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Cyber Criminals- Holding Small Business Data Hostage For Money

Posted By Matt Maggiora, TeamLogicIT, Friday, April 15, 2016

Attend our Free April 27th Event on cyber security for small businesses and learn how to protect yourself.

Event Time- April 27th, 20016  from 11:30 to 1:00pm

Where: 2730 W. Augua Fria Freeway ( the café downstairs)

Who Should Attend: Businesses with 6 or more employees

Contact: Matt Maggiora at 480-436-7747 or email him at mmaggiora@teamlogicit.com

 

Criminals are targeting small businesses 

Extortionists have again stepped up their global assaults, this time unleashing an especially elusive and destructive bug called Locky. It didn’t take long for February’s large-scale attack to claim victims, including medical facilities in California and Kentucky.

Seasoned IT pros will recognize Locky’s malicious attack-mode, which mimics the poisoned document macro-attack of Dridex, a notorious bank-industry Trojan.

In Dridex fashion, a Locky-laced document arrives in the inbox as an invoice or other “urgent” correspondence. If users click, and macros (usually disabled by default) are turned on, Locky quickly spreads to all connected drives. A single infected text-document can hijack your entire system, paralyzing operations until a ransom is paid.

Locky also does something that makes its smarter and scarier than other programs.

“It gathers detailed statistics about each victim, which is highly unusual for ransomware,” reports security company Kaspersky. Crooks apparently use this information to determine the value of encrypted files so they can set the ransom amount for maximum profit.

Interestingly, the California and Kentucky hospitals reportedly paid less than $2,000 each to liberate ransomed data, perhaps signaling something of a “volume” strategy. Instead of demanding large amounts from just a few victims, attackers could have been going for smaller payments from more companies. Even if only a quarter of those extorted paid up, at two-grand each, the crooks’ take would still be a cool two-hundred-mil. That’s a lot of Bitcoin in anybody’s book.

Keeping Locky Outside

Regardless of their MO, Locky and thousands of its ugly cousins are clearly getting smarter and more destructive since we began reporting on the ransomware plague, which means that businesses should also be getting smarter in response.

Security experts, such as TeamLogicIT Managed Services providers, recommend that any organization that relies heavily on data–especially those in the healthcare, financial, legal, education and professional-service sectors–be more vigilant and proactive in two key areas: regular complete, system backups, and ongoing email-security training. These two precautions, (plus these others), can significantly reduce your risk of infection, and keep Locky and its cohorts outside your networks, where they belong.

Does your team need a hand updating company security policies, practices or cybercrime training curriculum?  Come to the free event and learn. Contact Team Logic IT today

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Facebook Adds Ability To Advertise Events In News Feed

Posted By Arizona Small Business Association, Monday, September 1, 2014

Event ads were previously stuck in the right rail. Company also officially introduces Insights for events.

 

More than 400 million people interact with Facebook events every month, the social network says. And today, the company announced that it’s giving Page owners another avenue to reach those people.

Facebook has enabled ads for events to be placed in mobile and desktop News Feeds. Previously, event ads only were available for display in the less prominent right rail on the desktop platform. Here’s a Facebook mockup of how the ads, available globally through the Ad Create tool and the Power Editor, will look:

facebook-event-ads

Facebook also officially announced that it will display Insights for events, which we reported earlier this month. Insights are displayed in the right-hand column of the events page and show:

  • The number of people who’ve seen a link to the event on Facebook

  • The number of people who’ve viewed the event

  • The number of joins, saves and maybes the event has received

Facebook also announced that it has redesigned the event page for users:

Each person’s events page has a new look and feel to better highlight their upcoming events and showcase new events, including suggested events based on information such as the Pages they like, their location and the day of the week.


Tags:  events  facebook  marketing 

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