“Netflix, popular target for Hackers”

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Netflix is known to be one of the most popular sources for online entertainment for people of all ages. Netflix has also become a popular target for hackers, according to a new research from Symantec, a company that provides protection, security, storage, and systems management for customers around the world. Symantec discovered several Netflix-related attacks, one involving malicious fake Netflix apps. Symantec explained that the malicious apps discovered, lead victims to the Netflix website, but in the background they also install Infostealer.Banload Trojan, which opens a back door on the compromised computer and steals information. In this case, the users banking information. At this time, it’s unclear how widespread the attack is. For the full article, click here

“CA Hospital targeted by Hackers”

Every year, hackers make tens of millions of dollars by holding computers for ransom. In February 2016, the latest victim, was a California hospital. The hospital Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, had to pay $17,000 to have its server reactivated. The attack against the hospital, locked its files, prevented electronic communications and gave the hospital directions to pay a ransom in return for the encryption key. Allen Stefanek, President and CEO of Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, said, “The quickest and most efficient way to restore our systems and administrative functions was to pay the ransom and obtain the decryption key”, which they did pay the ransom. The hospital has restored its EMR systems and all systems being used were thoroughly tested and cleared of any malware. For the full story, click here

“Worker falls for email phishing scam”

On Feb. 28, 2016, the Snapchat team released an apology to its employees explaining that recently, one of its employees fell for a phishing scam and revealed some of its employees payroll information. Although company servers were not breeched, a number of employees have now had their identity compromised. The Snapchat team explained that the attack occurred last Friday, the payroll department was targeted by a scammer who impersonated Snapchat Chief Executive Officer who in the email phishing scam requested employee payroll information. Because the phishing email scam was not properly recognized as a scam, the requested payroll information was disclosed. The attack has been reported to the FBI. For the full story, click here

“American Dental Association Inadvertently Mailed Malware-laced USB Drives”

The American Dental Association announced that a percentage of flash drives included with the 2016 CDT manual were found to have malware. The 2016 CDT manual included a credit card-sized USB storage device in the back pocket that contains an electronic copy of the book. The discovery was made in early March of 2016, and the American Dental Association already took steps to notify customers, re-sellers, and distributors of the problem discovered. The distribution of the 2016 CDT manual began in late 2015, and although an anti-virus should detect the malware if present, the American Dental Association is still advising dentists who have not used their 2016 CDT flash drive to throw it away. Instead, customers were given a link to an electronic version of the 2016 CDT manual to use as an alternative.  For the full article, click here