The Dangers of Ransomware

The Dangers of Ransomware

Though there are multiple threats to personal and organizational data, the most recent disclosed attack reported by the United States news agencies related to an advanced ransomware attack.  Wong (2015) discussed the attack against Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, in which a ransomware infection encrypted a large numbers of important medical records, effectively freezing hospital operations until a ransom was paid.  While multiple attempts were made to circumvent the attack, the end result is that the medical center had to pay roughly $17,000 United States dollars in ransom to recover their data (Everett, 2016).  Ransomware is a type of malicious software…

Web Security and Password Best Practices

Time for a password refresh! Within the past two weeks, over 1 million decrypted passwords for some of the most popular mail and social media sites have been placed for sale on the Deep Web.  What this means for you is that there is a chance that your information is unknowingly available for sale.  A few of the sites involved in this data sale include gMail, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Tumblr, and Last.FM. An Australian security researcher has instituted a Website to allow you to see if any of your eMail accounts or usernames have been involved in a breach incident.  This…