Q1 2021 Ransomware Payment Statistics from Coveware

Q1 2021 Ransomware Payment Statistics from Coveware

Coveware published their Quarterly Ransomware Report on April 26, 2021. Most notable: Q1 saw a reversal of average and median ransom amounts. The averages in Q1 were pulled up by a raft of data exfiltration attacks by one specific threat actor group that opportunistically leveraged a unique vulnerability. Here are some quick ransomware payment statistics …

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Q4 2020 Ransomware Payment Statistics from Coveware

Q4 2020 Ransomware Payment Statistics from Coveware

Coveware published their Quarterly Ransomware Report on February 1, 2021. Most notable: Fewer companies are giving in to cyber extortion when they are able to recover from back ups which has resulted in a large decline in average ransom amounts paid in Q4 2020. Here are some quick ransomware payment statistics from Coveware’s Q4 2020 …

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Threat Detection with Sysmon

Threat Detection with Sysmon

By Bryan Macario, Network Security Engineer at Tec-Refresh, Inc. In today’s article, I will discuss an open-source tool that complements Windows Event Logs, called Sysmon. This tool is part of the Windows Sysinternals Suite and was developed by Mark Russinovich. The whole idea of Sysmon Is that it further increases the logging capabilities that Windows …

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An Introduction and Overview of Fiber Optics

An Introduction and Overview of Fiber Optics

By Ameen Chowdhary, Network Security Engineer at Tec-Refresh, Inc. Due to its prevalence, most IT technicians are comfortable working with ethernet cables.  IT technicians who are studying for the Network + or CCNA or have some basic experience in the field would be capable of cutting and crimping their ethernet cables. However, few have experience …

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Universal Health Services (UHS) Ryuk Ransomware Attack

Universal Health Services (UHS) Ryuk Ransomware Attack

By Bryan Macario, Network Security Engineer at Tec-Refresh, Inc. Since RYUK’s inception back in August of 2018, its operators have earned an estimated $150 million worth of Bitcoin worldwide. That is a lot of money in a short period! I’ve had the opportunity to work with RYUK ransomware a few times, and my mom’s nursing facility …

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