Tag: malware

Ransomware has exploded in popularity during the past two years, with the number of identified families growing 400 percent since 2015. It affects individuals, nonprofits and enterprises alike, but it’s is particularly fond of the healthcare industry because of the value of patient data and the criticality of hospitals. To help the healthcare IT industry (and others) learn more about ransomware, I’ve compiled a list of the most informational articles on the web to date. Health and Human Services Department …

As the gap between desktop and mobile becomes smaller and smaller, businesses are encouraging the use of mobile apps and a BYOD environment. But with this power of creativity and productivity comes responsibility to security, and that’s something many CISOs are worried about. One of these threats to enterprise security is data jacking. It’s the misuse or theft of data on a mobile from its primary owner. Examples of data jacking include ransomware, mobile malware, and theft of mobile devices …

What is malvertising?

Posted on January 11, 2017 by

Malvertising, a portmanteau of “malicious” and “advertising” has quickly become popular with bad guys everywhere. Its first appearance was detected in 2007, and it’s been on the rise ever since. What makes this form of malware so popular? Malvertising is more dangerous than typical malware because as an end user, you could be a victim without knowing it. According to Elad Sharf of Websense, malvertising attracts hackers because “they can easily spread across a large number of legitimate websites without …

According to the 2013 Bit9 Server Security Survey Report, 55 percent of IT and security professionals’ top server security concerns include targeted attacks and data breaches on their servers. Another 26 percent report they have been hit by advanced malware, up from 2011 when only 17 percent reported the same. When it comes to which kind of servers pose the highest risk, 52 percent said web servers, with file servers and email servers trailing behind at 12 and 11 percent, …

Malware with a business plan – that’s how I’d describe Cryptolocker, the latest encryption-turned-bad software to hit PCs. Categorized as ‘ransomware,’ this type of malware encrypts files on your computer and refuses to decrypt until you pay the malware authors a fee. What’s worse is the threat of permanent deletion if you don’t pay – the malware displays a countdown timer that shows you how long you have to pay up until your files are gone forever, as ThreatTrackSecurity.com reports. …

Sophos Antivirus Glitch Detected

Posted on September 21, 2012 by

On Wednesday, the Sophos antivirus software started detecting its own program updates as malware, and subsequently quarantined the executable files. As a result, the updating function was disabled and unable to update, according to ZDNet.com. Below is a screenshot of the false positive ‘malware’ from Sophos.com, detected as Shh/Updater-B: Sophos.com reports that by enabling Live Protection, you should no longer see the detections, since the files are now marked ‘clean’ in the Live Protection cloud. If you don’t have Live …

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