What does the FBI have to say about ransomware
October, 2016, Tom Glaser, Healthcare Solutions Architect, Coalfire
The FBI provided guidance on ransomware at a recent FBI/US Secret Service/ISAC event. They defined ransomware as a type of malware that is commonly transmitted through malicious email, which is disguised to look normal. Once the email link has been clicked on, or an email attachment has been opened, the malware installs on the computer. After installation is completed, files on the computer become locked using encryption and cannot be opened without the key. A ransom message is then displayed with information on how to pay the ransom.
Truth is SCARIER than Fiction Redux
October, 2014, Mike Weber, Vice President, Coalfire Labs
Yes... To be honest, although we really do some neat stuff here at Coalfire Labs that can be pretty scary, I’ve got to give a shout out to “reality” for being even scarier than any emulated attack we could possibly develop. The astounding number of data breaches announced this year is just shocking, really. It really felt like there was a new one every month. As it turns out, there was! Even more than that on average, as we’ve had at least 14 of them over a 10 month span.
Secret Services Issues Warning to Hospitality Industry, Now What?
July, 2014, Dan Fritsche, Principal, Retail and Financial Services
The U.S. Secret Service has issued an advisory to the hospitality industry to be on alert for keyloggers on the computers in the business center. Whether your hotel received this advice or not, this is something that will undoubtedly affect your business in the near future. We’ve put together this brief guide on reacting to the advisory.