Malvertising on the Rise!

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On August 5, security giant Cisco Systems released their midyear security report, which focused on multiple different vulnerabilities hackers are currently using, across the globe.  While most of the report featured numerous low-risk vulnerabilities, that we’ve been seeing for some time now, they also identified a new trend on the rise, called ‘malvertising’. Now, in today’s more tech-savvy culture, many of us …

What is CryptoWall?

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CryptoWall is a file-encrypting ransomware program, released this past April,that targets all versions of Windows including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. This program is very similar to the CryptoDefense ransomware, in that CryptoWall’s decryption service is almost identical to the one for CryptoDefense. When you are first infected with CryptoWall, it will scan your computer for …

The Heartbleed Bug

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The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. OpenSSL provides security and privacy for communications over the Internet, used for applications such as web transactions, email, instant messaging (IM) and some virtual private networks (VPNs).  The Heartbleed Bug allows theft of the information, normally protected by encryption used to secure the Internet. The Heartbleed …

Scareware

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Scareware is described as scamming software that indicates you have problems with your machine (that you do not), that the program can “fix” if you purchase this software.  A healty amount of these ‘scareware’ programs are actually malicious, and can install malware on your system.  Others are simply there to making you think you can greatly improve your system’s performance.  …