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What Is Malware and How Can You Stop It?

Malware, or malicious software, is any piece of software that is developed with malicious intent. There are many strains of malware that do everything from stealing sensitive data to locking files behind ransom walls. There are many ways that a computer can become infected with malware. Many of these, such as phishing, rely on user…
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VPN Devices Need Patching: New Vulnerabilities Have Been Discovered

The Canadian Centre for Cybersecurity recently stressed the importance of keeping VPN devices up-to-date. Because VPN devices act as points of contact between a network and the internet, they are particularly vulnerable to cyberattack. The Centre for Cybersecurity identified four types of VPN that are particularly vulnerable: Fortinet Forigate, Palo Alto GlobalProtect, Pulse Connect Secure,…
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22 Governments in Texas Hit By First Coordinated Ransomware Attack

On August 16th, the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) stated that 22 local Texan governments were simultaneously hit by coordinated ransomware attacks. They also stated that most of the victims were small-sized local governments. While government-targeted ransomware attacks are not new, this is the first incident of this scale and level of coordination. According…
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Cyberattackers Are Targeting IOT Devices: How Do You Defend Yourself?

A new threat group, called “STRONTIUM”, was recently discovered by the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC). In April 2019, this cyberthreat infiltrated private company networks through 3 different IoT devices – a VoIP phone, printer, and video decoder. The Microsoft researchers reported that the devices were compromised as a result of the devices running out-of-date…
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106 Million Affected By Capital One Data Breach

In one of the largest financial data theft incidents in history, Capital One Financial Corporation reported on July 19th 2019 that around 106 million of its clients’ data was leaked due to cyberattack. Of the affected, 100 million are located in the U.S. and 6 million in Canada. Capital One announced that personal client information…
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Watch Out! Supply Chain Attacks are on the Rise

In a recent report, Microsoft has stated that supply chain attacks have become an increasingly pressing concern for cybersecurity professionals. What are Supply Chain Attacks? Computer software is constantly updated by developers. These are released to the public through cycles of patches. A supply Chain Attack is a type of cyberattack that infiltrates a victim’s…
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Protecting yourself against Cryptojacking

A cryptojacking attack has forced St. Francis Xavier University to temporarily shut down its computer network systems. The university reports that the cyberattackers attempted to use the school’s computers resources to collect digital currency. What are cryptomining and cryptojacking? Cryptomining is the use of computer resources to collect cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. The act of…
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Phishing Scams: what are they, and how do you protect yourself?

Phishing scams are a type of cyberattack that is designed to steal sensitive data such as login credentials and credit card information. The term ‘phishing’ originates from the word ‘fishing’, due to the cyberattack strategy using ‘baits’ to lure out victims. Often, phishing scams will be distributed through fraudulent email addresses that direct users to…
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How to Prepare for the Upcoming Data Privacy Act

The Canadian government has set November 1st as the official date that the new Digital Privacy Act will be implemented. On this day, all private Canadian organizations will need to ensure that they have adhered to the rules defined by this new act. The document outlines regulations regarding the protocols of handling data breaches –…
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Ransomware has been Ravaging Canadian Towns: How Can You Protect Yourself?

The Canadian Ransomware Incidents The town of Midland Canada has recently been ravaged by the aftermath of a ransomware attack. Ransomware is a type of malicious cyberattack that locks sensitive data on your computer behind ransom-walls. Attackers then demand payment in the form of physical or digital currency for the safe release of this information.…
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