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Mondays With Miranda: July 9, 2018

July 9th, 2018

Happy Monday, Everyone! Before I jump into the exciting news I have for you this week, I want to mention a few events coming up that are worth noting. These include the Cybersecurity Summits of Seattle, Washington and Newport, RI, which will be around next week. Seattle’s is occuring on July 18th, and Newport’s is occuring from July 18th to the 20th. Be sure to make them if you can, and always keep your eye out for other events, as there are so many great ones that you do not want to miss!

NIST News

Why are your employees still clicking on phishing emails? NIST recently published an article explaining their research which uncovered one reason why people are still clicking. NIST researchers found that employees are more likely to click on links and attachments that are sent in emails that discuss their work responsibilities. It was less likely for those employees to recognize the email as a phishing attack because they are more concerned with responding to their job duties, rather than trying to spot an attack.

The Rise of Cryptojacking

As ransomware is declining, cryptojacking is taking its place. Cryptojacking occurs when hackers use another’s computer or device to mine cryptocurrency. Cryptominers have taken over, as they are continuously invading individual and business-owned computers and using their power to send cryptocurrency to themselves. Besides the act of theft, Cryptojacking also slows down machines, overheats batteries, and even destroys devices to the point where they are unusable. Cryptojacking is much more cost effective for hackers, and also much easier to pursue, due to the fact that it only requires a few lines of code. Because of this issue, implementing security precautions at your business is more important than ever.

New At NeQter

If you haven’t seen yet, NeQter Labs recently released a brand new website. Feel free to look around and if you want to let us know what you think, comment on the social media post you found this article on! We love feedback! On another note, NeQter Labs will soon be releasing a new, greatly requested feature that we are all very excited about. This feature is G-Suite Cloud integration, which gives the tool more functionality and allows companies to integrate their cloud data quickly and easily. There will be more updates on this as the release date gets closer.

Thank you for tuning in to this week’s segment of “Mondays With Miranda!” Keep up to date with current news by following NeQter Labs on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. As always, if anyone has any questions, feel free to email info@neqterlabs.com. Have a great week everyone!

 

 

References

https://www.nist.gov/news-events/news/2018/06/youve-been-phished

https://news.bitcoin.com/cryptojacking-rises-as-ransomware-declines-cyber-security-researchers-find/

https://www.itproportal.com/news/step-aside-ransomware-cryptojacking-is-here/

About the Author: Miranda Simpson

Miranda Simpson is a Technical Writer & Support Representative at NeQter Labs, in Middletown, RI. She is extremely passionate about technology and cybersecurity. She enjoys long walks on the beach while listening to punk rock with her mobile walkman.

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