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No More Ransom!

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 15:46 -- Rachel Cunningham

We have talked a lot about ransomeware in the last year here on the cat.man.du blog, and its for a reason. Ransomeware is quickly becoming the largest malware threat in the world. The number of attacks has increased by over 500% in less than a year. 

Mid-Year Security Report

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 17:46 -- Rachel Cunningham

"Cisco security researchers have turned their spotlight on ransomware, examining innovations that may cause this particular type of malware attack to become far more prevalent." What does this mean for the business world? It means that your standard firewall is no longer getting the job done. 

Quiz Time: Laptop Security

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 11:00 -- Rachel Cunningham

Traveling with a laptop can represent a significant security risk to your business. This is because the data it contains is far more vulnerable when you are on the move than when you use a laptop in the relative safety of your office or home environment. It doesn't have to be stolen because it takes just seconds for a hacker to slip a USB stick into a laptop when it is unattended to install malicious software or steal data.

Hello My Name Is Malware

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 16:56 -- Rachel Cunningham

This series of blogs will pick out a certain type of cyber threat and we will tell you what you need to know and tips about how to prevent these attacks. First up: Malware

We remember the days before hackers, before malware and ransomware, before anti-virus and firewalls. Unfortunately, those days are a distant memory, and even your basic firewall can be compromised by cybercriminals. Lets get to know a little more about these threats so we can stop making cyber criminals so rich.

How Not To Catch Malware in all the Pokémon GO Excitement

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 11:34 -- Rachel Cunningham

Pokémon Go, the outrageously popular new game that brings Pokémon into the real world, is causing quite a few scary real-world consequences. Players have been robbed at Pokéstops already and one even discovered a dead body while exploring for Pokémon. The craze for this new game even has people from around the world trying everything they can to download the app even in countries it is not yet released in. Hackers are figuring this out and it was a total of 3 days after the game was released in the US that the first malicious attacks were being made.

Quiz Time: Spyware

Sun, 07/10/2016 - 17:54 -- Rachel Cunningham

Cybercriminals can use your computer to steal your personal information and install malware and inevitably make a lot of money off you if you're not extremely careful. Here are a few questions to rate your knowledge about computer crime and how to avoid becoming a victim.

How smart are you when it comes to spyware?  Take our short quiz and find out!

Cybercriminals Preying on #Brexit Fears

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 18:51 -- Rachel Cunningham

Just as the #brexit hashtag was rising to the top of the trending news for the world last week, so was the email scam that plays off that hype. A new phishing email is making it’s way around with a subject line that hints at some huge imminent economic or political disaster, in the hope that potential victims won't be able to resist the temptation to find out all the 'juicy details'.

What To Look For To Prevent Email Phishing Scams

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 14:41 -- Rachel Cunningham

What is an Email Phishing Scam?
“Phishing” is a homophone of fishing, which involves using lures to catch fish. It is a malicious message that victims often receive that is allegedly sent from a trustworthy site or organization that often includes a link or attachment that can install malware on your computer, or can direct the victim to a malicious website that will ask for personal and financial information all for the purpose of monetary gain by a cybercriminal. Some phishing emails are poorly written and obviously fake, but sophisticated cybercriminals use techniques of professional marketers to identify the most effective types of messages or the phishing "hooks" that get the highest open or click through rate.

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