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Russia Arrests Kaspersky Exec and FSB Spook

Russian authorities have arrested Sergei Mikhailov, deputy chief at the FSB's Information Security Center (CDC), and Kaspersky exec Ruslan Stoyanov on charges of treason.

Mikhailov has been accused of receiving money from "foreign organizations," Russian daily newspaper Kommersant reports, citing unnamed FSB sources.

Mikhailov was reportedly arrested in December. His department is responsible for monitoring the Russian internet as well as investigating data leaks, although some security experts say it may also be used for offensive operations.

Russian authorities also arrested Ruslan Stoyanov (see picture), who heads the computer incidents investigations team at Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, and who has reportedly also served as a liaison between the company and Russian security services.

New York DFS Cybersecurity Regulation FAQ And Security Awareness Training

In New York, a new cybersecurity regulatory regime will go into effect March 1st 2017. The proposed cybersecurity regulation, known as 23 NYCRR 500, has grabbed the attention of companies doing business in New York, and others who might be anticipating cybersecurity requirements in their own jurisdictions and/or industries.

Ransomware attacks quadrupled in 2016, expected to double again in 2017

The number of ransomware attacks quadrupled in 2016 and are expected to double again in 2017, according to findings in a report from large insurer Beazley. They suggested that organisations appear to be particularly vulnerable to attacks during IT system freezes, at the end of financial quarters and during busy shopping periods.

Ransomware Infection Causes Loss of 8 Years Of Police Department Evidence

The Police Department in Cockrell Hill, Texas released in a press release that they lost 8 years worth of evidence after the department's server was infected with ransomware.

Live Webinar: Ransomware Hostage Rescue Guide

Live Webinar: Ransomware Hostage Rescue Guide 

2016 was a “Ransomware Horror Show”. If you've been in the IT trenches over the past year, you've probably noticed that announcements of new ransomware strains are accelerating and there is no end in sight for 2017. In this webinar, we will cover the first 3 sections of the very popular KnowBe4 Ransomware Hostage Rescue Manual in depth.

Join Erich Kron CISSP, Technical Evangelist at KnowBe4 for a live webinar “Ransomware Hostage Rescue Guide”,  Thursday, January 26, 2017, at 2:00 PM EST . We will look at scary features of new ransomware strains, give actionable info that you need to prevent infections, and what to do when you are hit with ransomware.

Erich will cover these topics:

[ALERT] USB Sticks Could Infect Your Network With New Spora Ransomware Worm

The new Spora ransomware strain has now been dissected by more malware researchers and the team from G Data discovered that Spora uses an "innovative" way to spread itself via USB sticks. This strain is highly sophisticated and could become the "New Locky".  

Bad News: Your Antivirus Detection Rates Have Dramatically Declined In 12 Months

We all had the nagging suspicion that antivirus is not cutting it anymore, but the following numbers confirm your intuition. I have not seen more powerful ammo for IT security budget to transform your employees into an effective "last line of defense": a human firewall.

Scam Of The Week: IRS Issues Warning On New Tax Phishing Attack

It's unbelievable, but the new tax season is around the corner and the bad guys are already at it. This is a two-phase phishing scam of the week you need to watch out for: 

PHASE 1: Cybercriminals are sending emails, posing as potential clients, and interested in services from tax professionals. Something with the innocent subject "I need a preparer to file my taxes."

The tax preparer responds, and the bad guys send a second email with a malicious attachment claiming to contain the client tax information. The tax preparer falls for this social engineering attack and opens the attachment (likely enables macros) and that compromises the machine and now the bad guys own the tax preparer's computer.

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