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Weak passwords and ransomware infections go hand-in-hand

January 22, 2020Ginger Hill, Managing Editor

Did you know … the first ransomware attack happened in 1989 by Joseph L. Popp, a Harvard-trained evolutionary biologist? As history tells us, Popp created the AIDS Trojan, known as the PC Cyborg, and sent 22,000 infected diskettes, labeled “AIDS Information - Introductory Diskettes,” to an international AIDS conference. Unsuspiciously, the diskette did educate the user, but it also infected the user's computer. After approximately 90 reboots, the virus would encrypt files on the hard...

Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, passphrase, Ransomware, secure passwords


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Monitoring Matters

9 tips to stay cyber safe while traveling

October 9, 2019Ginger Hill, Managing Editor

As October presents itself in terms of pumpkin-spiced “everything,” cooler temps, colorful leaves, National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) (ICYMI - we are 2019 Champions) and the announcement of SecurityNext's program, Fall is a whirlwind of excitement! This time of year also reminds me of the extensive travel that takes place to family and friends' homes for holiday gatherings, industry conferences and other work trips, vacations and the like. And, since the world is so hyper-connected,...

Bluetooth, cyber security, NCSAM, NICCS, passphrase, phishing, secure passwords, SecurityNext, U.S. Department of Homeland Security


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