Municipalities

Cyberattacks on Municipalities & How to Defend Against Them

Cyberattacks continue to have a massive economic impact on local and state branches of governments across the U.S. When sectors of government are breached, the credibility of their institutions is jeopardized, leading to a negative cycle of resource allocation. When focusing on municipalities, it’s particularly easy to see how detrimental the impact can be.  A Perfect Target Municipalities are ideal …

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Throwing Light on the Dark Web

As recent reviews have shown, upwards of 80% of hacking-related attacks involve compromised credentials. Threat actors can target individuals and companies through many different types of cyber attacks, but where does their information come from in the first place?  It’s easy to find lists of usernames and passwords, sometimes for free, but more often for sale online. In fact, according …

From Stolen Credentials to Full Network Compromise

From Stolen Credentials to Full Network Compromise

How Hackers Are Actually Using Exposed Passwords to Infiltrate Active Directory Recent reports like the Verizon DBIR have noted that stolen credentials are often the foothold that attackers use to compromise networks and systems. A simple phishing or credential stuffing attack becomes the entry point for a much larger enterprise, like data theft, ransomware, or system hijacking. This is rather …

The CapitalOne Cyber Security Incident

Capital One Financial Corporation just disclosed a cyber security incident that impacts about 100 million people in the U.S. and 6 million in Canada.   The customer data was illegally accessed sometime between March 12 and July 17, according to federal prosecutors. According to CapitalOne’s site, the largest category of information that was accessed was from consumers and small businesses that applied …

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Facebook Password Security Fail

Facebook is facing scrutiny once again today by disclosing that it accidentally stores “hundreds of millions” user passwords in plaintext. To make matters worse, 20,000 Facebook employees had access to view these passwords. Instagram users are also impacted by this massive oversight. There are so many things wrong here. In the day and age, obviously no company or organization should …

Massive Equifax Data Breach Puts Consumers at Risk for Identity Theft and Compromised Accounts

With rapid rate of evolution within technology, why are we still using passwords? The answer lies in the simple, positive attributes of passwords that are not found in other authentication methods: affordable, easy to replace, universally compatibility, privacy safe and no false positive. This closer look highlights the gaps in other methods that will make it hard to get past the password.