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US Treasury Warns Against Paying Ransomware Gangs

By Vigilize - Last updated: Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Ransomware payments sent to countries under sanctions could result in fines… An article review. Whether or not to pay the organization behind a ransomware attack has been a hotly debated subject for many years, but a new advisory issued by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) warns those who do pay up […]


Intelligence Agencies Release Joint Cybersecurity Advisory

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, September 7, 2020

Intelligence agencies from five nations contributed to the new advisory… An article review. For the first time, the cybersecurity divisions of the nations in the “Five Eyes” alliance (The United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) have released a joint advisory concerning incident response. The report, available here, does not provide a complete […]


Cyber Attacks Rise Due To COVID-19

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, August 24, 2020

Nearly half of all companies expect a security issue due to telecommuting… An article review. A few months ago we discussed a warning from the Department of Homeland Security regarding hackers taking advantage of the business disruptions caused by COVID-19, and according to an article shared with us by our friend Wes Pollard it appears […]


New Ransomware Hides in a Virtual Machine

By Vigilize - Last updated: Friday, June 5, 2020

Hiding in a VirtualBox VM, the new Ragnar Locker ransomware is currently undetectable… An article review. Ransomware and other malicious programs often utilize techniques to evade detection by security software, but a newly discovered piece of ransomware has raised the bar by hiding inside a virtual machine. The new ransomware–called Ragnar Locker–was detailed in a […]


FFIEC Extends Filing Deadlines Amid COVID-19 Crisis

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, March 30, 2020

The Council’s members met last week to discuss their response to the growing crisis… An article review. As the COVID-19 crisis deepens, many industries have been facing delays and disruptions.  The FFIEC acknowledged those disruptions in a press release last Wednesday, where they announced a 30-day extension to their quarterly Call Report deadline. The Council, […]


Experts Warn of Attacks on Telecommuters

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, March 23, 2020

As more offices rely on working remotely, hackers are working to take advantage… An article review. As concerns over the coronavirus continue to mount, more Americans than ever are working remotely from their homes…and hackers are looking to take advantage of the situation.  That’s according to the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security […]


Malicious Browser Extensions Impact Millions of Users

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, March 16, 2020

500 malicious extensions with millions of users were recently removed from Chrome… An article review. If you’ve been using the internet for a long time, you may remember when it seemed like every organization and service offered a toolbar for users.  While some of those toolbars were helpful, many people got tricked into installing malicious […]


FFIEC Releases Updated Pandemic Guidance

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, March 9, 2020

As reports of Coronavirus spread, the agency has updated its 2007 guidance… An article review. As what began as a few isolated incidents late last year have bloomed into a what some are calling a pandemic, fears of Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) have spread into nearly all sectors…and banking is no exception. In light […]


The Threat From Within

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, March 2, 2020

One of the biggest data security threats you face comes from inside… An article review. We spend a lot of time thinking about the threats to our network posed by hackers: from ransomware and phishing scams to data breaches, we often view the culprit as being some unknown person or organization… someone possibly not even […]


California Implements New Consumer Privacy Law

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, February 10, 2020

The California Consumer Privacy Act is here, but its impact remains unclear… An article review. On January 1st a new consumer privacy law went into effect in California, and while some are calling it “California’s GDPR,” the impact of the new legislation remains unclear. The new law, detailed in an article submitted to us by […]