Heads up Texas, Your Data Is in Danger

When it comes to cybercrime, there is no discrimination. When it comes to data theft, every Texas government or business is considered a target. However, larger companies are the most targeted. Hackers are stealing data, selling it, and are making money off of your data. According to Jareth at Emsisoft, hackers are using multiple tactics to steal your data, and here is how:

1. Malware

Hackers are using malware such as keyloggers and banking malware to pull login credentials and credit card information. Malware also spreads in the form of email, so it’s essential to have strict email security. By having tight email security, this decreases significantly the chance of being infected by email malware. Many ransomware attacks are using malware to hit significant numbers of businesses and local governments. Texas is a major target for these attacks, so it’s essential to have security policies to protect your business.

2. Phishing

Phishing is a form of social engineering. 

“Social engineering is a form of techniques employed by cybercriminals designed to lure unsuspecting users into sending them their confidential data, infecting their computers with malware or opening links to infected sites.”

Kaspersky

These hackers use these social engineering techniques to gain access to your personal information that they can use to infect your environment. For example, a Texas school district, Manor Independent School District, was the target of a major phishing scam. The hackers posed as vendors and stole 2.3 million dollars from the Texas school district. Schemes like this occurring bring up the question, how many others have gone unnoticed? 

3.Weak Passwords

Weak passwords are the easiest way that hackers get access to systems. Texas and all other states are vulnerable to this attack. Hackers use different password crackers to steal data such as brute force attacks, keyloggers, and phishing. It is essential to use strong password policies to prevent an attack like this. 

There are multiple ways that hackers can gain access to personal data. Tactics used are malware, phishing, weak passwords, and even unsecured networks. Hackers are stealing data, selling it, and are making money off of your data. Texas remains a primary target for attacks like these. Your data is your data, don’t be the next headline. To prevent an attack like this, contact CoreRecon. Thanks for reading, let us know what you think!

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Ransomware Continues to Wreak Havoc

Ransomware is  “malware that requires the victim to pay a ransom to access encrypted files” (Merriam-Webster).

Merriam-Webster

I’m sure you’ve heard the term ransomware countless times this past year alone. Over the past couple of years, ransomware has continued to evolve. If the trend continues, ransomware will not be going away anytime soon; in fact, it appears that it is beginning to become more frequent. Ransomware began as a threat to consumers. The idea was to trick people into paying fines that were not real and purchase infected equipment.

These days ransomware attacks are “becoming more targetedsophisticated and costly, even as the overall frequency of attacks remains consistent” (IC3).

IC3

 Impacted in 2019 by ransomware:

  • 113 government agencies, municipalities and state governments
  • 764 healthcare providers
  • 89 universities/colleges
  • School districts with up to 1,233 individual schools were potentially impacted.

Cybersecurity must be one of the top priorities when it comes to any establishment that holds personal data. Public institutions are usually the main culprit for ransomware because there is typically a lack of funding allocated for cybersecurity.

The best way to keep this from happening to your business is to call CoreRecon. We provide security assessments for your network infrastructure. We also are an MSP, which means we can be your IT support and help educate employees on safe desktop practices. The most important thing for us is to keep your business and your data safe.

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