Ransomware Insurance Coverage Disappearing, Not Enough for Robust Cybersecurity

On May 9, European insurance giant AXA announced it will no longer provide support for ransom payments made to hackers. While AXA appears to be the first insurer to deny ransom payments, the move could signal an impending shift in ransomware insurance coverage. The AXA announcement comes as ransomware attacks prove an increasingly lucrative business model. For instance, victims paid an estimated $350 million in ransom payments in 2020, over 300 percent more than in 2019. In recent high-profile cases, Colonial Pipeline paid attackers $4.4 million, and CNA Financial Corporation paid a whopping $40 million. Meanwhile, cyber criminals continue to…

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Microsoft Exchange Hack – Essential Steps to Protect Your Data

On March 2, Microsoft warned of exploits that take advantage of multiple Microsoft Exchange vulnerabilities. Security experts warn that any organization running on-premises Microsoft Exchange could be at risk for the Microsoft Exchange Hack. They must take the threat seriously and follow the steps necessary to protect data assets. Hafnium Hack The Microsoft hack appears to have originated with the Hafnium organization out of China. Hence, some refer to it as the Hafnium Hack. However, experts have now identified at least ten advanced persistent threat groups using the vulnerabilities to attack thousands of servers an hour. And it appears the…

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3 Steps Towards a Strong Home (Cyber) Security System

You’re wearing your mask, working from home and generally keeping your distance. You’re doing your part to stop the spread of COVID-19, but are you taking all possible precautions? What are you and your company doing to boost your immunity to cyber security threats? In the absence of an on-premises IT department, protection of your company’s data falls to individual employees. It is crucial that employees working from home follow the guidelines below to build a strong and unified cyber security system. 1. Keep Devices Strictly Business A work from home environment creates unique vulnerabilities that cyber criminals are eager…

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How to avoid a Bitcoin blackmail scam

How to avoid a Bitcoin blackmail scam “I know about the secret you are keeping from your wife and everyone else. You can ignore this letter, or pay me a $8600 confidentiality fee in Bitcoin”. It’s enough to send shivers down anyone’s spine, but these chilling words are part of a new scam targeting men. Here’s how it works. Scammers have been sending letters to men, demanding payments using bitcoin in exchange for keeping quiet about alleged affairs. The letter also explains how to use bitcoin to make the payment. This is a criminal extortion attempt to separate people from…

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Build Your Defense Against Cryptojacking, an Increasing Threat

Security Tips to Protect Against Cryptojacking, an Increasing Threat Almi Dumi, eMazzanti Technologies InfoSec Team The first cryptocurrency emerged in 2009 as Bitcoin. Over the past nine years, Bitcoin and other digital currencies have gradually cemented a place on the financial playing field. While the currency has attracted attention for its growth potential and anonymity, it also opens the door to new security threats in the form of cryptojacking. The term “cryptocurrency” combines the words cryptography and currency. And in fact, the money is based on complicated mathematical encryption. Surprisingly, the “coins” only exist as lines of code in a…

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Don’t Fall for Dark Web Sextortion Scam

A wave of fraudulent emails containing real user data obtained from the dark web is hitting computers around the world. The emails include a variant of an old online phishing scam termed ‘sextortion’. This dark web sextortion scam leverages digital-age fears to blackmail recipients and targets computer users in large numbers. Dark web sextortion scam criminals fraudulently blackmail victims into paying a ransom to avoid the distribution of an embarrassing video to family, friends and co-workers. The message claims to have been sent from a hacker who’s breached your computer and used your webcam to record a video of you…

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eMazzanti Technologies Issues Dark Web Sextortion Scam Warning

NYC area IT security consultant advises the public not to pay or fall for cyber-criminals’ false sextortion scam threats Hoboken, New Jersey ­- (Cision) October 4, 2018 — eMazzanti Technologies, a NYC area IT security consultant and MSP, issued a warning today regarding an email “sextortion” scam based on stolen passwords obtained from the dark web. Presently, the company helps customers deal with this and numerous evolving cyber-security threats. The advisory comes in response to increasing emails targeting computer users that threaten embarrassment and demand payment. Alarmingly, the emails cite real user passwords purchased on the dark web as leverage…

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3 Lessons Learned from the LifeLock Bug

3 Lessons Learned from the LifeLock Bug A lot of people (4.5 million) depend on LifeLock, a subsidiary of security giant Symantec, to help them protect their online identity. Ironically, the company recently admitted that a vulnerability on the LifeLock website (LifeLock Bug) had potentially exposed millions of customer email addresses to hackers. This all sounds familiar. Remember the Equifax security breach fiasco? Or, more recently, a website breach at Panera Bread? In each case, unauthorized persons were able to access millions of customer records through the company website. These incidents and dozens more serve as cautionary tales for organizations and…

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eMazzanti Technologies Advances Almi Dumi to Lead Dedicated Cyber Security Team

New eMazzanti CISO heads focused cyber security practice to thwart cyber-criminals and meet increased demand for cyber security services Hoboken, NJ ­- (Cision) August 2, 2018 – eMazzanti Technologies, a New York City area IT consultant and managed services provider, today announced the creation of a dedicated IT security practice. In an internal reorganization, the company has assembled a highly skilled cyber security team of experienced professionals. The firm also promoted Almi Dumi to the position of Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) to lead the cyber security practice and direct the team. According to sources within the company, the creation…

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eMazzanti Technologies Offers Updates to Patch Meltdown and Spectre Security Flaws

Hoboken, New Jersey ­- (Cision) January 9, 2018 — eMazzanti Technologies, a NYC area IT security consultant and MSP, issued emails over the weekend warning customers about the recently publicized Meltdown and Spectre security flaws that affect countless personal, business, cloud and mobile computer processors worldwide. In the urgent communication, the company explains the nature of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities and countermeasures that software giants Microsoft and Apple are undertaking to prevent exploitation of the flaws. eMazzanti then offers to help customers “patch, backup, and install the latest software” to keep their environments up and running. The email notice…

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