Educational Institutes are increasingly becoming the targets of cybercrimes

When the Public Sector IT leadership is taking a stand against paying ransom, the attacks have changed to steal money, instead of holding hostage. Even though Backup is essential and a lot of value against cyber-crimes, it cannot be the primary (or only) protection against cybercrimes. It is one of the tools in the arsenal Read More »

Ascent InfoSec Receives 2019 Best of Schaumburg Award

Ascent InfoSec Receives 2019 Best of Schaumburg Award

Ascent InfoSec has been selected for the 2019 Best of Schaumburg Award in the Computer Security Service category by the Schaumburg Award Program. Each year, the Schaumburg Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category.

MSPs continue to suffer Ransomware attacks

MSPs continue to suffer Ransomware attacks

The trend of attacking Managed IT Service Providers is continuing. An MSP paid hackers about $150,000 to unlock data Hackers specifically targeting MSP software platforms to launch ransomware attacks Ryuk ransomware hitting a Cloud Service Provider that works closely with MSPs. Hackers have been hitting MSPs of all sizes — not just global technology service Read More »

Louisiana governor declares state emergency after local ransomware outbreak

ransomware attack state of Louisiana

Three school districts were hit by ransomware in North Louisiana last week. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has activated a statewide state of emergency in response to a wave of ransomware infections that have hit multiple school districts. The state of emergency will remain in place until August 21, or until the recovery process at Read More »

Microsoft to roll out free software to guard the U.S. voting machines

Microsoft to roll out free software to guard the U.S. voting machines

Microsoft announced that it would give away software designed to improve the security of US voting machines, even as said to have tracked 781 cyberattacks by foreign adversaries targeting political organizations so far this election cycle. The company said it was rolling out the free, open-source software product called ElectionGuard, which it said uses encryption Read More »

US Mayors Vow to Reject Ransomware Payment Demands

US Mayors Vow to Reject Ransomware Payment Demands

The U.S. Conference of Mayors has unanimously resolved not to give in to any ransom demands from the hackers. This is coming after a series of cyber shakedowns that have extorted millions from city governments. Considering the number of ransomware targeting cities and municipalities has grown both in frequency and intensity, the resolution, while not Read More »

Hackers demand $2 million from Monroe College

Monroe College ransomware attack

Cybercriminals used ransomware to disable the technology systems at New York’s Monroe College, according to Inside Higher Ed. They locked Monroe students, faculty and staff members out of the college’s Learning Management System, Blackboard and email system, and are now demanding about $2 million in Bitcoins. Monroe officials are working with the FBI and local Read More »

Cybercriminals hit MSP software to launch Ransomware

Cybercriminals hit MSP software to launch Ransomware

Hackers have leveraged Managed IT Services Provider (MSP) software to spread ransomware to their customers’ systems. The attackers have hacked and gained access into an MSP-centric cybersecurity console from Webroot, while also exploiting Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM) software from Kaseya. Both software makershave saidthat the issues involve compromised credentials and not any software vulnerabilities Read More »

Department of Homeland Security: Some IT Consultants weaken Office 365 Security

The DHS has issued a memo essentially stating that some IT consulting firms and Managed IT service providers (MSPs) involved in Office 365 migrations are not properly securing the cloud productivity suite for customers. The statement, from the US-CERT arm of the DHS, represents both a challenge and an opportunity for MSPs and MSSPs. On Read More »

Baltimore Robbinhood ransomware attack

Baltimore Robbinhood ransomware attack

The City of Baltimore was attacked with a very aggressive variant of the Robbinhood ransomware on May 8 for the second time in 14 months. Some city departments, including the police, inspector general’s office, and the city’s departments of transportation and public works reported problems with email and phone systems. While the attack didn’t affect Read More »