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Welcome to our blog. Here we will let you know the latest happenings in the information security world.
COVID-19 pandemic hits the internet as well. Be cautious out there.
City of Portland Cybersecurity highlights:
COVID-19 Websites Cyber threats
Not all COVID-19 websites are safe. 48,000 COVID-19 related web domains have been registered this year.
Scammers are eager to cash in on the pandemic.
If you'd like the scary details, Sophos has an article for you: https://news.sophos.com/en-us/2020/03/24/covidmalware/
FBI resource: https://www.fbi.gov/coronavirus
COVID-19 Malware and Ransomware threats
Not only are there misleading websites there are a myriad of malware and ransomware threats. Several links are included, below, to narrow your research.
Quick To Do List:
COVID-19 malware and ransomware resources:
Be safe when you go outside, and when you go online.
Apparent 'single threat actor' conducts statewide ransomware attack of local governments in Texas
La Porte County in Indiana is the latest victim of the Ryuk ransomware.
17,000 domains 'hit' (so far) including 2,000 of the 'biggest sites in the world'.
Cyber-attacks happen every day, but the bad actors are targeting where the money is (credit card data) and personally identifiable information (PII) as a side benefit.
"The Magecart hackers have a singular focus: credit card skimming."
-- There's nothing for consumers to do. Website services need to properly configure and secure their payment processing websites.
New York Times article provides holistic guidance for securing your online privacy
Thorin Klosowski, a staff writer for Wirecutter, offers sound advice on securing online accounts, using a password manager, blocking 'trackers', keeping your devices patched, turning on device location (should you lose it), and using encryption when possible.
Stay safe out there.