INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FOR SMBs
Our blog articles archive includes it security tips, cybersecurity alerts, state of IT reports, and tips on information technology for small and medium size businesses.
Abnormal Security, an email security vendor, has published a report on a new phishing campaign discovered that uses a compromised account, a trusted email security system (such as Zix, is an email security vendor with a primary focus on email encryption solutions), and multiple redirect links. The email is crafted to create a sense of security and authenticity as the header and footer include a message that the email was sent securely using the Zix email encryption system. When the
Global Insurance Underwriter AXA Group Drops Reimbursement for Ransomware Payouts, Reinforces the Need for Businesses to Bolster Their Cyber Defenses The AXA Group is a Paris-based global insurance underwriter and asset management company doing business in 54 countries, including the U.S. Earlier this month, the insurance giant announced that it will no longer write cyber insurance policies in France that provide reimbursements to customers for ransomware extortion payments. It appears AXA is the first insurer to take this step. It
Researchers have found three new malware families, Doubledrag, Doubledrop, and Doubleback detected in December 2020 and tracked as UNC2529. These malware strains used in an ongoing phishing campaign throughout the financial industry are being tracked as UNC2529. Organizations in the US, EMEA region, Asia, and Australia have been targeted by the sophisticated cybercriminals Key Elements to be aware of in the UNC2529 phishing campaign: Malicious emails contained highly personalized messages. Over 50 domains were similar to CEO Fraud attacks, used
This week, the Center for Internet Security’s Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center issued an advisory that cited multiple vulnerabilities in Google Chrome. This is important, as Google Chrome is a commonly used web browser that enables access to the Internet. The vulnerabilities (for versions prior to 89.0.4389.128) could allow for arbitrary code execution, which might enable an attacker to view, change, or delete data. As a result, the Center for Internet Security classified these vulnerabilities as HIGH RISK for
powersolution.com, through our relationship with Infragard and The New Jersey Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC) have been alerted to a new email threat dubbed ‘BazarCall.’ Threat actors are using a combination of customer service call centers and phishing emails in order to spread various forms of malware. Similar to other email-based scams powersolution.com has recently reported, the phishing email in this campaign states that the recipient’s free trial of a known service, such as DocuSign, is about to expire
Adobe Flash has reached its end of life on December 31, 2020. At the end of January 2021, powersolution will ensure that Microsoft patch KB4577586 is installed on eligible clients’ computers. powersolution will also be creating and remotely running a script that detects and removes Flash from managed systems. Adobe’s technology for fancy interactive graphics mostly used to spice up your browser has drifted towards its demise for so many years that it has almost single-handedly made a cliché out
World Backup Day is celebrated annually on March 31 to raise awareness of the importance of data backup for businesses big and small. World Backup Day is a day for people to learn about the increasing role of data in our lives and the importance of having your data backed recently? Every day people, businesses, even gamers lose huge amounts of valuable data because they fail to follow this one basic procedure. World Backup Day is set aside as a
Phishing scam targeting accounting professionals and members of the public in the midst of a tax season.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and state tax agencies are warning of a phishing scam targeting tax professionals and members of the public in the midst of a tax season. The scammers impersonate the IRS in an attempt to collect SSN numbers, e-file identification numbers (EFINs), driver’s license images, and other credentials. These phishing emails appear to come from “IRS Tax E-Filing” and contain various headlines subject lines such as “Your IRS Data Requires Immediate Attention”, “IRS Tax Refund”, “Verifying
powersolution, through its membership with the New Jersey Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC), has received information related to a new phishing/email threat. powersolution, along with the NJCCIC, recommends users who receive this and similar extortion threats ignore the email as they have not proven to be a credible threat. Never click on any links contained within these emails as they may expose your computer and organization to greater risk. Similar to past and present email based scams, this
Users are advised to exercise caution with links and attachments received from unknown contacts or file-sharing platforms (such as Box and DropBox) Researchers from anti-malware software vendor, Malwarebytes Labs have identified a new phishing attack that uses fake COVID-19 surveys in Microsoft Word documents to deliver ransomware. To evade detection, the attackers have uploaded the Word documents to file sharing services, such as Box and DropBox. They then use the share functionality to distribute the documents, rather than sending them
Researchers from Proofpoint, a well-known email security vendor that provides anti-spam, anti-malware, and phishing protection services, observed a spear-phishing campaign, codenamed “employer21,” targeting teachers. The campaign delivers emails teachers purported to be from parents or guardians attempting to deliver a student’s assignment after issues submitting the assignment the “usual way.” Typically a ZIP attachment accompanies the email and, if opened, can download malware in the event macros are enabled in Word or Excel. Though this campaign is limited in scale,
The New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Cell (NJCCIC) warns of a new threat that can potentially affect millions of people. As a result of the COVID-19 ongoing pandemic, threat actors are trying to cash in by targeting individuals looking for financial relief. These malicious actors are using fraudulent emails, websites, and robocalls to target the unemployed and underemployed in order to steal their identities and intercept their relief payments, including unemployment benefits. Many states across the US are overwhelmed with