New Global Ransomware Attack

New Global Ransomware Attack
If you haven’t heard yet, there’s yet another global ransomware attack spreading around the globe. As of right now (1:40 pm CST) there doesn’t seem to be a consensus on what type of ransomware it is. Some are claiming it’s a modified version of the Petya ransomware strain, yet others are saying it’s a new ...

Episode 32: Doesn’t It Make You Wanna Cry?

Episode 32: Doesn't It Make You Wanna Cry?
Yet another ransomware outbreak. Were you prepared for Wanna Cry? Will you be prepared next time? In this episode we do a post mortem of the Wanna Cry ransomware outbreak and give you strategies to protect you from this, and similar outbreaks. Notes from this week’s podcast Disable SMBv1 Using Group Policy UPDATE (6/20/2017): We ...

Ransomware Tools To The Rescue!

Ransomware Tools To The Rescue!
We’ve blogged and podcasted about Ransomware many, many, times here at Shoestring Networks. As far as I’m concerned, ransomware is the story of 2016. Just two weeks ago, the San Francisco transit system was brought down by ransomware demanding payment of over $73,0001. A month ago (November 2016) the UK’s National Health System was attacked, forcing ...

Rogue Thumb Drives—An Imminent Malware Threat

Rogue Thumb Drives—An Imminent Malware Threat
Don’t Plug It In! Human nature, being what it is, suggests that a newly “discovered” thumb drive will get plugged in, whether it is known to be safe or not. Curiosity usually wins in situations like this. When this happens, however, it creates a perfect environment for malware exploitation.  Cases in point: Harmful USB Drives ...

Removing Malware—A Step By Step Guide For Microsoft Windows

Removing Malware—A Step By Step Guide For Microsoft Windows
Word Of Warning No matter how hard you work at securing your small office/SOHO network and computers—someone, somehow, somewhere will unknowingly allow malicious malware into the system. The chances of recovery are better if you have planned for this scenario and are prepared to respond quickly. This post serves at least two purposes, first helping ...

28: Cloud Backup Services

28: Cloud Backup Services
If you aren’t backing up your data to an off-site location, YOU SHOULD BE! Cloud backup services are a great option for off-site backups. This week we tell you what to look for in a cloud service, and give you a couple of our favorite recommendations. Download Download episode transcript (PDF) Links Lessons Learned From ...

Lessons Learned From a Ransomware Attack

Lessons Learned From a Ransomware Attack
First I got a call. I was in “the zone” so I let it go to voice mail. Seconds later I got an email notification across my screen from the same customer. I knew someone was in a panic. Her voice-mail told me that something was screwy on the file server. They couldn’t open any ...

A Surprising Ransomware Statistic

Update (August 18, 2016). We just assisted a company with a ransomware attack. Check out our “Lessons Learned“. Security Magazine recently reported that 40% of businesses had experienced a ransomware attack in the last 12 months. Even worse is the fact that a third of those businesses lost revenue, and 20% experienced a complete business ...

How to disable Microsoft Office Macros

How to disable Microsoft Office Macros
When macros became available for Office, most of us were excited because it added automation and power to the suite of products. But it soon became apparent that the misuse of macros and the associated power would be problematic. In fact today this is one of the favorite methods hackers use to compromise systems with their malware ...

Tech Tip Podcast Episode 17: Return of Ransomware!

Tech Tip Podcast Episode 17: Return of Ransomware!
Ransomware is back in the news, so it’s back on the podcast. This week, however, we’ll show you how to keep from getting infected through good ‘ole Microsoft Office. Download episode transcript Subscribe on iTunes Listen on Stitcher David Scott Network ninja, dad, husband, rugby player. I help you secure your digital stuff. http://www.shoestringnetworks.com/david-scott/