malware terminology

The Terminology of Malware – What You Need to Know

Computer Virus

A computer virus is a malicious software program loaded onto a user’s computer without the user’s knowledge and performs malicious actions. In more technical terms, a computer virus is a type of malicious code or program written to alter the way a computer operates. A virus operates by inserting or attaching itself to a legitimate program or document that supports macros (software code inside of a Word document) to execute its code. In the process, a virus has the potential to cause unexpected or damaging effects, such as harming the system software by corrupting or destroying data. ...

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What Can a Hacker Do With Your Computer?

I often hear people say that they don’t understand why a hacker would be interested in their computer and subsequent life. When you consider how much you do on your computer, it becomes clear that the value of your computer lies in the life you have built over your lifetime. This image shows you what a hacker can do with your computer. ...

malvertising

The Anatomy of Malvertising

Malicious Advertisements

Online advertising companies are notorious for not protecting their information systems from malware, and that has resulted in a flood of malware infections commonly known as a malvertisement. Thousands of computers can be infected within minutes of a malvertisement going live. Online advertisement companies have made a small course correction in the last two years, but the effort is not nearly enough to stem the tide of malvertising. Publishers and ad brokers still lack authentication and authorization mechanisms along with necessary malware scanning because of the volume of advertisements that are submitted, so a complaint system is used to tackle issues. We carefully review which advertisements are placed on our website, so you don’t have to worry. ...

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Equifax Data Breach Exposes 145.5 Million Records

What is Equifax? It’s a consumer credit reporting agency. Recently, on September 18, 2017, Equifax noticed it was a victim to what turned out to be one of the largest security breaches in history, and in early March it had begun “notifying a small number of outsiders and banking customers” about this attack.

Equifax was warned months before the breach about vulnerabilities ...

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Briggs Stratton Healthcare Information Breach 2017

Briggs and Stratton, a maker of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment, were breached and client information was stolen.

NATURE OF THE BREACH

Briggs and Stratton experienced a malware attack(software that is intended to damage or disable computers and computer systems) on Briggs’ computer systems at its Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Munnsville, New York locations that potentially compromised information from approximately July 25, 2017, to July 28, 2017. Briggs became aware of this incident on July 25, 2017, and took extreme steps to both contain and thoroughly investigate the attack. Although Briggs has no evidence of misuse of the stolen information, they notified individuals out of an abundance of caution. The malware, by its nature, could have allowed a third party to access, use, and disclose individuals’ account-related, human resources, and health plan information as listed on the sample copy of the notice enclosed, the public letter says. ...