Free Kaplan IT Training Webinar: The Ins and Outs of Digital Currency

March 14, 2018 at 11:41 am | Posted in cybersecurity, Kaplan IT Training news, Knowledge | Leave a comment
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Digital currency, also known as cryptocurrency, is one of the most controversial monetary innovations to hit the market in this century. As the financial sector changes and new technologies are developed that incorporate cryptocurrency, more questions arise regarding its legalities and security risks. In response, Facebook recently announced it will no longer allow Bitcoin advertisements. Why all the fuss? Is it or isn’t it real currency?

Our webinar will discuss cryptocurrency, specifically the Bitcoin, including an overview of its security risks, its uses, and the major players in the Bitcoin market. The webinar will be hosted on March 21, 2018 by our resident digital currency guru and Microsoft content developer, George Monsalvatge.

To register for this free and informative webinar, please click the link:

Digital Currency Webinar registration link

Webinar time:

March 21, 2018, at 10:00 am CST

2016: Held Ransom

April 11, 2016 at 4:29 pm | Posted in EC-Council, Technical Tips | Leave a comment
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It was predicted late last year that 2016 would the year for ransomware. Thus far, the prediction is proving right; only four months in to 2016, the Locky ransomware has managed to spread itself over 114 countries (displaying its demands in dazzling array of 24 languages). The Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center paid $17,000 in bitcoins after having their computer systems seized in February 2016, while hospitals in Kentucky and Maryland report similar attacks.

In case you’ve been in that doomsday bunker a bit too long, ransomware is malicious software that blocks access to your own data, usually by encryption that targets a local computer. Data stays locked away until you pay a tidy sum of money to the hacker (or, more commonly, to the hacking organization). The malware usually contains a ticking bomb that will format the entire hard drive if you don’t pay by a deadline (or post the data for everyone to see, just as extra motivation). The data kidnappers may call themselves hackers or vigilantes, or even pretend to be a federal agency, but their demand is always the same: pay us for your data — or else!

Worse, with automated viruses like Crytpolocker, Crytowall and TeslaCrypt, hackers don’t have to go through the extra effort of targeting big fish like CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. Any end user could be bilked for hundreds of dollars. And, through the economies of scale, hackers rake in millions per campaign. While current year damages won’t be tallied for a while,  the FBI estimates the CrytoWall variant pulled in over $18 million from 2014 to 2015 alone.

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“Shame if something happened to that hard drive…”

End users are not the only targets; nor are Windows users. Major sites like the New York Times, BBC, AOL and NFL had their advertising networks compromised by malvertising, where a malicious ad hijacked user’s browsers and redirected them to install a crypto-virus via the Angler toolkit (another argument for using adblockers?). And the once near-invincible Mac OS has been revealed as the target of the KeRangers malware – the first ransomware Mac users have ever had to contend with.

In this climate, is it any surprise then that a prominent security certification vendor like EC-Council was a recent target? Read more for the details.

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