Archive for the ‘Data Protection’ Category

RansomCloud Video Demonstration by the Renowned Former Blackhat Kevin Mitnick

The threat of Ransomware isn’t limited to just on-premises servers but also includes cloud-based storage and services. Watch the renowned former Blackhat Kevin Mitnick, now a highly regarded Whitehat, execute a real-life Ransomware infection on his cloud services. Kevin calls this process Ransomcloud. Introduction: What is Ransomcloud?   Ransomcloud Demonstration with Kevin Mitnick   » Contact the experts at MTBW Services to learn how to deploy solutions to protect you against the scourge of Ransomware and RansomCloud.

Two C-Level Execs Fall Victim to 21 Million Dollar Phishing Fraud Email Scheme

A movie chain company’s Managing Director and CFO were ensnared in a Phishing Email Scheme that cost their company 21 million dollars and them their jobs. As Phishing email scams become more prevalent and their content/appearance more authentic, it is imperative that all those involved in the financial transactions of any firm be aware of the threat and educated about detecting these nefarious campaigns. Every firm should have protection mechanisms to not only block these emails, but procedures to determine the validity of any request for monetary transfers. If you need any assistance with your security posture and/or your Business…

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Four New Mac Malware Strains Exposed

Mac platforms are at risk after Malwarebytes discovered four new Mac malware strains. The attack surface for malware continues to expand. This is a reminder to all of us to be diligent in our defensive measures and to ensure our recovery mechanisms are in place. Do you have a Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery (BCDR) plan? Contact us to learn how to protect your business and how to mitigate these attacks. We are your security experts! View full article on TechTarget »

Facebook Breach and How it Affects Your Company’s Security

The recent Facebook security breach has been covered extensively not only on technical sites but also in the mainstream news. It is estimated over 50 million Facebook accounts have been compromised. The information they accessed included the email address and password associated with Facebook accounts. What is critical is to understand how this can affect your company’s security. Though many consider Facebook an individual’s and not a company’s domain, the spillover can have direct effects on your company’s security. News agencies are reporting the Facebook hack can be directly traced to the increase in the number of compromised Microsoft email…

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Definition of Ransomware

Ransomware is a subset of malware in which the data on a victim’s computer is locked, typically by encryption, and payment is demanded before the ransomed data is decrypted and access returned to the victim. The motive for ransomware attacks is nearly always monetary, and unlike other types of attacks, the victim is usually notified that an exploit has occurred and is given instructions on how to recover from the attack. Payment is often demanded in a virtual currency, such as bitcoin so that the cybercriminal’s identity isn’t known. View full article: What is Ransomware by TechTarget

Rackspace Notification and Tips About Phishing Email Attempts

This information was provided to all Rackspace partners though it applies to any email environment. In addition there are some great tips included that again apply to all email environments. “Our team identified emails which were sent to random users on our hosted email environment.  These emails state that the email address has been flagged for suspicious activity and the user is required to click a link to authenticate the account. Please note that these emails are NOT legitimate emails sent by our email hosting service.  If you notice emails that contain suspicious links or attachments, please remind your users…

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Fortinet’s Proactive Protection

MTBW Services, Inc. takes a long hard look at each company we partner with before we ever bring a product through your doors. This recent e-mail from Fortinet is exactly why we STRONGLY recommend the enterprise bundle, which includes FortiSandbox, protection for every Fortinet product we sell. “As you may know, on May 12, hackers launched a global ransomware campaign against tens of thousands of corporate and governmental targets. The ransomware encrypts files on an infected computer and asks the computer’s administrator to pay a ransom in order to regain access. The ransomware attack is apparently spreading through a Microsoft…

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Critical Ransomware Patch: This is not a test.

The IT systems of around 40 NHS organizations across the UK have been affected by a ransomware attack. Non-emergency operations have been suspended and ambulances are being diverted as a result of the attack. Non-health focused organizations around the world are also being affected, including Spanish telecommunications firm Telefonica which reported a serious issue affecting its internal network as a result of a cyberattack earlier today. The strain is called “Wanna Decrypt0r” which asks $300 from victims to decrypt their computers. Bleepingcomputer said: “Whoever is behind this ransomware has invested heavy resources into Wana Decrypt0r’s operations. In the few hours…

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Recent Real World Experience: Combating Ransomware Infection Part I Principle of Least Privilege

Just this past weekend MTBW Services was called upon to assist in the recovery from a Ransomware infection. Though never a pleasant way to spend a weekend, from our experience assisting scores of other companies infected with this insidious Malware, we were able to clean and recover the data affected. We have released an extensive checklist regarding protections in the battle against Ransomware – Ransomware Evolutions and Derivatives – but there are a few from this most recent battle that merit reiteration. The Principle of Least Privilege is a critical component in combating the ravages of Ransomware. The Principle of…

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