Tag: Network Security

Ransomware may have possibly taken the crown as THE crime to beat in 2016, with record growth and profits for criminals. The healthcare industry is a particularly attractive target, because hospital systems are often vulnerable and the critical nature of patient data means they are more likely to pay out than risk being locked out of their files. While payments used to start around $50, the average payout is now $679, with $209 million paid out in Q1 of 2016 …

Many major internet sites were slow or entirely downed on Friday thanks to at least two Distributed Denial of Service attacks, according to Engadget. The first attack came Friday morning at 7:10 a.m. and affected Dyn, one of the major domain name systems of the internet. Affected sites included Twitter, Spotify, Reddit and The New York Times. Dyn claimed to have everything back up and running, but another attack hit at about 12 p.m., causing Twitter to shut down entirely …

Last month, the U.S. Department of Energy had its computer systems hacked. Last Friday, an email was sent to all the employees explaining that their Washington location had been compromised, making off with the personal information of employees and contractors. The DOE, who maintains control of important functions such as nuclear reactor production, energy conservation research and implementation, energy production, and radioactive waste disposal, says that none of the information taken was confidential. In an email to its employees, the …

Online Tech attended, exhibited and spoke at the 2012 SecureWorld Expo in Detroit, Michigan last week. Here’s a recap of some of the sessions: Day 1: Opening Keynote – Rick Moy: “Security Product Considerations” Key objectives of evaluations include security/performance needs, fitting into enterprise (policies and procedures), as well as the efficient use of funds and resources. Moy stated that ‘it used to be assumed that hacking is hard, now access is presumed’, underlining some of the changes in perspective …

Troubleshooting is often a long road filled with many turns that could lead you down the wrong path, further away from a resolution. It is quite frustrating to spend several hours on a single issue that in the end turns out to have a simpler solution that could have been discovered earlier if the proper tools had been utilized. The support team at Online Tech is always searching for an effective tool to assist in troubleshooting the myriad of issues …

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