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“No Boom!”

Recently I spoke on a panel hosted by Valley Forge Military College’s Center for the Advancement of Security Studies (CASS) with three other distinguished gentlemen to discuss our country’s outlook on cyber warfare, terrorism and our country’s defenses. One comment made by yours truly got a bit more attention than I thought it would because to me and my colleagues, it’s an obvious statement, but to clients, media and others that we speak with on regular basis, it’s not as obvious. [...]

Your Email is the Treasure Hackers Want to Plunder

Personal Data Protection Education is the Best Defense Series 2 of 6 Email is the preferred method of hackers to steal data and extort money. Layer 8 Security wants our community to be safe with their personal information by playing it smart. Please pass this information along to co-workers, family and neighbors. These recommendations will benefit not only yourself but also your workplace. Email C-level executives are often targets of spear phishing attacks. One such scheme attempts to steal money [...]

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Dialing for Personal Data Dollars

Understanding PII and Why Criminals Want It Series 1 of 6 Layer 8 Security wants our community to be safe with their personal information by playing it smart. Please pass this information along to co-workers, family and neighbors. These recommendations will benefit not only yourself but also your workplace. Cyber criminals want your personal data. It is money to them. Stolen data is bought from and sold to other cyber criminals from the black market. There’s a whole network of [...]

Tactics of the Attacker – New European Spear Phishing Campaign

Tactics of the Attacker - New European Spear Phishing Campaign Cyber criminals are taking ransomware to a new level. The BBC is reporting consumer personal information is being stolen from unsecured databases. See here for details: http://www.zdnet.com/article/new-phishing-attack-knows-your-address-and-brings-ransomware/ That data is then used to create carefully crafted spear phishing email. The emails have names, addresses, etc of the user. The email comes in the form of a collection letter,demanding money for an unspecified service or overdue bill. The email looks legitimate. [...]

Caveat Emptor

Stolen credit card data is no longer the prize. Cyber criminals want Personally Identifiable Information (PII). PII sells for 20 times that of credit card information. One credit card record sells for $1 on the blackmarket. One record of PII sells for $20. The healthcare industry is plagued daily by cyber attacks looking to obtain this information. However, there are regulations and laws in place to secure this information in the healthcare sector. This is not the case in retail. [...]

Main Line Health Victim of Spear Phishing Attack

Main Line Health was reported to be the latest victim of a spear phishing attack that resulted in the exposure of its employees’ personal information. On February 16th, a Main Line Health employee received an email that appeared to be from a sender they recognized. This is what prompted the response that led to the current investigation. Layer 8 Security spoke with NBC 10 Philadelphia yesterday to provide more input around the situation and what people can look for to avoid [...]

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Identity Protection for Those Affected by the OPM Data Breach

Layer 8 Security specializes in improving the cybersecurity posture of companies big and small, but we also strive to protect individuals as well. In keeping with our "sheepdog" mentality, I want to broadcast some important information to individuals affected by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breach. If you were not one of the 21.5 million individuals targeted in the widely publicized OPM data breach announced this past June, there is a high chance that you are related to or [...]