Entries by Eric Hess

Happy National Cybersecurity Awareness Month!

Happy national cybersecurity awarness month
For 17 years, October has been National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). The importance of deeming it awareness month is that, particularly for small to mid-sized businesses, it's difficult for enterprises to focus on cybersecurity awareness when there are so many other distractions. Unfortunately, times of turbulence have provided more opportunities for hackers and with it, the...

Ransomware Up 715% – Don’t Leave it to Chance

Ransomware Up 715% - Don’t Leave it to Chance
The threat of Ransomware is on the rise. Bitdefender’s 2020 Mid-Year Threat Landscape Report found that ransomware attacks in the first half of this year are up 715.08% compared to the first half of 2019! And it’s not just attack frequency on the rise. Attack costs are increasing as well. SafetyDetectives found that the average ransom per incident has nearly doubled since...

Scamming Tax Refunds and COVID-19 Relief: The Weaponization of Trash and Recycling

Scamming Tax Refunds and COVID-19 Relief: The Weaponization of Trash and Recycling
In a recent study, researchers have discovered an upward surge in threat activity designed to capture a wide range of payments and appropriations between taxpayers and the government, targeting tax refunds to COVID-19 appropriations. Some of these efforts trace back to accountants involved in tax preparation services that dispose of customer hard copy paperwork insecurely via...

Ransomware’s New Double Threat

Ransomware’s New Double Threat
The common ransomware attack pattern has traditionally involved threat actors holding access to data hostage in return for a ransomware payment. There is now an uptrend in a second layer of extortion…increasingly hackers are extracting large quantities of sensitive information (such as customer, financial and employee information) and threatening publication unless ransom demands are paid. To prove that they intend to execute on the threat, a small portion is leaked on the dark...