Operation Global III Virus Alert

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

Dec 22, 2014 12:10:54 PM


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Topics: Hackers, network protection, attacks, Malware, Virus Alert, Virus, ransomeware

Adware Installer Attempts - Take caution!

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

Nov 20, 2014 1:23:42 PM

Hackers are finding more and more ways to manipulate users into installing malware onto your computer. Before clicking on a link or downloading a file, make sure you review the origin of the link. 

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Topics: Internet Security, attacks, Malware, vulnerabilites, Virus

HIGH ALERT-CryptoWall 2.0

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

Oct 22, 2014 10:25:20 AM

Similar to CryptoLocker, Cyber Criminals have released another version to the CryptoWall virus-version 2.0. This ransomware is spreading very quickly through unsolicited downloads and file attachments in emails such as pdfs and zip files. As with other ransomware viruses, CryptoWall infects an opening in the system, encrypts the users’ files (pictures, texts, files, documents, etc...) and demands payment in order to recover those files. It is vital to your organization to have policies in place to prevent these types of attacks.

Do not open suspicious email attachments

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Topics: Email protection, attacks, Cyber Security, Tech Support, Virus Alert, River Run Computers

'Anonymous' Hackers Threaten to "Destroy" Facebook on November 5th

Posted by Eric Torres

Aug 12, 2011 10:12:00 AM

anonymouslogoMembers of the notorious hacker group Anonymous have set their sights on taking down Facebook. They have even set a date, November 5th.

The 'hacktivists', infamous for meddling with the American government, launching  cyber-attacks on Sony, News Corp, Amazon, Pay Pal, Master Card, Visa and the Pentagon, among other targets and for their support for WikiLeaks, have announced that they will focus on bringing down the social networking site because of its privacy policy.

The announcement was made in a YouTube video and sites allegations of privacy infringement. Anonymous members accuse Facebook of selling information to government agencies and giving clandestine access to information security firms so they can spy on people from all around the world.

"Everything you do on Facebook stays on Facebook regardless of your 'privacy' settings, and deleting your account is impossible, even if you 'delete' your account, all your personal info stays on Facebook and can be recovered at any time," the statement reads. "Changing the privacy settings to make your Facebook account more "private" is also a delusion. Facebook knows more about you than your family."

The chilling video, a two-minute warning and explanation using a computerized voice, begins: "Attention citizens of the world, your medium of communication you all so dearly adore will be destroyed."

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Topics: Anonymous, Hackers, Hacktivists, attacks, Hacked, Facebook, Network Down

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Servers Hacked

Posted by Eric Torres

Aug 11, 2011 3:49:00 PM

university of wisconsin milwaukeeA computer system at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee was hacked and bugged with malicious software. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, malicious code was discovered on a document management database server. The university contacted law enforcement and after a month-long investigation realized that the database on the system contained over 75,000 records that included social security numbers for both students and employees.

Although this breach, which was discovered back on May 25, could have exposed the names and Social Security numbers of some 75,000 students, faculty and staff, UWM officials told the newspaper that the university has no evidence that information was looked at or used.

Nobody is sure how long the malware was running on the server, but it was shut down once the breach was found.  UWM leaders are suggesting someone might have been trying to gain access to the university's computers for a different reason. It is suspected that the software was being used to identify cutting edge research that the school is working on, but that has yet to be confirmed.

"We are a research institution with a significant number of projects under way. It is theorized that this may have been an attempt to look at work being done," Tom Luljak, UWM's vice chancellor for university relations, told the newspaper. He added that the malicious software was installed remotely.

While the forensic investigation states that there is no evidence that the personal information was stolen, the school is still warning students to be vigilant by monitoring their credit history and putting a freeze on their credit report.  It is also interesting to note that although most companies that suffer data breaches end up offering one year of free credit monitoring to the victims, the University of Wisconsin says that since there was no evidence the data was stolen, they will not offer the free service.

It’s also good to know that while students may have had their identity stolen, the database contained no “academic information such as student grades,” so at least the attackers won’t be able to identify whether students passed their criminology courses.

For more information on the security breach, UWM has set up this website.

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Topics: attacks, Hacked, Malware

Citibank Kept Quiet About Massive Data Theft of Personal Information

Posted by Eric Torres

Jun 9, 2011 8:55:00 PM

It is being reported that hackers have stolen the details of thousands of Citibank customers including their account details and personal information. As it turns out, this isn’t actually today’s news. This major security breach, resulting in the theft of personal information for nearly 200,000 Citibank customers, was actually stolen last month. You hadn’t heard? Neither have we, and that’s because Citibank chose to keep quiet about it until today.

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Topics: Security, attacks, Online Privacy, Phishing attacks, Hacked

Sony PlayStation Hacked: Users Data Exposed

Posted by Eric Torres

Apr 27, 2011 11:27:00 AM


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Topics: Security, attacks, Online Privacy, Network Down, vulnerabilites

River Run Tech Blog: Over 2 Million PCs Linked to Botnets

Posted by Eric Torres

Oct 19, 2010 3:36:00 PM

More than 2 million PCs in the U.S., or just over 5 out of every 1,000, were recruited into botnets during the second quarter of 2010, according to a Microsoft report released last week. Botnets are networks of unsuspecting computers, dubbed zombies, that have been infected by malicious software, or bots. Cyber-criminals control and use those computers through the bots to launch spam, viruses, and phishing attacks against other PCs over the Internet.

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Topics: Botnet, Microsoft, Security, attacks, vulnerabilites

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