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Lazy Ransomware

A new strain of ransomware has been discovered, but fortunately for those affected, it’s not particularly sophisticated, so victims should be able to remove it without having to pay the hackers responsible. That said, you never know what could be hidden in the code, so it will take time to be completely sure.

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Tags: Ransomware

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CEO Fraud at Mattel

April 30 of last year was a hectic time for Mattel. Barbie wasn’t selling, particularly overseas. They were still recovering from a fiasco involving the recall of 19 million Chinese-made toys that were covered with lead paint and another involving Barbie playsets that contained dangerous magnets. In 2009, Mattel opened a six-story Barbie theme store in Shanghai only to see it close two years later.

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Tags: CEO Fraud, China

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Emergency Flash Update to Combat Ransomware

Adobe released an update to Flash yesterday after it was discovered that a vulnerability was leaving Windows PC's open to a ransomware attack.

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Tags: Adobe, Cerber, Flash, Ransomware, Trend Micro, Zero-Day Exploit

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FBI Warning on CEO Fraud

If your business uses computers, the FBI has just put out a warning you might want to pay attention to. According to the federal agency, there has been a dramatic increase in business email compromise (BEC) scams. Also known as CEO fraud, it amounts to $2.3 billion in losses annually.

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Tags: CEO Fraud, FBI

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Spike in Ransomware

In the past couple weeks we have put out several articles about how hackers have been ramping up ransomware attacks on the health care industry in which cybercriminals encrypt a victim’s files then demand money to unlock them. Law enforcement has reported that there were 321 instances in the second half of 2015 alone.

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Tags: Cryptolocker, Cryptowall, FBI, Locky, MSIL-Samas, Ransomware

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Ransomware's Latest Trend: Hospitals

Ransomware attacks where hackers take over the systems of organizations like businesses and hospitals in order to encrypt their files and hold them hostage until they pay money to gain access again are not new; they’ve been around for at least a decade. The tactic of specifically targeting hospitals and other health care facilities, however, is a new phenomenon. And it's starting to happen more.

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Tags: Cryptolocker, Locky, Phishing, Ransomware

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8 Master Excel Tricks

Anybody who works with Excel knows spreadsheets can be tedious until you know what you’re doing. However, don’t worry because every Master starts out as a Padawan, so here are some tips and shortcuts to upgrade your Excel skill level to Jedi.

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