November 19, 2016

5 Sure Signs Ransomware Attacks Are Intensifying

Ransomware continues to pose a potent threat to individuals and, increasingly, to companies. What's worse, all signs point to ransomware attacks escalating the rest of this year and into 2017.

How bad is it? Arctic Wolf Networks has measured a 433 percent spike in ransomware attacks over the past year, and the FBI says victims paid up $209 million in the first quarter of 2016, up from $24 million in all of 2015. And that only counts complaints actually registered with the bureau.

Read more... http://www.inc.com/adam-levin/5-sure-signs-ransomware-attacks-are-intensifying.html

Google Home vs. Amazon Echo: Alexa takes round 1

Given the surprising success of the Amazon Echo -- a smart speaker that responds to your voice commands, plays music, and controls your smart home -- competition was inevitable. With Google Home entering the arena, complete with the backing of the company's ubiquitous search engine, the Echo's place on top is no longer secure.

Read more... https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cnet.com/google-amp/news/google-home-vs-amazon-echo/

November 5, 2016

Russia vs USA War: Putin Bans Microsoft In Government Offices; Scared Of US Hackers?

he Russia vs USA war is getting more complicated every day. According to the most recent update, Russian President Vladimir Putin has banned all US products in government offices. And, the first company targeted is Microsoft.

Read more... http://www.morningledger.com/russia-vs-usa-war-putin-bans-microsoft-government-offices-scared-us-hackers/13117507/

DDoS attack on Dyn could have been prevented

The Online Trust Alliance says the recent DDoS attack that took down portions of the internet for several hours could have been "easily" avoided by improving the security of IoT devices.

Read more... https://www.google.com/amp/www.csoonline.com/article/3137544/security/ddos-attack-on-dyn-could-have-been-prevented.amp.html

How the Mirai botnet almost took down an entire country, and what your business can learn

Security researcher Kevin Beaumont recently discovered a botnet attack that almost took down all internet service in Liberia. Here's what you need to know.

Read more... https://www.google.com/amp/www.techrepublic.com/google-amp/article/how-the-mirai-botnet-almost-took-down-an-entire-country-and-what-your-business-can-learn/

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