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Phishing – How to Protect Yourself From Phishing Attacks

Phishing is a cyberattack that uses deception to trick victims into providing information like account credentials or Social Security numbers. Attackers can then use this sensitive data to take over bank accounts, run up credit cards and create fraudulent identities that can be difficult or impossible to unravel. While phishing

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How to Protect Your Organization From Ransomware

Ransomware is malware that encrypts files and displays a message to victims that demands payment to unlock the data. The attackers typically demand a ransom paid in cryptocurrency, like Bitcoin, which is nearly impossible to trace and makes cybercriminals anonymous. Ransomeware attacks typically start when an unsuspecting employee clicks on

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Cybercrime – A Global Phenomenon

Cybercrime is an ever-growing global phenomenon with a massive impact on individuals, businesses and governments. Unlike traditional crimes that require a physical presence, cybercrimes can be committed anywhere in the world with access to computer networks. The internet’s speed, convenience, anonymity and lack of borders make it easy for criminals

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Cyberthreat News – Get the Latest Tech Insights and Expert Thought Leadership in Your Inbox

Cyberthreat News is the leading global news source for Operations, Control Systems and IT/OT Security professionals. It covers the latest hacking and cybersecurity attacks impacting SCADA, DCS PLC and field controller technologies. Get the latest tech insights and expert thought leadership in your inbox. The latest cyberattacks hitting the world’s

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What Is Malware and How Does It Affect Your Computer?

Malware, short for malicious software, is a blanket term for any disruptive program that infiltrates and harms computers. It can do a wide range of things like stealing information, disrupting computing functions, or spying on you and your devices. It is able to carry out these activities because of security

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What Is Cybercrime?

Cybercrime involves using a computer to commit illegal actions, such as theft of property, fraud and other financial crimes; trafficking in child pornography and intellectual property; identity theft; espionage; and violations of privacy. It has grown in importance as computers and the Internet have become central to commerce, entertainment, and

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Cyberthreat News – IT Security Breaking News

Cyberthreat News | IT Security Breaking News Sophisticated cyber actors and nation-states are exploiting vulnerabilities to steal information, disrupt, destroy or threaten critical services. Defending against these threats is the responsibility of everyone — individuals, families, small and large businesses, SLTT and governments. In the freshest episode of our podcast,

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How Malware Infects Your Devices and Networks

Malware is an umbrella term for computer programs designed to infiltrate or disrupt your device’s normal functioning. Attackers can use it to steal sensitive information, remotely control your device or network, spoof your identity, run unwanted ads and more. Trojan horses, viruses, worms, bots, spyware, adware and rootkits all fall

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Protecting Your Organization From Ransomware Attacks

Unlike traditional malware, ransomware is designed to lock access to data, and then demand money to unlock it. Attackers have made tens of millions of dollars from this extortion model. Despite this success, attacks are increasing and the risk to your organization is real. Detecting and containing ransomware incidents is

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What is a Botnet?

A Botnet is a network of hijacked internet-connected devices – such as computers, smartphones, smart TVs, wireless security cameras, or routers — infected with malware. A hacker/cybercriminal (bot herder) remotely controls the devices, often without their legitimate owners’ knowledge, to carry out a variety of illegal actions. The hackers often

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The Benefits of Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is the protection of internet-connected devices and services from malicious attacks. It is a critical field, as hacking is becoming more sophisticated, and we are increasingly dependent on technology for daily life — from work-from-home flexibility to smart home automation technologies, to the proliferation of IoT (Internet of Things)

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What is a Data Breach?

A data breach is the exposure of sensitive information that has been lost, stolen or illegally accessed. This can include personal identifying information (PII) like names, addresses and phone numbers; financial information like credit card numbers and social security numbers; or other confidential business data such as intellectual property, strategic

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Cyberthreat News Roundup

Cyberthreat News Naked Security is Sophos’ award-winning threat newsroom that provides news, opinion, and advice on computer security issues and security threats. The site breaks important original stories, offers expert commentary on high-priority news aggregated from other sources, and engages with readers to make sense of the security landscape and

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What is Digital Security?

Digital security is the set of technologies, best practices and processes that protect your data online from cyber threats. Typically, it also includes measures like passwords and antivirus software. It’s a vital aspect of life in the modern world, where everything from your credit card info and banking transactions to

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What Is Cyber-Security?

Cyber-security is all about securing computer systems, networks and data. It’s a complex field, but it’s easy to visualize its effects: without robust defenses, it would be easy for hackers to wreak havoc on modern-day essentials like the power grid and water treatment facilities. And the theft of personal data

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What Is Malware and How Does It Affect Your Computer?

Malware is a general term that describes any programs or files that are used to steal, damage or infect electronic devices. Whether they are personal computers, smartphones or enterprise systems, malware can infect and compromise any device with computing capabilities. Malicious software attacks are a major problem for organizations of

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What Is Cloud Security?

Cloud Security is the set of tools that protect data stored in a cloud environment. Cloud Security can include everything from identity and access management (IAM) to firewall protections to help ensure that only authorized users have access to sensitive information. It can also include monitoring and detection of threats

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Preventing Ransomware From Infecting Your Network

Ransomware is malware that encrypts data files and then displays a notification asking for payment in order to decrypt the files. The attack usually starts as a phishing campaign or by using compromised credentials to log into enterprise systems. Then, the malicious actors encrypt certain types of files (avoiding those

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How to Prevent Malware From Invading Your Computer

Malware is software that’s designed to invade and damage PCs, mobile devices, tablet computers, and network systems. The motivations behind malware vary from extortion to cyberwarfare and international espionage. Malware can steal data, corrupt files, disrupt or hijack core computer functions, and encrypt or delete sensitive information. It can even

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What Is Hacking?

Hacking involves the technical skills that can exploit cybersecurity defenses. It is often used as a profession — for instance, a pen tester — or as a hobby to gain unauthorized access to computer systems, mobile devices or internet of things devices. Threat actors use hacking to steal login credentials,

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What is a Botnet?

A botnet is a massive network of devices that has been infected with malware and is controlled remotely by an attacker. Attackers use the bots to perform various attacks like Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS), steal data, or simply act as spammers. Bots can be created using any internet-connected device

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The Importance of Firewall Configuration and Capabilities

Firewalls filter incoming and outgoing network traffic based on rules established by the network administrator. They also monitor and log information about network sessions. These activities, when properly configured, help detect attacks and mitigate them quickly, safeguarding critical business services and preventing data loss. As networks evolve, firewall capabilities have

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What Is Cyber-Security?

Cyber-security is the practice of protecting information, hardware and networks from malicious threats. It includes safeguarding against viruses, malware, phishing scams and other types of attacks. This type of protection is often a multi-layered approach that includes firewalls, anti-malware software and encrypting data. It can also include training employees on

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How to Spot Malware

Malware is software that’s designed to do something bad like steal data, damage your computer or install additional malware. In the past, malware infections were mostly harmless, but today, cyber criminals use it for extortion, ransomware, cyberwarfare and international espionage. Malware infections usually happen when you do something that triggers

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How to Protect Yourself From Phishing

Phishing involves an attacker trying to get you to provide personal information like passwords, account numbers and Social Security numbers via email, text or a voice call. This information can be used to steal money or your identity. Often, these messages can look authentic. They might even come from companies

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