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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.

Zero-Day Vulnerability Results in Significant Issues for IT Providers

Zero-Day Vulnerability Results in Significant Issues for IT Providers

A new ransomware attack has surfaced, this time mostly targeting IT companies and their clients. The attack is specifically targeting the Kaseya platform. Kaseya is management software that many IT companies utilize to remotely manage and support technology. The attack in question targeted Kaseya’s supply chain via a vulnerability in its VSA software; this attack is notable because of how it targeted the supply chain, not only striking at the vendor’s clients—notably IT companies—but also their customers. Essentially, this attack had a trickle-down effect that is causing widespread chaos for a massive number of businesses.

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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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Are Your Organization's Security Priorities in the Right Place?

Are Your Organization's Security Priorities in the Right Place?

According to a survey conducted by Splunk and Enterprise Strategy Group, more business leaders plan to funnel funding into their cybersecurity; 88 percent of respondents reported a planned increase into their investments, 35 percent reporting that these boosts will be substantial. Listed below are a few of the insights that this survey has revealed.

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Don't Forget about Ransomware

Don't Forget about Ransomware

Ransomware is the most terrifying type of malware out there: it can have a variety of negative effects on a business, yet it seems to still be on the fringe of the mainstream. Listed below is a refresher course on ransomware. 

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A Beginner's Guide to the Various Types of Ransomware

A Beginner's Guide to the Various Types of Ransomware

The rising popularity of ransomware has been disconcerting to many IT professionals, especially due to the different tactics that this malware variant has been spotted utilizing. In order to protect your business from these attacks, it helps to know how they work. Listed below is a beginner’s guide to ransomware types to help you identify and avoid them.

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Be Ready for an Increase in Ransomware Attacks

Be Ready for an Increase in Ransomware Attacks

There have been less Ransomware attacks in both 2018 and thus far in 2019 when compared to 2017. Alas, recent events have made it more likely that this trend will reverse in the near future. Why is that? Simple: some municipalities have set a precedent of paying up.

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The Two Types of Technological Threats Your Business Faces Everyday

The Two Types of Technological Threats Your Business Faces Everyday

Your organization is susceptible to countless threats and vulnerabilities, all of which aim to harm your business. These hazards include all kinds of technology-related issues that cause downtime and other negative situations that your organization has to overcome. Listed below are some of the threats you face every day, as well as an appropriate response to each.

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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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WARNING: Your Asus Laptop Could Be Infected With Malware

WARNING: Your Asus Laptop Could Be Infected With Malware

If you have an Asus laptop, there is a possibility that a recent update could have installed malware. We are strongly recommending anyone who owns an Asus device reach out to us to have it looked at.

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Threats to Your Network

Threats to Your Network

Modern security solutions have made good strides to protect businesses, but there are still a lot of threats out there that can cause problems for your business. If you don’t take a proactive stance on security, you could leave your network vulnerable to incoming threats of all types. Macro Systems will help your business comprehend what threats are out there, why they are dangerous, and what you can do to keep your business secure.

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Some Real Concerns About the Bing Search Engine

Some Real Concerns About the Bing Search Engine

With a limited market share that is one-third the size of Google’s, you would think that Bing would be trying to keep controversy away from a user’s search results. Nonetheless, the Microsoft search engine has recently experienced a few notable PR disasters that may be enough to persuade some not to use it.

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Ransomware: How it's Evolved, What it's Future Looks Like, and How to Protect Your Business Against it

Ransomware: How it's Evolved, What it's Future Looks Like, and How to Protect Your Business Against it

Ransomware has been a serious threat to all kinds of organizations for a couple of years, and 2018 is no different. For those who are somehow unaware, ransomware is a form of malicious software that threatens the elimination of hijacked and encrypted data if a user doesn’t pay a ransom. It is known to be one of the most prolific and pervasive threats seen on the Internet today. Below we'll examine how ransomware has evolved over the past several years, what the future of ransomware looks like, and what you can do to protect yourself against it.

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You and Your Employees Must Recognize the Numerous Types of Phishing Scams

You and Your Employees Must Recognize the Numerous Types of Phishing Scams

Phishing scams have one of the most descriptive names in all of computing, mostly because of how similar phishing is with fishing. When someone goes fishing or phishing, bait is dangled in the hopes of getting a bite, and different types of bait can be used, depending on the catch one is trying to make.

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A List of this Year’s Most Catastrophic Hacks

A List of this Year’s Most Catastrophic Hacks

Every business owner must contemplate how to approach network security. This is especially true with the continuously-growing list of threats that face their organization’s network from simply being connected to the Internet. It may sound like an overstatement, but when considering what some huge corporations have dealt with very recently, it becomes evident that figuring out how to approach cybersecurity is one of the most vital considerations any business owner has to make.

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What You Need To Know About the Malware VPNFilter

What You Need To Know About the Malware VPNFilter

Some cyber threats out there are dangerous enough to cause major entities to warn against them. Specifically, a recent malware called VPNFilter has been deemed hazardous and prevalent enough that the FBI has addressed it. Since the malware targets routers, it has significant potential to become a considerable problem for your business.

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Some Advice on Malware Concerning Your Router

Some Advice on Malware Concerning Your Router

Cybercriminals and hackers, like most people, have a tendency to gravitate towards high-reward activities. In this instance, that means that focus is turning to developing malware that attacks the router, potentially infecting the users that leverage it to connect wirelessly to the Internet. Researchers at Kaspersky Lab discovered an example of such a malware; let's examine this threat and how to best protect your network.

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Three Warnings Signs of a Malicious Email Attack

Three Warnings Signs of a Malicious Email Attack

Email is usually promoted as a favorite medium for iniating cyberattacks against organizations and individuals. Why? Because it’s easy to hide the true intent behind an email attack within its contents, whether they are embedded images in the message itself, or links to external sources. How can you be absolutely certain that the links in your email inbox are legitimate and secure?

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A Connection Between WannaCry and North Korea Revealed

A Connection Between WannaCry and North Korea Revealed

In a statement issued by Tom Bossert, the Homeland Security Adviser to the White House, responsibility for the WannaCry attacks from May 12th to the 15th in 2017 was attributed to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. This claim fits with the conclusions that New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and Japan have come to, according to Bossert.

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Ransomware: The Smaller The Business, The Larger The Problem

Ransomware: The Smaller The Business, The Larger The Problem

The variety of malware known as ransomware erupted in popularity in 2016, encrypting victims’ files and demanding cryptocurrency payments to restore the data to the estimated tune of $1 billion. This may imply that large corporations are the primary targets of these cyber criminals; for some cyber criminals, they are.

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Latest Ransomware Attack is Brutal Reminder of Cyber Security Importance

Latest Ransomware Attack is Brutal Reminder of Cyber Security Importance

A new malware swept across the globe Tuesday, incorporating facets of many ransomwares that have made headlines recently. While it originally appeared to be a variant of the Petya ransomware, it has been determined that it shares more in common with WannaCry. However, “NotPetya,” as it has been named, has a few additional features that experts say make it worse than either of its predecessors.

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