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Articles and Comments By James McQuiggan

Expert Commentary
Experts Reaction On White House Releases Post-SolarWinds Federal Software Security Requirements
September 15 , 2022 by James McQuiggan
The documents coming forthwith are guidance and not regulation. Unlike the FEDRamp compliance, where...
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Icefall Vulnerabilities, Insight Discussion.
June 22 , 2022 by James McQuiggan
Regarding OT (operational technology) systems used in manufacturing, power generation, or industrial...
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Cloudflare Prevents One Of The Largest DDoS Attack Recorded
June 16 , 2022 by James McQuiggan
Previous DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks utilized IoT (Internet of things devices) with...
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FBI Warning On Ransomware Attacks Against The Agriculture Sector
April 22 , 2022 by James McQuiggan
No organization ever wants to get hit with ransomware as it will interrupt the business and services...
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Data of 820,000 NYC Students Compromised In Hack Of Online Grading System
March 29 , 2022 by James McQuiggan
Cybercriminals do not care whose data they steal, mainly if it contains names, birthdays and other p...
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Quest-owned Fertility Clinic Announces Data Breach After August Ransomware Attack
October 13 , 2021 by James McQuiggan
While focusing on patient care, healthcare organizations struggle to secure their patient data, as t...
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1.1 Bil Pieces Of User Data Scraped From Alibaba's Taobao Shopping Site
June 18 , 2021 by James McQuiggan
When organizations discover they have been breached, it is usually determined that the cyber crimina...
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Canada Post Discloses Data Breach
May 27 , 2021 by James McQuiggan
Cyber criminals work to achieve two things -- money and data they can sell for money. Data breaches...
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Experts Responses on Verizon DBiR Findings
May 14 , 2021 by James McQuiggan
\"Phishing is responsible for the vast majority of breaches in this pattern, with cloud-based email...
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Experts Reaction On Malaysia Airlines 9 Years Old Data Breach
March 03 , 2021 by James McQuiggan
Within society, any time we provide any information about ourselves to another organization, there i...
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NPower Shutsdown App After Hackers Steal Customer Bank Info
February 26 , 2021 by James McQuiggan
We all know it\'s easier to remember one style of password or one password for all of our accounts....
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Security Expert Reaction On U.S CBP Uses Facial Recognition To Verify Travelers
February 15 , 2021 by James McQuiggan
Facial recognition over the past several years has been an active tool within various government gro...
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Ubiquiti Urges Customers To Quickly Enable 2FA
January 13 , 2021 by James McQuiggan
Cybercriminals utilize various attack vectors to access organizations. A primary example is via soci...
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Experts Insight On Web Hosting Giant Managed.com Hit By Ransomware And Taken Offline
November 18 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
It\'s essential to have documented procedures for handling various incidents and responses to suppor...
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Security Expert Re: Scammers Impersonate IRS, Threaten Legal Action As Tax Payment Deadline Looms
November 11 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
One of the lures of social engineering scams is the use of fear. Cybercriminals will create an email...
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Cyber Experts Comment On Bitdefender Report: The ‘New Normal’ State Of Cybersecurity
November 05 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
All organizations must have a robust security program that includes a repeatable change management p...
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Expert Reacted On Microsoft Says Iranian Hackers "Phosphorus" Targeted Conference Attendees
October 29 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
The mailing lists for previous conferences could have been collected via a data breach or other thef...
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Security Blueprints Of Many Companies Leaked In Hack Of Swedish Firm Gunnebo - Experts Reaction
October 29 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
When it comes to ransomware attacks, it\'s important to note that the data encryption process is the...
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Experts Reacted On Massive US Voters And Consumers Databases Circulate Among Hackers
October 26 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
During voting season, being able to assemble an extensive database of the population of the United S...
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Expert Advice To Protect Universities In This New Year Against Latest Iranian Hackers
October 15 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
One of the common tactics used by nation-state threat actors or cybercriminals for phishing attacks...
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Comment: Ransomware at healthcare firm delays clinical trials
October 06 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
Healthcare organizations are a prime target for ransomware, as they contain sensitive patient data....
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Expert On News: Treasury Warns Against Keeping Ransomware Payments Quiet
October 04 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
Many years ago, in Italy, there were many kidnappings by organised crime groups of the wealthy and a...
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Experts On News That Gamers Hit With Over 14 Million Credential Stuffing Attacks Daily
October 01 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
Credential stuffing against the gaming population is lucrative, as it provides access to personal in...
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Experts Insight On Major US Twitter Accounts Hacked in Bitcoin Scam
July 16 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
Several years ago, there was a similar event where a few accounts were seemingly breached. It turned...
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Persuasive Office 365 Phishing Uses Fake Zoom Suspension Alerts
July 10 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
Cyber criminals are shifting their focus away from an email containing information about package del...
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New Ransomware Dubbed EvilQuest Targets MacOS Users
July 01 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
It was only a matter of time before ransomware targeting Mac OS X became available in the wild, and...
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‘USB For Remote Desktop’ Bug Lets Hackers Add Fake Devices
June 18 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
When it comes to developing products for organizations to support, security must be baked in during...
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Experts On US Bank Customers Targeted In Ongoing Qbot Campaign
June 16 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
It\'s not surprising that malware from over ten years ago is still active and recoded for new attack...
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Expert Insight On FBI Alerts Of Increased Hacking Targeting Mobile Banking Apps
June 11 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
Why do criminals rob banks? \"Because that\'s where the money is.\" This popular response originates...
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Valak Loader Revamped To Rob Microsoft Exchange Servers - Expert Comments
May 29 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
Just like organizations providing a service or product, they are continually updating it to improve...
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Microsoft Warns Of PonyFinal Ransomware With Infections Detected Across Iran, India And US
May 29 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
We usually discover that the attack vector for ransomware was through a user\'s endpoint and email c...
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Experts Reaction On Japan Investigates Potential Leak of Prototype Missile Data in Mitsubishi Hack
May 22 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
The last thing an organisation wants to do is admit they were the subject of a data breach where int...
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Expert Comment: Hacking Group ShinyHunters Selling Over 73 Million Records On Dark Web
May 12 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
Criminal hacking groups are all about getting the most money for the records they steal or collect f...
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Cybersecurity Expert On Cisco Webex Phishing Uses Fake Cert Errors To Steal Credentials
May 08 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
Criminal groups prey on their victims using urgent requests and fear to get their users to click on...
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Comment: LockBit Ransomware Self-spreads To Quickly Encrypt 225 Systems
May 06 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
Often, during times when there are cases of ransomware, it\'s due to a successful social engineering...
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EventBot Steals Banking Passwords And 2FA Codes - Experts Insight
May 01 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
The Android malware attacks are increasing their level of sophistication to what we see on computer...
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Comment: Fake Fedex And UPS Delivery Issues Used In COVID-19 Phishing
April 28 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
One of the most common phishing scams is to use a delivery shipment as the subject of the email. The...
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Experts Comments On iPhone's Could Be Vulnerable To Email Software Hack
April 23 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
This type of vulnerability is disturbing because it involves no action by the user, as they may not...
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Expert Insight On News: SBA Website Leaks Personal Data Of 8,000 Small-Business Loan Applicants
April 22 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
Organisations with robust security programs will benefit from security awareness training programs f...
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Security Awareness Expert On New E-skimmer Discovered On WordPress Site Utilizing WooCommerce Plugin
April 14 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
Third-party plugins are always a high-value target for criminals, as it\'s an easy way to access hun...
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Industry Leaders And Cybersecurity Experts Insight On Marriott International Data Breach
April 01 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
Marriott has stated that the breach stemmed from two compromised employee accounts. This highlights...
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Experts Insight On A Mysterious Hacker Group Is Eavesdropping On Corporate Email And FTP Traffic
March 31 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
It\'s a common rule of thumb in cybersecurity for organizations to be aware of the products utilized...
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Experts Insight On Chubb Ins. Reports 2019 Ransomware Attacks Outpacing 2018
March 30 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
Your security is only as strong as the weakest third party\'s security program. If their security pr...
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Expert Comments: Over 25% Of Security Alerts Are False Positives
March 18 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
False positives are always a concern when working with large amounts of data from various monitoring...
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Malicious COVID19 Tracker App Locks Phones For Ransom - Expert Insight
March 17 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
With the happenings in the world regarding the Coronavirus/COVID-19, organizations and people want t...
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Walgreens Mobile Data Leak - Commentary From Experts
March 03 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
It is apparent that Walgreens takes protecting their customer\'s health information very seriously,...
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Experts Insight On Decathlon Suffers Major Breach Impacting Over 120 Million Customers
February 26 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
Employees responsible for protecting and using data need to have a robust security program in place...
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Newly Composed Mozart Malware Found To Be Highly Evasive - Expert Insight
February 26 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
This type of attack is supporting evidence that criminal hackers are evolving their tactics, tools a...
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Expert Comments On Over 30 Data Breach Incidents in Health Care Reported So Far In 2020, Affecting Over 1 Million Individuals
February 21 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
Six weeks into the new year and the healthcare industry is getting beat up by the criminal hackers w...
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Well-Known Corporate Brands Targeted In Phishing Attack - Comments
February 18 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
The SLK file indicates the criminal hackers are evolving their attack vectors to get people to click...
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LokiBot Trojan Malware Campaign Impersonates Epic Games Launcher - Experts Response
February 18 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
With a popular game being targeted, the criminals are going after young children, or teens that play...
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Siemens, Moxa Devices Exposed To DoS Attacks By Profinet Vulnerability - Experts Reaction
February 17 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
Recently Profinet released a press release that Profinet International are improving the security of...
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Dell SupportAssist Bug Exposes Business, Home PCs To Attacks
February 12 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
It\'s important for consumers and organizations to patch not only Windows operating systems, but all...
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1.2 Million CPR Numbers Of Danish Citizens Leaked Through Tax Service - Experts Reaction
February 11 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
Whether or not Google had visibility into the CPR numbers for Danish residents, which have similar i...
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Experts On FBI Warns Re Potential DDoS Attack On State Voter Registration Website
February 06 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
Denial of Service (DoS) attacks still remain a popular attack vector for criminals against organizat...
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New Ransomware Ekans - Expert Analysis
February 05 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
Ransomware is continuing its evolution to now impact ICS systems and networks and these additional s...
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Comment: Wordpress Plugin Bug Exposes 200K+ Sites
January 31 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
For users and organizations who use WordPress for their website needs, they\'ll want to make sure th...
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Experts Analysis Of Wawa Breach Potentially Compromised 30 Million+ Payment Cards
January 30 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
It\'s been a month since the Wawa breach was discovered that the card information is showing up as a...
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Chrome Web Store Announces Temporary Shutdown After Wave Of Fraudulent Transactions - Experts Reaction
January 28 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
Browser extensions are like a third-party plugin, not created by the original manufacturer, but desi...
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Comments On Thousands Of WordPress Sites Hacked To Fuel Scam Campaign
January 24 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
An organization\'s \"front door\" is their website and a target for criminals as they attempt to gai...
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Comments On The Hanna Anderson Magecart Attack
January 22 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
Magecart is a simple bit of code that is sophisticatedly injected into websites to steal credit card...
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EXPERT COMMENT: Shop16 Phishing Campaign Now Targets PayPal Customers
January 22 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
Phishing will continue to be a tool in the hacker toolbox and these kind of attacks show an evolutio...
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Experts Comments On European Commission Considers Temporary Facial Recognition Ban
January 20 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
Facial recognition partnered with AI can lead to issues where people are falsely identified and coul...
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Comments: Dating Apps Leak Personal Data
January 15 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
It is difficult in today\'s society with social media applications for people to actually read the p...
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Over 1 Billion Medical Records Exposed Online - Experts Comments
January 14 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
It\'s unfortunate that in today\'s environment with HIPAA, that researchers are discovering these me...
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Iran's Potential Cyber Retribution Strategies Against US - 3 Experts Comments
January 07 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
While the USA is always a target to nation states, organizations should be aware of a potential targ...
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Iranian General Qasem Soleimani: Cyber Implications Comments From Cyber Expert
January 06 , 2020 by James McQuiggan
While the USA is always a target to nationstates, organisations should be aware of a potential targe...
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2020 Cybersecurity Landscape: 100+ Experts' Predictions
December 21 , 2019 by James McQuiggan
As energy facilities continue to be targeted for cyber attacks, the need for Operation Technology (O...
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Expert Comment: Gaming Site Nexus Mods Discloses Data Breach
December 20 , 2019 by James McQuiggan
Organizations that have databases containing email addresses, usernames and passwords will want to h...
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LifeLabs Reveals Data Breach, Pays Ransom To Secure Personal Info Of 15M People
December 19 , 2019 by James McQuiggan
Organizations responsible for collecting and maintaining sensitive information, like healthcare reco...
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Juniper Networks, KnowBe4 re Chrome 79 Security Features & Fixes
December 13 , 2019 by James McQuiggan
It’s important to be aware of the risks of using browsers to access webpages and while 51 security...
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New Phishing Campaign Targeting Gov’t Departments Around The World - Commentary From Email Security Expert
December 13 , 2019 by James McQuiggan
Criminal hackers are evolving their phishing emails to make them extremely convincing to the end use...
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Ryuk Ransomware Decryptor Bug Could Lead To Loss Of Data
December 11 , 2019 by James McQuiggan
The criminals behind Ryuk are evolving their attack vectors to reduce the time to encrypt data and i...
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Plundervolt's New Attack Affects Intel CPUs - Expert Comments
December 11 , 2019 by James McQuiggan
With the Intel CPUs in a majority of systems worldwide, it will be important for end users to apply...
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Expert Comments On The Use Of Public USB Charging Stations
November 18 , 2019 by James McQuiggan
Smartphones and tablets are wonderful devices and people rely on them for email, pictures or social...
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Experts Comments On Orvis.com Leaked Internal Passwords On Pastebin
November 13 , 2019 by James McQuiggan
Keeping track of passwords within the business gets complex when you’re using local accounts. It...
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Experts On AsusWRT/Amazon Alexa Data Leak
November 06 , 2019 by James McQuiggan
The ASUSWRT application is used by Asus routers to manage private wifi networks of the user. Alexa...