A study by the Ponemon institute found that most companies take about 6 months to detect data breaches within their network, according to ZDNet. While financial firms take 98 days on average to detect attacks, retailers generally take 197 days. During the months that cyber criminals go undetected, they are able to move about the network where they can log keystrokes, steal login credentials, learn company secrets, and possibly steal money.
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.
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.
Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky recently discovered an attack on their internal networks. However, our Amarillo IT customers that use Kaspersky for antivirus can rest assured knowing that their own systems remain secure and untouched by this cyber attack.
The personal data of at least 4 million government employees is at risk after the Office of Personnel Management was breached. The attack is thought to be perpetrated by China, according to The Washington Post. However, China quickly denied their involvement in what is thought to be the largest cyber attack on the U.S. government in history.
Researchers at FireEye Security firm recently uncovered a Microsoft Windows and Adobe Flash exploit created by Russian hackers that was used to infiltrate the computers of organizations, officials, and diplomats that were discussing sanctions against Russia. FireEye is calling the exploit Operation RussianDoll.
With the recent explosion of data breaches in the past year, President Barack Obama has announced plans for new legislation regarding how companies should protect data and how companies should respond in the event of a hack.
Individuals, small businesses, and large corporations received a rude awakening in 2014 with a long stream of cyber attacks. The largest include Target’s loss of 40 million credit and debit cards, and personal information on 110 million people, Home Depot’s loss of 56 million debit and credit card numbers and 53 million email addresses, J.P. Morgan’s loss of personal information for 76 million people and 7 million small businesses, and of course, the Sony hack.
In the wake of the recent Sony hacks, which was the biggest attack of its kind on an American company, businesses are increasingly vulnerable to cyber threats. Large corporations aren’t the only businesses at risk. Around 20 percent of cyber attacks are on small businesses with fewer than 250 employees, according to Chris Collins (R-NY), Chairman of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology. Hackers often target small businesses because they are the least likely to be protected by proper security.
A Cyber attack that originally targeted Spamhaus (a European anti-spam company ) has become the biggest Distributed Denial of Service (or DDoS) attack in Internet history. A DDoS is an attempt to make a machine or network resource unavailable.