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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.

Ransomware is Still a Massive Threat to Your Business

Ransomware is Still a Massive Threat to Your Business

Ransomware is such a colossal threat that all businesses should be aware of the latest news and findings regarding how it spreads and how it can be prevented. According to a recent report, the latest modes of transporting ransomware have been revealed. What can your business do to keep ransomware off of its network? Let’s find out.

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Strategies to Catch Potential Hacks

Strategies to Catch Potential Hacks

“Hackers are a serious threat to modern businesses” isn’t exactly a novel statement, is it? On the other hand, if a hacker was lurking on your network, would you know the signs to help you catch them? Just in case, we wanted to share a few strategies that can help highlight these warnings so you can more effectively catch any threats present on your network, especially when your workforce is accessing it remotely.

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Unpatched Vulnerability of Western Digital's My Book Results in Lost Files and Accounts

Unpatched Vulnerability of Western Digital's My Book Results in Lost Files and Accounts

Nothing is more irritating than going to log into your device and finding out that you can't access it or that files you thought were there have been wiped. Alas, this is the situation that many users of a specific device have recently gone through. Thanks to an unpatched vulnerability, users of Western Digital’s My Book network-attached storage device are suffering from lost files and lost account access stemming from remote access.

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Agent Tesla: Another Phishing Malware Threat

Agent Tesla: Another Phishing Malware Threat

It doesn’t matter if you are a small locally-owned business or a massive enterprise: network security is equally imperative, as all businesses by default collect valuable information for hackers. It makes sense to protect your valuable assets, and your data is one of them. A recent threat called Agent Tesla is just another example of phishing malware designed to steal data from businesses just like yours, regardless of how big it is.

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Examining Recent Cyberattacks on Major Businesses

Examining Recent Cyberattacks on Major Businesses

The last few months have been filled with severe cyberattacks, particularly those taking advantage of major businesses that might not initially be considered targets for these kinds of attacks. For example, McDonald’s Restaurants was recently breached. We examine the situation below, and how it plays into the recent trends we’ve witnessed. 

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Ransomware Cases Now Handled the Same Way as Terrorism Cases

Ransomware Cases Now Handled the Same Way as Terrorism Cases

Ransomware has advanced from an irritating annoyance to a legitimate global threat, with the U.S. Justice Department officially going on the record and establishing that future ransomware investigations will be handled the same way that terrorism cases are now. Listed below is a review of the reasons behind this policy change and how your company should respond.

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11 Ways to Ensure Your Team is on Their Guard Against Cyberattacks

11 Ways to Ensure Your Team is on Their Guard Against Cyberattacks

Unfortunately, there is no single tool that allows you to avoid any and all cybersecurity issues for your business. On the other hand, there is one way to help make most threats far less likely to be successful: building up your organization's internal security awareness amongst your employees and team members. Listed below are eleven ways that you can help ensure your business is properly protected, simply by encouraging your employees to take a more active role in guarding it.

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Examining the JBS S.A. Ransomware Attack

Examining the JBS S.A. Ransomware Attack

Last weekend a significant cyberattack occurred against the world’s largest meat processor and distributor, JBS S.A., that completely shut down the company’s operations in both North America and Australia… and as a result, has affected the supply chains associated with the organization. What lessons can be learned from all this?

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Ransomware Is Still a Significant Threat to Your Business

Ransomware Is Still a Significant Threat to Your Business

Ransomware has been a significant problem for the past several years. Once known for breaching networks directly, the establishment of uncrackable encryption left hackers looking to change their strategies. Now they use scams to get people to give them access to network resources. If they are successful, it can deliver more than headaches for a business. Below is a look at what makes ransomware so dangerous and how your business can combat the constant attacks that come your way. 

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Steps to take if Your Organization is Hacked

Steps to take if Your Organization is Hacked

Few things are more horrifying for a modern business to consider than the idea that they will be hacked, regardless of that their size or industry. After all, hacking can, will, and does cause significant damage across basically all aspects of your organization. This is precisely why it is so imperative that, should a business be hacked, the proper steps are taken in response.

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Discovery Time for Cyberattacks is Decreasing, Which Isn't Necessarily Good News

Discovery Time for Cyberattacks is Decreasing, Which Isn't Necessarily Good News

Research has shown that cyberattacks are spending decreasing amounts of time on their targeted networks before they are discovered. While this may sound like a positive (a faster discovery of a threat is better than a slower one), alas, this is not the case.

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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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