Cyber Security Predictions for 2021

Happy New Year! With 2020 over, the world looks with high hopes for a bright new year.  Unfortunately in the cyber world, malware, vulnerabilities, and attacks continue to plague systems.  To stay prepared and protect ourselves against attackers, we can try to anticipate and make predictions for 2021.   Ransomware Attackers wreak havoc  across the globe by using ransomware attacks.  Hospitals, schools, businesses, and consumers never seem to stop finding that their devices and data are held for ransom.  However, attackers continue to create more advanced hacks against their targets.  In 2021 we can predict a large rise in the number of ransomware attacks.  In addition, the world should expect… Read More

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Beware of a New Trojan

Wednesday December 16, 2020 Back in ancient Greek times, armies used the trojan horse as a disguise to infiltrate enemy lines.  The soldiers within the trojan horse laid siege to their enemies while their enemies had no suspicion.  Today, a trojan horse malware is no different.  This form of malware sneaks into your systems and then lays siege to your applications and sensitive information.  Recently, a new trojan snuck its way into systems and targeted browser credentials and Outlook files.   PyMicropsia The threat group, AridViper developed this new trojan, named PyMicropsia.  Python constructs this trojan and is used because of its ability to interact with windows systems.  This trojan… Read More

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Kmart Becomes Victim of Ransomware Egregor

Friday, November 4, 2020 Did you ever get to experience the blue light special?  The blue light special was Kmart’s tactic for putting items on sale and bringing in more sales.  Unfortunately, Kmart began to struggle and sales diminished.  This weeks cyber attack of the week is Kmart, who found themselves a victim of a ransomware attack.   Kmart’s Background The first Kmart store opened up in 1962.  Since then, they grew to a major retail store who could compete with other large corporations such as Walmart and Target.  Eventually, their huge success came to a halt.  In 2002, Kmart filed for bankruptcy.  Bankruptcy and dwindling profits forced Kmart to close… Read More

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Zoom Bombing and Snooping: New Attacks of 2020

Monday, November 9th, 2020 This year, the world faced a major shift in the perspective of the workplace.  Due to COVID-19, many people across the globe transitioned to working remotely.  Programs, such as Zoom, enable business to remain just as productive as before.  Here at Cyber Protection Group, Zoom enables us to work remotely efficiently.  However, the increase in demand for Zoom means the increase in malicious attacks.  For instance, “Zoom Bombing” and “Zoom Snooping” targets many meetings.   What is Zoom Bombing and Snooping? Zoom Bombing You expect to focus on your job functions at a meeting.  Additionally, you should only expect authorized colleagues or other personnel in the… Read More

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Toy Industry Giant, Mattel Faces Ransomware Attack

  Friday, November 6th, 2020 Happy Friday, readers! This week marks the beginning of November, and what some claim to be the official Christmas season.  In the spirit of Christmas, the lists of presents and preparations for the holiday are already underway. Children prepare their lists for Santa, and family members begin the hunt for the perfect gift.  Speaking of gifts, the topic of this week’s cyber attack of the week is toy giant, Mattel. Instead of the upcoming Christmas season being their number one priority, dealing with a ransomware attack takes precedent.    Mattel  To begin, Mattel is a household name when it comes to toys. Like many others,… Read More

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What is a Credential Stuffing Attack?

  After recently covering the cyber attack on Nando’s, a deeper look into what credential stuffing actually is may be needed.   Monday, November 2nd, 2020 Welcome back to a new week! Halloween is over, and the world now shifts their attention to Christmas.  In a parallel sense, last week, CPG covered the cyber attack on Nando’s. But, here at CPG, we’re not quite ready to jump to the next topic.  The attack on Nando’s appeared to be a credential stuffing attack. And while CPG covered the attack in relation to the restaurant chain, I wanted to dive deeper into the topic, and really elaborate on the subject.  Let’s get… Read More

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UK Eatery, Nando’s Faces Cyber Attack

  Friday, October 30th, 2020 Happy Halloween Eve, everyone! Once again, we’re back on another Friday with a new installment of the cyber attack of the week series. This week, CPG is taking a look at a recent cyber attack on a popular restaurant chain in the UK, Nando’s. Further, cybercrooks used a method of attack to attack customer accounts, and execute fraudulent purchases. Let’s get into the attack.   Background on the Nando’s To begin, Nando’s is a South African restaurant chain that prepares a variety of chicken dishes. Their most popular and well-known dish is the  flame-grilled peri-peri style chicken, and a major fan favorite.  The chain operates… Read More

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Popular Murder Mystery Game, Among Us, Spammed and Hacked

g us There is quite literally an Imposter Among Us…   Monday, October 26th, 2020 Welcome back readers! This Monday marks the beginning of Halloween week. For many fans of the spooky holiday, we are preparing for costumes, candy and parties.  But, in the theme of all things spooky and mysterious, CPG is taking a look at a popular murder mystery type of game that is recently under attack.  The game we will be discussing is Among Us by Inner Sloth.    Who or What is Among Us? To begin, the CPG office and the Among Us game go way back. My coworkers and I actually play and enjoy the… Read More

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Ransomware Derails Montreal Public Transport IT Systems

  Friday October 23rd, 2020 Last Friday, the Cyber Attack of the Week series ventured across the pond to London. Today, we’re taking a trip up north to Canada. The city of Montreal to be exact! Although we wish the “trip” were under better circumstances, but, this is a series about cyber attacks. And this week, the Montreal Public Transport System is under attack.    The Attack in Montreal To begin, on October 19th, Société de transport de Montréal suffered an attack that crippled their IT systems, sites and customer support.  While the functions of the actual transport systems continued to operate during the attack, services to aid those with… Read More

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Barnes and Noble Faces Serious Cyber Attack

  Monday, October 19th, 2020 A major data breach, exposed customer information and compromised servers. In this article, CPG will be reviewing the recent cyber attack on Barnes and Noble, and the details featured above.  To begin, Barnes and Noble is one of the largest book retailers in the US. With almost 700 store fronts across the United States, it is safe to say that this company has many customers. But, with a large consumer base, companies must consider the amount of private and payment information that it stores and handles on a daily basis.  Overall, this type of situation brings up the issue of cyber security practices, and the… Read More

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