Massachusetts School District Faces Cyber Attack due to COVID-19

  Monday, October 12th, 2020 What a busy week for cyber security news! (and it is only Monday). In previous articles, CPG mentions the countless ransomware attacks on the medical industry.  We see that due to COVID-19, cyber attacks, especially ransomware, are at an all time high.  Further, as we previously discussed the attacks on hospitals, attackers also have their eyes on another target, public schools. And for this article, a public school district specifically in Massachusetts.   School is Out in Massachusetts To begin, those who use ransomware, or any type of cyber attack in general are always looking for those in trouble, so to speak. For example, due… Read More

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Ransomware Attack Halts COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Progress

  Friday October 9th, 2020 If you have a TV or internet access, you know that the chronicles of a COVID-19 vaccine pop in and out of new headlines, constantly. In that lies the debate of whether or not the general public will receive the vaccine, or even if it will ever be released at all.  Nonetheless, the topic of today’s article is about the vaccine, but also a ransomware attack. Recently, a ransomware attack against the research lab developing a COVID-19 vaccine experienced production issues due to the attack. This Friday, CPG is here with the latest on the cyber attack, and ready to discuss. Let’s begin.   Cyber… Read More

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Patient Care is now at Risk due to Ransomware Attacks on US Hospitals

  Monday October 5th, 2020 Over the course of the pandemic, hospitals and other medical facilities face unprecedented times. From strict mask and safety gear procedures to contact COVID-19 positive patients. Overall, hospitals have enough on their plates right now. But, also as a result of the pandemic, ransomware attacks on the medical industry are at an all time high.  Attackers are taking advantage of these chaotic times to attack and extort medical practices.    The Ransomware Attack Today, CPG is covering the topic of the risk hospitals and other medical facilities currently face. As mentioned above, ransomware attacks on hospitals are occurring all over the world. Hospitals who are… Read More

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Executive Order in Minnesota will Share Addresses of those with COVID-19

  October 2nd, 2020 Welcome back readers to another installment of the cyber attack of the week series here at CPG. As we welcome the fall weather, spooky season is now among us.  Many are currently planning fall activities like Halloween parties and trick or treating here in the US. Further, with Halloween right around the corner, what will the scariest costume be this year? A ghost? Jason from Friday the 13th? Carole Baskin from Tiger King? No, not quite… Government officials of all ranks may just take the cake. In the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many disagree with choices of those elected to govern.  To elaborate, in one… Read More

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Apple’s IOS 14 is Now Available 

  Monday, September 28th, 2020 Recently revealed last week, the new update for Apple devices, IOS 14 is now available for download.  Many new features in the IOS are gaining tremendous popularity on social platforms. The most popular feature currently is the redesigned home screen and widgets, but we will dive into that in a moment.  First, let’s take a look at how to download the update, and some of the most popular features IOS 14 has to offer.   Updating your Software to IOS 14 To begin, before we are able to enjoy the new update, we first have to download and install it. Apple device users are able… Read More

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CNO / College of Nurses Ontario Faces Cyber Attack

  Now nurses are not only at risk for exposure to COVID-19, but now also cyber attacks…   Friday, September 25th, 2020 Welcome back readers for another installment of the cyber attack of the week series! Today, we are looking at a recent cyber attack on The College of the Nurses of Ontario (CNO). To begin, “CNO is the governing body for Registered Nurses (RNs), Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) and Nurse Practitioners (NPs) in Ontario, Canada” (Via CNO’s Website).  The college works to train those in the field as well and provides such services for those in the area. Due to the recent cyber attack, CNO made the decision to… Read More

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Oracle and Walmart Create Deal to Purchase TikTok

  The clock is quite literally ticking on the future of Tik Tok.   Monday, September 21st, 2020 Over the weekend, the most popular topic of discussion appears to be the future of TikTok, once again. Tik Tok, a video sharing platform currently owned by Chinese-based company ByteDance, seems to have an impending expiration date that just keeps getting adjusted.  But, as each date of banishment in the US nears, rumors and statements regarding a new buyer appear, and seem to save the day once again.  To explain, if you haven’t been keeping up with the headlines on TikTok, allow me to bring you up to speed. Due to the… Read More

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Office Supplies Giant, Staples, Hit with Cyber Attack

  I am willing to bet this retail giant is hoping to put a pin, or a staple, in their major data breach…   Friday, September 18th, 2020 Hello readers, I am proud to say we’ve made it to Friday once again! And why not celebrate with jokes about cyber attacks and staples? All right I get it, that joke at the top might be a stretch, but it is a great way to introduce our 30th cyber attack of the week. This week, CPG is taking a look at the cyber attack on Staples. The office supply giant recently disclosed a data breach that put a large number of… Read More

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Zoom Announces Two-Factor Authentication for All

  This week, Zoom reveals that the two-factor authentication feature will now be available to all users on the platform.   Monday, September 14th, 2020 To begin, as the headline reads, 2FA is now available for all users (paid and free) on the Zoom platform.  Due to COVID, hundreds of thousands of businesses closed their office doors, and are now working remotely.  In order to still be able to communicate face to face, virtually of course, many companies turned to Zoom in order to stay connected to one another. Further, throughout quarantine and even now, the popularity overwhelmed the platform causing a plethora of technological and security issues.  Nonetheless, the… Read More

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Roper St. Francis Hospital in South Carolina Faces Data Breach

  Cyber Attack of the Week 29 – Roper St. Francis Hospital Ah, yes. Sunny South Carolina. Every year many enjoy its various vacation spots like Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island and the historic city of Charleston.  While this may be the ideal vacation spot for many on the east coast of the US, it’s not always sunshine and blissful vacations. Recently, a hospital with many locations in the state faced a cyber attack. Further, the medical institute in question, Roper St. Francis, now reveals that the information of over 6,000 patients is now at risk. CPG is now on the case, ready to bring you up to date on… Read More

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