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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.

The Most Common Cybersecurity Threats

The Most Common Cybersecurity Threats

As a business professional, it’s your responsibility to protect your organization's digital assets from cybercrime, but the path forward is not always so easy or clear-cut. Without a thorough knowledge and expertise of IT security at your disposal, it can be challenging to protect your infrastructure as adequately as it needs to be. Listed below are some of the common problems that involve cybersecurity, as well as how you can address them.

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The Latest Malware Can Spend Your Cash

The Latest Malware Can Spend Your Cash

“I didn’t buy that!”

That’s what many smartphone users have been saying lately as a prevalent strain of malware has been infecting Android devices. The malware is called “toll fraud malware” and it’s been signing users up to services they didn't buy.

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A Refresher on Malware

A Refresher on Malware

Network security could mean a number of things, but usually people are using the term as a blanket statement against the dreaded idea of malware and its numerous forms. Listed below is a discussion on how vast the world of malware can be and how often you might find yourself misunderstanding what it exactly is. Comprehending all this can help you identify if you have become a malware victim or not.

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A Refresher on Ransomware

A Refresher on Ransomware

Ransomware is regarded as one of the worst modern cyberthreats out there, and there's ample evidence to support this. These attacks and their aftereffects can devastate businesses of all industries. Listed below is an explanation about why ransomware is so dangerous, and what can be done to fight it. 

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MosaicLoader: a New Malware that Steals Credentials

MosaicLoader: a New Malware that Steals Credentials

Many threats instantly make themselves known on your device the second they install themselves, like ransomware and other kinds of malware. Others, like the newly discovered threat called MosaicLoader, discreetly install themselves in the background of your device and cause issues behind the scenes. 

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TangleBot: A New Malware That Targets Androids

TangleBot: A New Malware That Targets Androids

You often hear about malware that infects desktop PCs, laptops, or servers, but other kinds of malware that infect mobile devices also exist. One such malware, a threat called TangleBot, has been discovered, and it can become seriously problematic for both workers and consumers utilizing Android devices, especially in the modern mobile-centric workplace.

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A New Type of Malware: FoggyWeb

A New Type of Malware: FoggyWeb

The cyberattack on SolarWinds was devastating for many reasons, and Microsoft has officially uncovered yet another kind of malware used in the attack on the software provider: a backdoor threat they have named FoggyWeb. What does this threat do and why is it so imperative to look at this incident even now?

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Ransomware has Become More Dangerous and Less Discriminating

Ransomware has Become More Dangerous and Less Discriminating

While it only makes sense to assume that a hacker would focus specifically on those targets that would bring them the greatest profit (in other words, larger businesses), the reality of modern cybercrime renders this assumption grossly outdated. Let’s examine how different developments in ransomware have made it possible for hackers to be far less discerning in who they target.

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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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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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