Security
What You Need to Know About Phishing Schemes and Google Docs

Phishing schemes have been a major security concern for many years. However, instances of these attacks have recently seen a substantial increase amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. One type of phishing attack, in particular, has been aimed at those using Google Docs and Google Drive. If you rely on Google Docs or Google Drive to conduct any of your business, you must be aware of this growing threat – and take measures to protect your data. Google Docs Phishing Scams Are On-the-Rise With many teams working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic, more people have been using platforms like Google Docs and Google Drive to share files and collaborate online. While it's true that Google has several safeguards in place on these web apps to protect data, some phishing schemes are able to bypass them by relying on human error. Specifically, when these attacks are carried out, a person may

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The Business of Ransomware & Why It Pays to Stay Protected

While many people tend to think of cyber threats as isolated incidents, this isn't always the case. In fact, it appears that the entire landscape of cybersecurity is changing; in recent years, attacks have even become a part of a thriving underground economy. This is especially true when it comes to ransomware, which many hackers have begun selling as a service to make substantial profits. So, what is ransomware as a service (RaaS), how could it threaten your business, and what can you do to protect yourself from it? Read on to learn more. What Is Ransomware as a Service (Raas)? In the past, those carrying out ransomware attacks needed to know how to create and deploy their own malware. Today, this is not the case. Instead, hackers have realized that they can sell their malware to other cybercriminals. This is known as ransomware as a service. Often, malware developers

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Double Encryption: What It Is & How to Protect Yourself

The term "encryption" typically has positive connotations. After all, encrypting your data is a great way to keep it safe and secure. With that in mind, you would think that "double encryption" would be even better...right? Unfortunately, double encryption actually refers to a new type of ransomware attack that has emerged in the digital space. By understanding what this attack entails and how to protect yourself, you can avoid falling victim to one. What Is Double Encryption? A double encryption ransomware attack occurs when two different ransomware groups target the same user simultaneously. When this happens, the victim may pay off one group with the expectation that their data will be recovered shortly after. However, once they’ve paid off the first attacker, they learn their information is still being held for ransom by a second party. As you can imagine, recovering files and other compromised information after one of these

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All About Deep Packet Inspection and Its Role in Modern Web

With malware and web attacks becoming more common than ever before, there has perhaps never been a more pertinent time to revisit and beef up your organization's cybersecurity strategy. As part of your cybersecurity solutions, you may also want to implement deep packet inspection (DPI) for added peace of mind and protection against data leaks, malware, and other potential security threats. What Is Deep Packet Inspection? Specifically, DPI refers to a method of examining and filtering traffic as it passes through a "checkpoint" on your server. Deep packet inspection is the most thorough filtering method currently in existence. In addition to looking at the source IP address, port number, destination IP address, and other basic information, DPI looks even further at individual packets and their data and metadata. As a result of this deeper inspection, DPI can often identify threats that could otherwise be overlooked as traffic passes through a

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Google Alerts Spreading Malware: What You Need to Know

Google Alerts can be a convenient way to receive notifications on your phone any time new content is posted about something you're interested in. Unfortunately, within the past year, hackers have begun using fraudulent Google Alerts to deliver malware to unsuspecting web users. By understanding how these malware attacks are being carried out and avoiding falling victim, you can keep your important information safe. Google Alerts and Malware: What Happened? In 2020, fraudsters began using black search engine optimization (SEO) and Google Sites to create fake Google Alerts notifications. Specifically, these hackers create fake websites, usually for things like contests, giveaways, and other types of spoofed content from popular sources. From there, scammers use black-hat SEO strategies to help these sites capture the attention of Google's search algorithms. Google Alerts will pick up these sites as legitimate sources, not realizing the links lead to malware, and send out alerts to

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What You Need to Know About Automatic Failover

You rely on your server to keep your data safe and secure. Unfortunately, many scenarios could render a traditional server compromised. From natural disasters to cybersecurity attacks, your sensitive data is never more than one disaster away from potential loss. The good news? There are proactive steps you can take to protect your data and ensure that it is not lost in the event of a disaster or other emergency. Specifically, more people are relying on a redundancy known as automatic failover. By learning more about what automatic failover is and how it can protect your data, you can begin using it for added security and peace of mind. What Is Automatic Failover and How Does It Work? Specifically, automatic failover refers to a practice that allows data handling to automatically be switched to another server or standby system in the event of a disaster or other emergency that could

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What Are Side-Channel Attacks and Why Are They so Dangerous?

These days, it seems as though new cyber threats are creeping up constantly. In fact, with so many emerging risks (especially in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic), it can be difficult to keep up with the dangers lurking around every facet of the web. Recently, there has been an increase in side-channel attacks. If you've never heard of this type of cyber threat, it’s important to educate yourself, as they can pose a huge risk, even to otherwise well-protected entities. Below, we’re discussing everything you need to know: What Is a Side-Channel Attack? A side-channel attack is a highly advanced cyber threat that uses information leaked by cryptography. This could include, for example, monitoring the electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation emitted by a computer screen to view data or even spying on the power consumption of a device to obtain an encryption key. In some cases, these types of cyber-attack

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The LittleBigPlanet DDoS Attack: What It Means for the Gaming Industry

In the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and stay-at-home orders across the globe, more people are turning to online gaming as a hobby than ever before. Popular online games like Playstation's LittleBigPlanet puzzle game, for example, have an estimated 13.4 million players worldwide. Unfortunately, it seems as though the more popular an online game is, the more prone it is to DDoS and other attacks. This has been the case with LittleBigPlanet, which suffered a major distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack earlier this year. Let’s take a closer look at this issue its consequences. What Happened During the LittleBigPlanet DDoS Attack? In March of 2021, Sony found itself with no choice but to take down its LittleBigPlanet servers following a large DDoS attack that was believed to be carried out by a disgruntled gamer. Even before this event, the game and its servers had fallen victim to a

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How Ransomware Threatens Online Gamers

Unfortunately, ransomware attacks are nothing new. For years, hackers have been using ransomware to essentially "hijack" important files. From there, the data is held for ransom digitally until the victim pays the fee requested. Often, these attacks have been used against major companies and even financial institutions – and instances of ransomware attacks have only increased since the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic hit. What a lot of people haven't realized, however, is that these events are not limited to major corporations and financial institutions. In fact, in recent months, there has been an increase in ransomware attacks against gamers. Whether you consider yourself a hardcore gamer or simply like to dabble in online gaming, you should be aware of these threats and how to protect yourself. Ransomware Gaming Attacks How do ransomware attacks work on gamers? In most cases, attackers are hacking into gamers' online accounts and holding their data hostage.

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What Is a Ping of Death DDoS Attack?

If you host a website, you’ve likely heard of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, an increasingly common cyber-attack that targets servers and floods them with fake traffic. There are many different types of DDoS attacks, but one that many people are unaware of is known as a "ping of death" attack.  Below, we’re discussing everything you need to know about this digital threat and what you can do to protect your site. Let’s take a look! Understanding Ping of Death DDoS Attacks What are ping of death attacks, and why haven't more people heard of them? The reality is that DDoS attacks were much more common in the 1990s. As IP-based technology became more advanced, these attacks became more difficult for hackers to carry out and thus fell by the wayside. Unfortunately, though, there has been a recent uptick in these attacks (especially among iPhone and Apple users), making

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