Last week, security experts revealed a nasty new global ransomware attack: Bad Rabbit. But this is no Halloween trick — Bad Rabbit appears to be a variation of the WannaCry and Petya attacks, which infected hundreds of thousands of computers earlier this year and disrupted day-to-day operations for businesses around the globe.
In May 2017, the WannaCry ransomware attack infected more than 230,000 computers in 150 countries, encrypting data, demanding Bitcoin ransom for its return, and disabling computer systems at the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, Spain’s biggest telecommunications provider, Russian banks, and much more.
The prospect of giving a PowerPoint presentation can be downright petrifying. All that energy spent writing concise bullet points, making sure fonts, photos, and formats match up, building transitions between slides, getting the finished package to play properly… That’s all before you have to stand up in front of a crowd and command the room for 15 or 30 minutes with winning conversation and an easygoing attitude.
Last week, Equifax, one of the three largest consumer credit reporting agencies in the United States, reported that a massive data breach exposed the Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, and other private information of more than 143 million US residents.
For many of us, September 5th is a day to return to work energized after the Labor Day weekend. The kids are back in school, fall is right around the corner, and we feel confident about our ability to tackle the new week’s obstacles — only to be confronted by an inbox bursting at its seams with unread emails.
Hurricane Harvey’s Devastation Highlights the Critical Need for Disaster Preparation and Safe Damage Assessment
Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast last Friday night as a Category 4 storm with winds in excess of 130 mph. By Sunday, Harvey’s path of destruction spread inland, claiming at least five lives and flooding the Houston metropolitan area with record-breaking rainfall — in some areas, more than 30 inches and counting.
Many of us know the feeling: a computer or laptop crashes, bringing productivity to a standstill. If you’re lucky, you have a tech-savvy friend or hard-working employee who will go the extra mile to try to keep systems in working order. Or maybe you know an IT professional who is available to diagnose problems and resolve major issues.
In these email-dominated days, phishing attempts are a fact of life. More than half of all users who receive these fraudulent messages end up opening such emails — and many even fall for the scam.
The aim of phishing emails is to gather personal information about you, generally related to your login credentials, passwords, or finances.
The Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begins today, June 1st. But even if you don’t live along the East or Gulf Coasts, a significant outbreak of severe weather that swept through the Mountain West, Great Plains, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast just before Memorial Day brings one fact into sharp focus: businesses big and small must be prepared with backup and disaster preparedness solutions that protect data, systems, and employees.
As the WannaCry Ransomware Cyberattack Spread Across the Globe, What Was Needed to Protect Your Computers?
The most extensive ransomware attack in history spread around the globe last week. Utilizing a Microsoft Windows vulnerability and the malicious software meant to exploit it, unidentified hackers used tools first revealed in April after classified information was stolen from the National Security Agency.