Mobile Malware is the New PC Malware

In 2004, Cabir became the first mobile-based worm, infecting Symbian-based devices including old Samsung and Nokia models. Although it was developed as a proof-of-concept, within a year Cabir helped spawn mobile malware including the first mobile Trojan (Qdial) and mobile application hack (Skulls). Today, explosion of smartphones and tablets has spawned an entirely new hacking industry – one that has the potential to bypass your current cybersecurity strategies if you have not included mobile protection.

GovDefenders Wednesdays: What is Ransomware & Why Is It a Threat?

The Ransomware Threat Neal Stephenson’s most recent novel REAMDE is a 1,000-page technology thriller that I recommend to those of you who enjoy complex novels. Stephenson develops the plot from the consequences of a hacker in Asia who uses ransomware to encrypt a hard drive containing a list of thousands of stolen credit card records. The hacker promises a decryption key to unlock the hard drive upon payment of a ransom fee. What the poor hacker does not realize is that the Russian mafia had previously purchased the stolen credit card data for a large sum of money and now cannot use it. As you may surmise, mayhem ensues across several continents.