Ransomware Attack Will Make You “WannaCry”

What happened? 

On Friday, May 12, 2017, hackers launched the WannaCry (WannaCrypt) ransomware that has infected over 200,000 Windows users. The global cyberattack has already reached 150 countries.

If infected, a device will lock up and display a message demanding $300 via Bitcoin — an online currency — to restore the encrypted files. The ransom would increase over time; if left unpaid the victim’s files would be locked indefinitely.

This ransomware attack has mostly affected business networks via a security flaw in the Windows operating system. Victims using computers with outdated security patches and targeted in phishing campaigns are especially at risk. Continue reading

Researchers Discover Vulnerability in Mac Computers

Mac Vulnerability

What happened?

Macintosh security researcher Pedro Vilaca, discovered a deeply rooted vulnerability that allows hackers to gain access to certain Mac computers. By exploiting this security flaw, cybercriminals can effectively shut down your device or spy on your activities for a prolonged period of time.

Spying on users who are engaging in online banking activities or accessing sensitive data from their computer can put them at risk of identity theft and fraud. Some believe hackers may target major organizations in an effort to obtain confidential business information, similar to the Sony hack.

Symantec, a leader in data security, has since confirmed this Mac vulnerability and rated it as a “critical” threat.

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