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Ransomware usually encrypts data on victims pc or laptop and will usually try to encrypt network servers if the victims pc is on a network. It will then prompt the victim to pay a ransom, usually in the form of Bitcoin. Ransomware has become increasingly popular as a weapon with which to extort money from corporations, public authorities and institutions and individuals. Victims are often hacked by clicking on an innocuous looking attachment or website link within an...

Malware & Exploits, What you need to know   Today’s cyber threat landscape is driven by an array of attack techniques that grow constantly in both diversity and sophistication. To the average person, the often bizarre and cryptic names given to most attacks offer little about the attack’s nature. However, it’s a fair assumption that not all cyber attacks are created equal; there are several different techniques and vectors to consider, for starters. Regardless whether or not you are technically versed when it...

Would you buy a product that only works only 50% of the time? Many Irish companies have relied on traditional anti-virus products for years, some continue to renew the same solution year upon year, without ever stopping to think that maybe they should look to see if this renewal is money well spent. A recent Gartner study found that 44 per cent of companies protected by traditional anti-virus had been infected by malware. This report only confirms what Brian...

Here are some things you need to be aware of when going online. 1. Copyright is important The World Wide Web contains a vast array of content of all kind, such as music, images, video, text and so on, that may fall under copyright rules. Internet content is easy to access, nevertheless, there are rules and laws that do not allow using someone’s content without permission.   2. Be careful when receiving e-mails from unknown sources Have you received an e-mail from an...

There is a lot of misinformation surrounding how to prevent new malware infections, especially ransomware. A lot of the rhetoric is around "ensuring your anti-virus is up to date". While making sure your current anti-virus solution is fully up-to-date, is of course good advice, this does not take into account the fact, that your current solution may be virtually useless in preventing new next generation ransomware attacks. Many end users and companies too are operating under a...

It’s always wise to back up files regularly. But a recent development in cyberspace makes it more important than ever – ransomware.  Ransomware is an increasingly dangerous form of malware that encrypts data and makes it unrecoverable unless a ransom is paid. Those logging onto infected systems are served up a notice telling them that all of their files have been encrypted and if they ever want to open them again, they will have to pay...

Not a week goes by and there is some big news item on the latest company that got hacked or had their data stolen. It’s now such a regular occurrence that it’s becoming ‘almost normal’. According to Forrester Research, cyber threats and security outbreaks are not just increasing, they're mutating. Highly skilled, well-funded, organised cyber-criminals will steal your data — the lifeblood of today's digital business in pursuit of economic or financial gain. The reason security outbreaks...

It’s worth understanding the questions you need answers to during a security breach to better understand the growing risks that new cyber threats pose to businesses.   Three Questions you need answers on during a Security Breach What was the original source of the attack and what has happened? Who was infected first? What has the infection done? Has it spread? What other systems on the network are infected? Are the infected machine/s isolated now? Can We Recover? After a critical pc or a server has...

With a world of non stop advancing technologies comes non stop security threats and you have a duty to your clients , customers and staff to protect the information you hold on them. whatever your business size you have this duty and you can not ignore that. Not one week passes that we do not hear of the a massive security breach.   In the past, hackers were most likely, highly skilled programmers who understood the details of...

According to a major new survey from the Irish Computer Society, IRISH companies are suffering data breaches in record numbers. The survey, conducted among IT administrators in 256 Irish-based companies, reveals that more than half of Irish firms have experienced a data breach in the last 12 months, with 22pc suffering multiple breaches. The incidence of data breaches is sharply up on the previous 12 months, where just 43pc reported a breach.   One in three Irish company IT managers...