands enabling file enumeration, code execution, and process manipulation, Latrodectus grants cybercriminals unprecedented control over compromised systems.

In light of this emerging threat landscape, heightened vigilance and robust security measures are essential. By staying informed and implementing best practices for cybersecurity, individuals and organizations can defend against Latrodectus and similar malicious actors.

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By -- 2024-04-5 in Blog

Microsoft has decided to separate its popular video meeting application, Teams, from its commercial Microsoft 365 and Office 365 suites. The unbundling is a result of European antitrust regulations and global changes in business practices.

Initially implemented in the European Economic Area and Switzerland in October 2023, this move is now going global as of April 1.

Why the Unbundling?

The European Commission’s investigation into Microsoft Teams, prompted by an antitrust complaint from Slack in 2020, highlighted two key concerns: improving customer choice and enhancing information exchange with competitor products.

Failure to comply with these directives could have resulted in significant fines, prompting Microsoft’s proactive response.

Cost Considerations

Following the unbundling, Office plans without Teams for commercial customers will range from $7.75 to $54.75 per user per month, while Teams will be available as a standalone product for $5.25 per user per month.

What’s Next?

Organizations will now face a choice on how they wish to proceed based on this new development. Some customers may choose to keep Teams because they are comfortable with its interface, while others may begin to edge it out to cut costs.

To learn more about the differences in the Microsoft and Office 365 suites, make sure to register for our upcoming webinar to discover which plan makes the most sense for you/your organization.

By -- 2024-04-4 in Blog

Reports have surfaced detailing a sinister phishing campaign that leverages what appears to be a flaw in Apple’s password reset mechanism. Victims find themselves bombarded with a barrage of system-level prompts, rendering their devices virtually unusable until they respond to each prompt with either an “Allow” or “Don’t Allow.” This inundation tactic, dubbed “push bombing” or “MFA fatigue,” aims to overwhelm users into making hasty decisions, potentially compromising their accounts.

Staying Vigilant

The most important thing to know if you are faced with this attack is to not press Allow despite the persistent notifications. However, even if all notifications are declined – you may receive a call from an “Apple Representative” asking to confirm information.

In this case, hang up and call the actual Apple support number if you want to confirm. Never give personal information over the phone without thoroughly vetting the caller.

Here are some additional essential tips to help safeguard:

Exercise Caution: Be wary of unexpected requests or notifications, especially those demanding urgent action.

Verify Authenticity: Legitimate organizations like Apple typically won’t initiate outbound calls without prior arrangement. When in doubt, contact the company through official channels.

Enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA): Implementing additional layers of security, such as 2FA, can provide an added barrier against unauthorized access.

Report Suspicious Activity: If you encounter any suspicious activity or believe you’ve been targeted by a phishing attempt, report it to the relevant authorities immediately.

Final Thoughts

As technology continues to permeate every aspect of our lives, so too do the risks. By remaining vigilant and informed, we can navigate the digital landscape with confidence, thwarting the efforts of cybercriminals seeking to exploit our vulnerabilities.

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By -- 2024-03-29 in Blog

For many small business owners, tax season is a time of crunching numbers, gathering documents, and ensuring regulation compliance.  Unfortunately, hackers take advantage of this busy period to take advantage of unsuspecting businesses.

The Phishing Net:

With tax-related phishing scams, hackers may impersonate the IRS or tax preparation services, luring businesses into providing confidential information.

Spoofing and Impersonation:

During tax season, small businesses may receive emails purportedly from tax authorities, prompting them to click on malicious links or download attachments containing malware. Once compromised, hackers can steal valuable data, hijack accounts, or even deploy ransomware, holding critical files hostage until a ransom is paid.

Fake Tax Refunds and Payments:

Another common scam involves fake tax refunds or payments. Hackers may intercept communication between businesses and tax authorities, altering bank account information to redirect refunds or payments to fraudulent accounts.

Protect Yourself from Scams

As tax season rolls around, small businesses face a heightened risk of falling victim to cyber scams. To protect your business:

1. Educate employees about phishing.

2. Use secure communication channels.

3. Enable multi-factor authentication.

4. Stay updated on cybersecurity trends.

5. Verify requests for sensitive information.

6. Keep software and systems updated.

7. Backup data regularly.

By staying vigilant and implementing these measures, businesses can defend against tax season scams and safeguard their sensitive information.

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By -- 2024-03-26 in Blog

Since many of us spend as much time online as we do offline, it’s just as important to fresh your digital space as it is your physical space. Just like decluttering your home, organizing your digital space can boost efficiency, productivity, and even cybersecurity. Below are four tips to help you jump into your virtual Spring cleaning:

Declutter Your Digital Desktop:

If your desktop is cluttered and overwhelming, take some time to tidy it up by creating folders and categorizing files logically. Consider using a system like “Work,” “Personal,” or “Projects” to streamline your workflow.

Update and Secure Your Software:

Instead of hitting “dismiss reminder” again, update your software. Bonus points if you check for updates for your operating system, antivirus software, web browsers, and any other applications you use regularly. These updates often include security patches that help protect your system from vulnerabilities.

Clean Up Your Email Inbox:

An overflowing inbox can be overwhelming and hinder productivity. Take control by unsubscribing from newsletters you no longer read and deleting unnecessary emails. Create folders and filters to organize incoming messages automatically.

Backup Your Data:

Data loss can happen unexpectedly, whether due to hardware failure, malware, or accidental deletion. Protect your valuable files by backing them up regularly. Invest in a reliable backup solution, such as cloud storage or an external hard drive, and schedule automated backups to ensure your data is always


Just like the physical world, our digital lives can benefit from a spring cleaning refresh. By following these IT spring cleaning tips, you can declutter your digital space, enhance security, and streamline your workflows.

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By -- 2024-03-25 in OptfinITy News

Washington, DC, March 25th, 2024 — OptfinITy, a leading provider of innovative IT solutions, is excited to announce its participation in the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC) 2024 Business Expo. The event, scheduled to take place on March 28th at Walter E. Washington Convention Center, promises to be a dynamic platform for businesses to connect, showcase their offerings, and foster collaboration within the vibrant Washington DC business community.

The GWHCC Business Expo has established itself as a premier networking event, bringing together a diverse array of businesses, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders. OptfinITy is proud to be a part of this exciting occasion, where it will have the opportunity to engage with fellow professionals, share its innovative solutions, and contribute to the overall growth and success of the local business landscape.

At the OptfinITy booth, attendees can participate in giveaway opportunities and learn more about OptfinITy’s cutting edge solutions. The company’s team of experts will be on hand to provide insights, answer questions, and discuss how OptfinITy can meet the unique needs of businesses and organizations.

OptfinITy’s participation in the GWHCC 2024 Business Expo reflects its commitment to fostering economic development, supporting local businesses, and building meaningful connections within the community. The expo provides an ideal platform for OptfinITy to showcase its commitment to excellence, innovation, and customer satisfaction.

“We are thrilled to be a part of the GWHCC 2024 Business Expo and look forward to connecting with fellow businesses, entrepreneurs, and decision-makers. This event is a fantastic opportunity for us to share our expertise, build valuable relationships, and contribute to the continued success of the local business community,” said Michael Drobnis CEO at OptfinITy.

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About OptfinITy:

OptfinITy is a leading provider of comprehensive IT solutions, offering a wide range of services to empower businesses with cutting-edge technology. With a focus on delivering exceptional customer experiences, OptfinITy combines technical expertise with a commitment to community engagement. As the Mid-Size Business of the Year, OptfinITy continues to set industry standards for excellence, innovation, and social responsibility. Contact 703-790-0400 or to learn more.

By -- 2024-03-20 in Blog

Is your organization’s website hosted on WordPress? According to a recent discovery by the Wordfence team, your site may be at risk. The Wordfence team at WordPress security company Defiant have unveiled critical vulnerabilities in two discontinued MiniOrange plugins, as well as another concerning flaw in the widely-used RegistrationMagic plugin. These vulnerabilities pose significant risks to thousands of WordPress websites, potentially leading to complete site compromise.

Addressing The Threat

The first alarming revelation comes with the discontinuation of the Malware Scanner and Web Application Firewall plugins from MiniOrange. These plugins contained a critical-severity vulnerability, with a CVSS score of 9.8. The flaw, identified as a missing capability check, allowed unauthenticated attackers to escalate their privileges to administrator status.

Shockingly, this vulnerability enabled attackers to change any user’s password without authentication or password validation. Site owners are strongly advised to remove these plugins immediately to mitigate the potential risks of exploitation.

Unfortunately, the threat doesn’t end there. Another privilege escalation, impacting over 10,000 active installations, allowed authenticated users, even those with subscriber roles, to elevate their privileges to administrators. Through an insecure implementation of a function responsible for updating user roles, attackers could effectively take over vulnerable websites.

Implications For Businesses + Organizations

These recent incidents underscore the critical importance of promptly addressing vulnerabilities within WordPress plugins. With the sheer number of plugins available, site owners must remain vigilant and proactive in their security measures.

Regularly updating plugins, conducting security audits, and promptly removing discontinued or vulnerable plugins are essential steps in safeguarding WordPress websites against potential exploits.

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