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Macro Systems has been serving the Metro Washington, DC area since 1997, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

How a Cybercriminal Can Steal Your Text Messages

How a Cybercriminal Can Steal Your Text Messages

We always picture hackers as these foreboding, black-clad criminals, smirking through the shadows in their dark room by their computer monitor. Hard, uncaring individuals who don’t go outside very often, staring at code as if they were able to decipher the Matrix.

It’s time we give up this persona and stop mystifying cybercriminals. Why?

It only takes a few dollars and some spare time to truly hold an individual’s data hostage.

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HAFNIUM Attacks on Microsoft Exchange Servers

HAFNIUM Attacks on Microsoft Exchange Servers

The recent discovery of four defects in Microsoft’s Exchange Server software came too late to prevent a rash of stolen emails, but that doesn’t mean you need to remain vulnerable to this attack. Below is the story so far, and how you can help protect your business.

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2021 Data Breaches

2021 Data Breaches

Everyone knows that modern businesses can be defined on how they approach cybersecurity. Alas, even if your business makes a comprehensive effort to protect your network and data from data breaches, all it takes is one seemingly minor vulnerability to be exploited to make things really hard on your business. Listed below is a look at the major data breaches that have happened since the calendar turned to 2021. 

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During the Pandemic, Cyber Security is More Important Than Ever

During the Pandemic, Cyber Security is More Important Than Ever

Since the start of the COVID 19 pandemic, it has been clear that many businesses were not prepared to continue their operations remotely. This was largely due to their leadership being convinced in recent years that permitting people to work remotely would lead to a significant reduction in production, leading them to be unprepared to shift to remote functionality. Cybercriminals have taken advantage of many companies as a result. Below we discuss what needs to be accomplished to secure endpoints from afar.

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What You Need to Know About The New Phishing Tactic "Display Name Spoofing"

What You Need to Know About The New Phishing Tactic "Display Name Spoofing"

Having success in business usually relies on building trustworthy relationships. You have to trust your vendors and suppliers to get you the resources you require, you need to trust your staff to complete their tasks without putting your business in harm's way, and you need to trust your customers to purchase the products and services that you offer. Running counter to these necessary bonds of trust are people actively soliciting people’s time, energy, money, and attention for their own selfish purposes.

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How to Identify a Phishing Attack

How to Identify a Phishing Attack

If you’ve been reading this blog, you’ve seen Macro Systems discuss phishing attacks. Whether you are being asked by some supposed Nigerian prince to hand over money or you are getting an email by what seems to be your bank that directs you to download an attachment, you are probably a potential victim of a phishing scam. The difference between being a potential victim and a victim is knowing how to identify it. Listed below are five ways to identify a phishing message so that you or your business won’t be scammed.

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What the Data Says About AI-Enhanced Crimes

What the Data Says About AI-Enhanced Crimes

When we think of modern cybercrime, most people’s minds go to one of two places: some think about the annoying, misspelled emails that are clearly scams, while on the other can’t help but think about the hacks that we see in movies, where a cybercriminal manages to overcome the best the government can incorporate into their defenses.

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What You Need to Know about Credential Stuffing

What You Need to Know about Credential Stuffing

A lot of people have more time on their hands thanks to the pandemic, so it makes sense that many are turning to streaming services and the like for their entertainment. Alas, this has not gone unnoticed by cybercriminals.

Listed below is an examination of credential stuffing.

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Phishing Attacks Now Come Via Voicemail

Phishing Attacks Now Come Via Voicemail

Consider how easy it is to trick a person. Entire industries are built around it. Think about the flashy magazines at the checkout counter promising us perfect summer bodies if we just follow a celebrity's simple 10-step workout routine. People buy these magazines; they wouldn’t continue to exist otherwise. Phishing works for hackers, and it works very well; they are constantly making it harder to not get tricked.

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What You Need to Know About Recent Cybersecurity Incident Trends

What You Need to Know About Recent Cybersecurity Incident Trends

Beginning in 2008, Verizon has created a report outlining the cybersecurity incident trends that the previous year demonstrated. In doing so, they have provided a resource that offers businesses greater insights into where their cybersecurity efforts need to be focused. Listed below are some of 2019’s trends and insights that were highlighted in the Verizon Business 2020 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR).

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The Largest Cybersecurity Concerns For 2020

The Largest Cybersecurity Concerns For 2020

Cybersecurity should always be a matter of great importance for a business, especially since cyber criminals are always evolving their tactics. As a result, it pays to keep an eye on the horizon for the next looming threats. Let's take a look at some few threats that cybersecurity professionals say that businesses should be concerned about in the near future.

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A List of the Worst Data Breaches Since September

A List of the Worst Data Breaches Since September

Cybersecurity is becoming a colossal problem for every business due to the massive amount of data breaches that take place regularly. Organizations of all kinds are looking at strategies to secure their sensitive customer and employee data from hackers, malware, and any other potential danger. The issue is it’s not always as simple as just implementing cybersecurity software.

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Different Types and Motivations of Hackers

Different Types and Motivations of Hackers

Most people's perception of hackers comes via what they see in modern pop culture … but does this perception match up to a hacker in real life? Alas, pop culture doesn’t always differentiate between different hacker types and their motivations very well.

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The Threat of URL Manipulation

The Threat of URL Manipulation

Chances are that you know what a URL is, but if you don't: it is the address of a website. It usually starts with “http//:” or “https://” and directs the Internet browser on where the user would like to surf. What you need to always be aware of is that these days a threat can be created by manipulating the URL. 

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The Future of Cybersecurity

The Future of Cybersecurity

How worried are you with your organization's cybersecurity? When you envision your business in the future, do you see yourself constantly fighting cyberattacks, or paying ransom? Hopefully not, but what if cybersecurity turns into one of the hardest parts to maintaining a steady business? Below is a look into the future and hypothesize what your organization may need to do to defend against cybercriminals. 

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Cybercrime is Becoming More 'Accessible' Everyday

Cybercrime is Becoming More 'Accessible' Everyday

There’s a reason that cybercrime is so common these days: it is no longer reserved for those with substantial programming knowledge to profit from. Now, according to a report by Deloitte entitled Black Market Ecosystem: Estimating the Cost of “Pwnership”, there is a complete economy built around easily accessible hacking tools that don’t require specialized knowledge to be utilized. 

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Smartphone Security Tips

Smartphone Security Tips

Mobile devices are with us nearly everywhere these days, leading us to use them more and more in all aspects of lie, including for business purposes. As a result, cybercriminals have even more motivation to target them. Below is a list of practices to help you circumvent a mobile device being the downfall of your organization's security.

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Small Businesses Aren't Too Small For Hackers

Small Businesses Aren't Too Small For Hackers

Small businesses usually fall into the trap of assuming that they are too small to be targeted by hackers. This misconception could ultimately cost your business too much. The fact is that all businesses have data that is worth something to hackers, and Macro Systems is here to prove it to you and provide a solution to this dilemma.

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What You Need to Know about Mobile Malware

What You Need to Know about Mobile Malware

There was an era when we didn’t have to worry about catching computer viruses on our cell phones. However, with the exponential growth of mobile technologies, including application development options, mobile malware is now a problem, and it can become a significant problem for your business. Below we'll take a look at the increasing mobile malware market, including the risks and what you can do to keep it from being a problem for you.

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What You Need to Know About Spear Phishing

What You Need to Know About Spear Phishing

You may have heard of phishing: the method cybercriminals use to scam their targets by impersonating someone that their targets would trust, requesting access credentials or other sensitive information. Did you know that there are specific types of phishing? Let's review spear phishing, one of the biggest risks to your business.

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