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Anatomy of a Ransomware Attack CryptoLocker - Part 1: CryptoWall How to Stay Safe
By: AjayRandhawa
March 16, 2017

ABSTRACT Ransomware is malware that prevents you from using your files or your computer, and then extorts money from you in exchange for a promise to unlock them. This type of malware is responsible for tens of millions of dollars in extortion annually. Worse still, developing new variants is trivial, ...

How to Showcase your Skills in an Online Portfolio
By: Olivia
March 15, 2017

In the blog, I’ve talked a lot about resume tips and emphasizing skills to help you get hired. I realize in doing so that some skills are more visual and creative than others, with everyone from coders to technical writers needing an ideal place to showcase their work.Resumes are necessary of course, and just the first part of the ...

Let's go Phishing!
By: bigmatt
March 15, 2017

Everyday millions of spam emails are getting by spam and firewall filters, and into the mailboxes of many unsuspecting users.  From claims of a wealthy Nigerian Prince, to sweepstakes winners, "magic pills" and many others litter the inbox, and all it takes is one end user to click on the email and either follow the instructions in said email, or ...

Scripting Vulnerability Crisis: Crawling Out of the Rabbit Hole
By: ericcacordier
March 15, 2017

 What you do not know will not hurt you – right? Wrong! Scripting vulnerabilities will creep up on you and it can cause a temporary project shutdown, an entire rewrite of a project or worse project cancellation. Long gone are the days of development just to see if it works. Waiting for a security team to catch your ...

Top 10 Network Security Threats and Their Security Measures
By: nirmalrijal
March 14, 2017

Nowadays cyber-threats are becoming a daily headache for IT security staff, it supports to have some guidance, or at least identify what to look out for. As a small company doing business on the web, you need to be aware of these methods so you can be extra vigilant when online. All the threat has been ...

A Man of Many Certs: How One Cybrarian Views Micro Certifications
By: Olivia
March 13, 2017

We’ve been asked by many members how other Cybrarians are using micro certifications to learn new skills and further their careers. It’s a fair question certainly, with this concept being so new.Certifications are imperative to a cyber security career, as they have become the standard to prove one’s knowledge on a set of skills.  But micro certifications seem ...

Merry X-Mas Ransomware Campaign Is Underway
By: David Balaban
March 13, 2017

At first sight, the ransom Trojan called Merry X-Mas, or MRCR, is quite a run-of-the-mill sample. It mutilates one’s personal files using a strong encryption algorithm and then demands a ransom to restore the hostage data. Upon closer scrutiny, though, this strain turns out to be a much more serious threat than it appears. It is accompanied by identity-stealing ...

OpenVAS
By: Tamas Szucs
March 12, 2017

The system The OpenVAS is Linux-based vulnerability management system with web GUI. Install the system Default settings of operation system The OpenVAS can be installed in any Linux systems, e.g. Ubuntu. 1. Upgrade operating system: apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade 2. Set hostname with file: ...

Technology in Travel
By: Rachel Laura M
March 11, 2017

Gone are the days when frequent travelers for business and/or pleasure were in for a tedious, drawn out process of phone calls and prolonged research to book plane tickets, hotel rooms, and rental cars. Today’s travelers no longer need to make an appointment with a travel agency or rely on a tour operator to see the world. Rather, our ...

UNM4SK3D: CIA, Headphones, and Consumer Reports
By: Olivia
March 10, 2017

#wikileaks True or false? That's the question being asked by millions of Americans after Wikileaks released a series of 8,761 documents titled 'Vault 7,' which detail the CIA's cyber spying techniques and capabilities. Big news. Some people are questioning the validity, others are questioning their personal privacy.  The documents, which ...