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Malware Warnings: Fruitfly and Broadpwn

Posted on by mbordas

The malware program Fruitfly continues to affect Mac systems. Fruitfly, first discovered in early 2017, is particularly concerning because it gives hackers remote control over an infected computer, allowing them to access files, take webcam photos, and record screenshots and … Continue reading

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“Petya” Ransomware Warning

Posted on by mbordas

Earlier this week, a major cyberattack hit government agencies and businesses in Europe and around the world using a type of malware referred to as Petya. Petya is similar to the recent WannaCry attack in that it appears to infect computers with … Continue reading

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“Wanna Cry” Ransomware Warning

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A dangerous form of malware is circulating across the globe in the form of a PDF email attachment. Users who open the attachment are exposed to the “Wanna Cry” ransomware, which encrypts all the files on the target computer. Wanna … Continue reading

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What Is Spyware?

Posted on by mechling

What is spyware? Spyware is loosely defined as a type of malicious software, also known as malware, that runs in the background of a computer, collecting private information and transmitting it to a third party without the user’s knowledge. How does spyware … Continue reading

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What Is Malware?

Posted on by mechling

What is malware? Malware – a contraction of “malicious software” – is just that: hostile software designed to infiltrate a device without the owner’s knowledge, often with damaging effects. Malware can take many forms, including spyware, which monitors your system and steals sensitive … Continue reading

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Millions of Twitter Accounts Locked Following Data Breach

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A hacker with ties to the recent LinkedIn, MySpace, and Tumblr data breaches now claims to have gained access to Twitter’s account database. The hacker has allegedly posted the account information of 32 million Twitter users for sale online. According to Twitter, the data breach … Continue reading

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Yes, You Do Need Antivirus for Your Mac

Posted on by mbordas

Are you a person who thinks that Macs don’t get viruses, so you don’t need to worry about installing antivirus software on your computer? If so, you should realize that malware for the Mac is on the rise thanks to … Continue reading

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Malware spam with subject “Invoice”

Posted on by Robert

Many people received the following email. The original malicious payload was replaced with the file “Replacement.txt” but the message was still delivered instead of quarantined. We are working with the department that runs the originating email server to resolve this … Continue reading

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FBI Issued Warning – Destructive “Wiper” Malware

Posted on by beltzer

The FBI released a warning to a wide range of companies that a U.S. business had experienced a malicious software that wipes data from every hard drive it touches.  This malware (some refer to as “wiper”) overwrites computers beyond the point … Continue reading

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Fake UPS/FedEx/DHL email

Posted on by Robert

Every year around this time, we see a significant increase in the volume of fake email claiming to be from UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc. Please examine these messages carefully before opening/saving an attachment or clicking on a link. The attachments … Continue reading

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