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    No Deal Is Worth Identity Theft: Ways to Prepare for Secure Holiday Shopping

    By Kevin Baker The holidays are upon us and with them often comes a mad rush to “Act now!” to score the best online deals “before it’s too late!” Unfortunately, competitive, hurried Black Friday-type shopping can translate to distracted shopping,…

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    Dear Ramey: Security Awareness Must Be Continual Awareness

    ANSWERING BURNING QUESTIONS FROM VICTIMS OF CYBER EVENTS. DEAR RAMEY: Last year during the holidays, I remember seeing a lot of articles about breaches. As we move towards this holiday season, should we expect the same? What can we do to protect…

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    Fool Us Once … BlackMatter Initial Access Tactics Point to a Possible REvil Association

    BY CYBER THREAT INTELLIGENCE TEAM Arete observed an overlap between a recent BlackMatter case and a Q1 2021 REvil case. In both instances, the actors leveraged the NodeJS-based Gootloader to deliver a CobaltStrike payload. In a March 2021 insight,…

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    PYSA: 2020 to Now

    BY ARETE CYBER THREAT INTELLIGENCE TEAM  PYSA is the newest variant of the Mespinoza Ransomware as a Service (RaaS) family, which was first observed infecting victims in the wild in December 2019. PYSA is likely a reference to the open-source web…

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    Teach a Man Not to Be Phished

    BY KEVIN BAKER  Email phishing scams are rampant. And to help you avoid falling victim to one, I’m offering five easy to-dos. 1. STAY ALERT. When it comes to defeating cybercrime, awareness is step number one. While deceptive emails aren’t the…

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    Dear Ramey: Bad Guys Deleted Our Data. How Do We Get It Back?

    ANSWERING BURNING QUESTIONS FROM VICTIMS OF CYBER EVENTS DEAR RAMEY: My organization was hacked. The bad guy found our data and deleted it — including our backups! All they left was a note stating, “Send a message to this email address to get your…

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    Fundamentals of Ransomware: What to Do Before and After Ransomware Strikes

    By Raj Sivaraju   Amid the pandemic and as more people began working from home via unsecure networks, India saw a 31 percent rise in ransomware attacks.[i] What’s more, according to the Sophos “State of Ransomware 2020” study, of 300…

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    DasH into the Future of Cybercrime

    By Jaycee Roth  It is 6:30AM on a Monday morning, you are startled awake by your phone receiving a call. It is Veronica, a long-time employee complaining that she cannot access any of the data on the shared D: drive – a critical drive to the…

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    Six Decrees of Kevin Baker: Top Tips to Improve Cybersecurity Today

    When I work with clients, I mention a good many things they can do to improve their security. Sometimes I’ll advise on an area I think they need to understand about their company. Sometimes I’ll suggest implementing specific security controls. Some…

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    What To Do When A Hacker Encrypts Your Data

    What should your first step be when a hacker cracks your system? Evgueni Erchov, Arete's head of security research & strategy shares insight with Risk & Insrance's Autumn Demberger.

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