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Attackers Are Targeting Healthcare: Here's 4 Things You Need to Do Now

In the third quarter of 2018 alone, 4.4 million patient records were compromised across 117 disclosed health data breaches. This shows that health care continues to be targeted by criminals. The largest breach was UnityPoint, with 1.4 million records compromised.

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Universities Beware: Attackers Are Getting Savvy with Fake Cyber Security Courses

Is your university protected? Iranian hackers attempted to attack U.K. universities with fake, government-certified cyber security courses. They accessed at least one college account.

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These Factors MUST Work For Every Successful Ransomware Attack. DNS is Always Involved.

A government agency that found itself infected with ransomware and having to pay the ransom to restore service. Another local agency has opted not to pay the ransom and restore operations. Ransomware targeted at organizations is still a threat and even with backups, you have a highly disruptive and public event to try to get back online that comes with serious costs and potentially lost revenue.

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Bite Size Security News: Now Is The Time For Zero Trust Security

Zero Trust Networking is that all network communication should be considered untrusted unless otherwise designated as safe (i.e. with authentication, a known source, or other criteria).

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Bite Size Security News: Apple Denies Cybersecurity Breach to Congress

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Bite Size Security News: What Facebook's Breach Means

Organizations store and maintain more consumer data than ever and the failure to protect it (or having it breached) can mean real losses. One estimate suggests Facebook may by on the hook for over a $1B USD fine for the current breach.

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Why Foreign Hackers Are Targeting Lawmakers' Personal Accounts

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 19, 2017. (Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post)

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Here's the 20 Most Abused TLDs According to ThreatSTOP Data

One of the goals of threat research is to establish the adversary’s patterns of behavior. Why? So models can be created to predict their behavior, then proactively block them. The fact is, criminals and spies are still people, and people have patterns of activity. They often chose the same providers, same techniques, and same tools across multiple operations. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it,” as the saying goes.

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ThreatSTOP Revolutionizes Security Industry with New Blockchain Offering

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In the past few years, we’ve seen a radical shift from traditional paradigms in transactions. With the emergence of blockchain, decentralized peer-to-peer transactions have replaced typical financial arrangements and revolutionized the financial world. In a few short years, the landscape for financial institutions has radically changed. Yet, the surface has barely been scratched in the ways blockchains can disrupt other entrenched industries. Enterprises have two choices, adopt the blockchain or be left in the stone age. The question is, why should your security program be any different?

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The High Price of Not STFU: Guccifer 2.0 Reportedly Identified

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Recently, we learned that it seems authorities have identified our friend, Guccifer 2.0. The main mechanism for this is that through Guccifer 2.0’s frequent communications via Twitter and ProtonMail, on one occasion he neglected to notice he was not connected to his favorite VPN service, Elite VPN. This means authorities were able to get his actual IP address when he was communicating openly while engaging in his portion of the influence operation.

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