Author Archives: Eric Escanuelas

The Rise of Ransomware

Late on a Friday evening in the beginning of February, staff at the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles, California began to report issues accessing portions of the hospital’s network. As the administration would soon learn, their system had been infected with a piece of malicious software that had encrypted critical files and databases. The malicious software provided the hospital with an ultimatum—pay up, or never have access to these files again.

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Pay Your Respects: What End of Support for Windows XP Means for You

In April, Microsoft ended technical support for Windows XP. This change in Microsoft’s policy means that computers running Windows XP will no longer receive the regular security updates which patch holes that criminals exploit to gain access to your computer.

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