Articles By Howard Solomon

Ontario construction firm victim of ransomware attack

A multi-million dollar Ontario construction firm that has worked on major federal and provincial projects including facilities for national defence and police stations has been hit by a ransomware attack. According to CBC

Published on: January 27th, 2020 Howard Solomon

Phishing training needs both broad and targeted approach, says report

Employees are one of the weakest points infosec pros have to deal with in preventing cyber attacks, particularly when it comes to resisting phishing. Yet after years of attempts to raise security awareness

Published on: January 23rd, 2020 Howard Solomon

New report says Windows’ EFS encryption could be leveraged by ransomware

Infosec teams are being warned about a vulnerability in Windows' file encryption capability which may mean temporarily abandoning the EFS encryption functionality Windows has long offered the EFS file and folder capability in

Published on: January 21st, 2020 Howard Solomon

Oracle issues patches for 333 vulnerabilities

Oracle's quarterly Critical Patch Updates to be released today include fixes for 333 security vulnerabilities. The company said in a pre-release announcement that some of the vulnerabilities affect multiple products. "Due to the

Published on: January 14th, 2020 Howard Solomon

Vulnerabilities found in Citrix and Pulse Secure products

Enterprise infosec teams are being warned to take action on serious vulnerabilities in products from Citrix and VPN manufacturer Pulse Secure. First, about Citrix: According to The Hacker News, on Saturday multiple groups

Published on: January 13th, 2020 Howard Solomon

Time running out for support on these Microsoft products

The start of the new year is a time when system administrators need to think about applications reaching end of life. Admins should know by now that support for Windows 7 ends Jan.

Published on: January 6th, 2020 Howard Solomon

Researchers say VPN bug affects Linux, Unix systems

Apple, Google and Linux distribution makers are investigating a serious threat to their operating systems after security researchers said last week a vulnerability could allow an attacker to intercept traffic in a virtual

Published on: December 9th, 2019 Howard Solomon

Phishing campaign continues to mimic Canada’s biggest banks online

Criminals have been trying to steal login credentials of consumers and businesses of Canada's biggest banks in a sustained and sophisticated phishing campaign for at least three years, says a security vendor. In

Published on: December 4th, 2019 Howard Solomon

Ontario brewery lost $2.1 million in email bank scam

Another Canadian company has fallen for an email invoice scam. Waterloo Brewing, an Ontario maker of beers, said it recently fell victim to a "social engineering cyberattack by a sophisticated third party" that

Published on: November 22nd, 2019 Howard Solomon

Industry anti-messaging abuse group meets this week in Montreal

Tired of getting phony calls from Visa about an alleged abuse of your credit card? Angered about the way your firm's logo is being used in phishing attacks? There's a big meeting this

Published on: October 15th, 2019 Howard Solomon

Database with phone numbers of millions of Facebook users found on Internet

A server with databases holding the phone numbers and identity numbers of perhaps as many as 200 million Facebook users in the U.S., the U.K. and other countries has been found open on

Published on: September 5th, 2019 Howard Solomon

Some Android phones susceptible to settings attack, says security vendor

Security experts have warned for some time that SMS messages are used by attackers to carry links to malware. A report issued today by Check Point Software warns many Android phones have a

Published on: September 4th, 2019 Howard Solomon

Federal government launches cybersecurity certification program for SMBs

The federal government on Monday launched the long-awaited cybersecurity certification for small and mid-sized businesses in hopes of increasing the attention SMBs pay to cybersecurity as well as increasing the confidence of online

Published on: August 13th, 2019 Howard Solomon

Sidewalk Labs got more info than others before Toronto waterfront RFP issued: Ontario auditor

Waterfront Toronto has been criticized by some for the way it has handled privacy and intellectual property issues with Sidewalk Labs at its planned landmark smart city community. Now it faces another critic:

Published on: December 6th, 2018 Howard Solomon

Facebook, Twitter try to limit U.S. regulation at hearing

Senior executives of Facebook and Twitter faced a Congressional committee Wednesday morning trying to limit the amount of regulation the U.S. government might impose on social media companies in the wake of increasing

Published on: September 6th, 2018 Howard Solomon