Veracity Consulting’s Vice President of Technology, Amy Krohn delivers the following recap of the cybersecurity happenings for the end of November through early December 2017 time period.

New .NET-Based Ransomware Uses Open Source Code

Two newly discovered .NET-based ransomware families are using open source repositories to encrypt files.two ransomware families have been seen in live attacks carried out via spam emails containing malicious URLs. Both of the new malware families are compiled in Microsoft Intermediate Language (MSIL) and have been packed with the ‘Confuser’ packer.   The malware creates a run key that ensures it is executed each time the user logs into the computer. If removable drives are detected, the threat drops a copy of itself on them, with the name “fatura-vencida.pdf.scr.”   The ransomware changes the victim’s desktop background using image files downloaded from “i[.]imgur.com/NpKQ3KZ.jpg.“Be on the lookout for this one!

Breach at PayPal Subsidiary Affects 1.6 Million Customers

PayPal informed customers on Friday that personal information for 1.6 million individuals may have been obtained by hackers who breached the systems of its subsidiary TIO Networks, one of its subsidiaries.The company is based in Canada and it serves some of the largest telecom and utility network operators in North America.

Chrome to Block Apps from Injecting into Its Processes

Google’s Chrome web browser will soon prevent third-party software from injecting code into its processes.The browser will also guide users into how to update or remove the third-party software responsible for the crash.

We’re Heading into the Holidays!

The increase in transactions during the holiday shopping season naturally comes with an increase in fraud.  Be diligent out there on where you are purchasing and from who.  Don’t fall for the scams.

About Veracity Consulting

Veracity Consulting is a Kansas City-based technology firm with a reputation of implementing and managing IT solutions and business strategies. Our mission is to change the complex world of technology into a more efficient and profitable solution for businesses and communities. We use a collaborative approach with our clients to create and implement viable and relevant solutions. We offer a comprehensive range of commercial and government solutions in the areas of Program Management, Data Management and Analytics, Strategy and Architecture, Managed Infrastructure, and Security.

About Amy Krohn

Amy Krohn has served as a leader in the technology industry for over 20 years.  Her areas of expertise include leading organizations and companies in executive leadership, strategic planning, enterprise architecture, as a mentor, leadership development, organizational change management, delivery management, vendor management, service management, and process improvements.  Amy currently serves as Veracity Consulting’s Vice President of Technology.