How Ransomware Gangs Negotiate with Their Victims

Hacking into a corporate network and encrypting files does not mean that a ransomware attack was successful. Ransomware attacks are only successful if they make money for the hacking group, and ransom payments can never be guaranteed. Almost no company will instantly agree to pay whatever ransom is demanded, unless the files are vital to … Continue reading How Ransomware Gangs Negotiate with Their Victims

Evil Job Interviews and Poisoned Resumes: Cyber Attacks and the Job Market

The prevailing political and economic atmosphere often determines the behavior of hackers. Look at today's job market. Currently, employers are having a difficult time finding workers. Under such conditions, they may be more willing to overlook weak candidates or poorly designed resumes to get people to fill a necessary position. Potential employees may be pickier … Continue reading Evil Job Interviews and Poisoned Resumes: Cyber Attacks and the Job Market

Digging up Sandworm: The Biggest Threat to the U.S. Power Grid

Russia's Sandworm hacking group has been specializing in bringing down power grids for years. It orchestrated the first recognized, successful attack on a power grid when it disrupted the power supply for 230,000 people in Ukraine in 2015. The following year, the Industroyer malware took down the power supply to one-fifth of the population of … Continue reading Digging up Sandworm: The Biggest Threat to the U.S. Power Grid

Clouds of Dangerous TLStorm Appear on the Horizon

Probably everyone has heard of zero-day attacks. These are attacks that take advantage of previously unknown software or hardware vulnerabilities to accomplish their goals. However, these attacks are rare, generally coming from well-funded government or private hacking groups. Most serious cyberattacks occur when hackers exploit unpatched but known vulnerabilities. These attacks succeed in proportion to … Continue reading Clouds of Dangerous TLStorm Appear on the Horizon

Scamming, Spying, and Stalking Using Call Forwarding

I don't use call forwarding and, because of this, I'd be a perfect target for the call forwarding scam. So, if you know nothing about call forwarding, read this post or become a victim. It's as simple as that. Call forwarding is a useful service. If, for example, you want calls forwarded from your office … Continue reading Scamming, Spying, and Stalking Using Call Forwarding

Russia’s AcidRain Malware Destroys Satellite Receivers across Europe

Russia began its war on Ukraine with a series of wiper malware attacks. Wiper attacks simply want to make a device inoperable by destroying its boot sector. It's basically an offensive cyber weapon. As of this writing, there have been seven separate wiper malware variants identified. Among these was one which targeted Viasat modems. The … Continue reading Russia’s AcidRain Malware Destroys Satellite Receivers across Europe

Hackers Exploit Link Hovering to Steal Login Credentials

GoogIe, goog1e, goog/e, goog|e, G00gle, google, and google, are not Google. They are variations that hackers sometimes use to hide the name of the real site they want you to visit, because, when they get you there, they can take advantage of their ploy to steal your Google login credentials. In the Edge browser: GoogIe … Continue reading Hackers Exploit Link Hovering to Steal Login Credentials

Taking Your Cyberattacks on Russia to the Next Level

Congratulations to those of you who participated in the DDoS attacks that I reported on in my last post. They created numerous headlines like the following from Quartz. The attack vectors I reported on are still doing their job of keeping government, military, and media websites offline. However, some people may want to do more, … Continue reading Taking Your Cyberattacks on Russia to the Next Level

You Can Fight Russia from the Comfort of Your Home… Yes, This Means You

There was a time when only able-bodied men were asked to fight in wars; well, not anymore. Now you can fight Russian aggression no matter what your age or physical condition may be. You could be 100 years old and blind and still play a part because this war is not the same as the … Continue reading You Can Fight Russia from the Comfort of Your Home… Yes, This Means You

Fake Ukraine Charity Scams Taking Their Toll

The more emotional the crisis, the more scammers will use it to generate money for themselves. People are basically good and want to help those in need. At such times,they tend to let their emotions guide them. The emotions targeted by scammers in this tsunami of Ukrainian-based phishing emails are sympathy and anger. These are … Continue reading Fake Ukraine Charity Scams Taking Their Toll