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The Monthly Content Digest - November Edition

Ransomware Prevention Tips (

Ransomware is a particularly nasty form of cybercrime that globally has cost #business owners millions. The city of Atlanta recently had a ransomware attack that they've already spent more than $2.6 million to recover from.

Best Case/Worst Case - Technology Edition (

With #Halloween just around the corner, the ghouls and ghosts of the world are about to emerge once more. While running around with your friends and family to trick-or-treat can be a scream, there is something far scarier than we want to draw your attention to.

Class Is In Session! (

Don't worry, you're not having a flashback to your college days (although, that might a good thing at times), this is a different kind of #education we're talking about today.

31 Percent of Data Breaches Result in an Employee Losing Their Job (

The aftermath of a #data #breach is rough for any company or government agency. Aside from the public relations crisis that inevitably follows there is one other key aspect that always needs to be addressed.

Who is to blame?

Let Our Virtual Technical Advisors Decode Your IT Growth (

As a business owner, you are the captain that is steering the direction of your #company. It makes sense that as your business grows so too should your IT infrastructure. However, many business owners don't have a working knowledge about why technology matters or a trusted technology advisor who can guide them on this subject.

Equifax Data Breach: One Year on (

It was one year ago that #Equifax made the announcement that a data breach had compromised 148 million U.S consumers. As one of the three biggest credit bureaus in the country, this data breach had far-reaching impacts on millions of citizens.

Security Rules of Thumb (

Our CEO Jason Silverglate has been called many things including #cloud guru, cybersecurity expert, entrepreneur, and a public speaker. And further, all the aforementioned titles are accurate.

If you haven't already, make sure you follow Jason over on Linkedin. His articles are full of helpful insights for SMBs looking to do their entire technology plan, better. Simply put, if there's a way that technology can help your business run more smoothly, Jason and the team at Continuous can help you find it.

Avoiding Technology Landmines (

You don't need us to tell you that #landmines are dangerous, and today we're going over some technology landmines that could present some real risk for your business.

Improvements in technology have improved the way we are able to do business today. There's no doubt that tech advancements have allowed small and medium-sized businesses to compete like never before.
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Phishing Scams on The Rise This Holiday Shopping Season (

The 2019 #holiday #shopping season has already kicked off with the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. These two days give retailers a chance to offer amazing discounts and sales promotions to shoppers.

They, unfortunately, also seem to also bring cybercriminals out from the woodwork too.

According to the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (U.S-CERT), phishing scams are one of the key methods that criminals are targetting people during this holiday shopping season. The department has issued a warning about the spike in the number of emails containing malicious links, attachments or requests for donations to fake charities.

New research conducted corroborates the US-CERT warning. Here is an excerpt of the findings of the research from an article published in Bleeping Computer:

Between mid-October and mid-November, the company observed 723,942 targeted phishing campaigns and almost half a million generic spam attacks. In total, the company recorded almost 1.3 million events of this type.

The research reveals that with some targeted attacks the purpose is to compromise Amazon accounts and steal payment card data.

Click the link above to read the full article and make sure you stay vigilant to suspect emails these holidays.

If you'd like an extra hand this holiday season and beyond, don't hesitate to get in touch with Continuous Networks: (

#cybersecurity #hacker
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Cybersecurity - WHEN not IF (

If you're operating a small #business, the cybersecurity issue can't be ignored any longer. Statistically, being the victim of a cyberattack becomes a conversation of when and not if.

If you saw a real-time breakdown of how many cyberattack attempts are made against SMB's every month, it might be a sobering reminder that bolstering cybersecurity around your office is a good idea.

Thankfully, being proactive about protecting your digital assets can help thwart a significant percentage of attacks. Approximately 51% of data breaches are attributed to the negligence of uninformed staff. Better yet, reaching out for the services of a trusted IT support vendor can help fill the gaps where your staff might be lacking in knowledge.

We discuss this in our November Newsletter, which you can read through the link above for free on the website.

While your employees are learning the ins and outs of basic cyber security, invest in multilayered protections for your network. This must go beyond a simple, free antivirus, and should include platforms to keep all your patches up-to-date,
security measures seamlessly integrated with company e-mail and, preferably, the watchful eye of a managed services provider.

#cybersecurity #SMB #tips
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TalkTalk Hackers Receive Prison Sentences Over 2015 Data Breach (

In 2015 the U.K #telecommunications company TalkTalk suffered a monumental data breach. As a result, hackers were able to access 156,959 user accounts.

Now, two hackers have been jailed for their roles in the breach.

Facing court 23-year-old Matthew Hanley and 21-year-old Connor Allsopp admitted that they participated in the data breach that cost TalkTalk almost $100 million.

On the 18th October 2015, Hanley began his five-day assault against the TalkTalk website. During this time he supplied Allsopp with the financial and personal details of 8,000 customers. Hanley also provided stolen data to a third man.

According to an article on the BBC, even though he is only in his early 20's Hanley was referred to as a "dedicated hacker." Here is a short clip from the article with more information about the two hackers roles in the data breach:

Allsopp admitted supplying customer details to another user for fraud as well as the necessary files for hacking.

Judge Dhir said the pair were "both involved in a significant, sophisticated systematic hack attack in a computer system used by TalkTalk".

Judge Dhir has sentenced Hanley to serve 12 months in prison with Allsopp ordered to serve eight months.

To read the full article click the link above.

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#technews #hackers #cybersecurity
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Which Companies Have Suffered a Data Breach? Firefox Can Tell You (

With so many #data #breaches occurring each week it can be hard to keep track. Due to this, it can be challenging to know which of these security breaches could affect you.

Especially as some companies keep the details of these leaks secret, or wait long periods of time to release that information.

Well, Firefox (web browser) is now giving you an easy way to find out if cybercriminals have run off with your personal information.

The latest update to Mozilla Firefox's search engine will display a pop-up warning on websites that have suffered from a previous data breach. This way you will be able to know if your data might have been stolen by hackers.

Here is more information from an article on Bleeping Computer about how the new feature will work:

Now, all Firefox users will be shown alerts when they visit a site that has previously been breached. These alerts will provide a brief summary of the data breach and a button that will bring you to the Firefox Monitor service so that you can check if your email was affected.

It is believed that Firefox is rolling out the update to users over the coming weeks. Click the link above to read the full article.

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#technews #cybersecurity
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Google Search Engine Targeted by Hackers: Traffic Diverted to China and Russia (

Without a doubt, #Google is the world's most popular search engine. Although there are many other engines to use to surf the web, most people automatically perform a "Google search" when seeking information.

However, a curious event shows that hackers may have targeted Google. On Monday the 12th of November, traffic was diverted from Google's search engine to other network operators in China, Nigeria, and Russia.

There are still scant details about the incident but it is believed that incorrect routing instructions were the cause. The tech giant has released a statement saying that they do not believe that any of Google's services were compromised.

So, why would cybercriminals target Google's search engine in this way?

According to an article on the Wall Street Journal, while outages like the one that occurred on Monday can be due to human error this isn't always the case:

Network engineers have warned for years that online platforms are vulnerable to network-based attacks that send data widely off course. Such attacks are possible because large network-service providers exchange traffic through a system that is largely based on mutual trust through protocols nearly as old as the internet itself.

Click the link above to read the full article.

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#technews #searchengine #cybersecurity
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Cathay Pacific Data Breach Affects 9.4 Million Passengers (

The Hong Kong-based airline, Cathay Pacific, has become the latest victim of a data breach. The airline has revealed that cybercriminals were able to access the personal details of 9.4 million passengers.

Cathay Pacific first noticed the breach in March this year and immediately launched an investigation. In May it was confirmed that hackers were able to steal sensitive data. The affected passengers have flown with either internationally with Cathay Pacific or the local Hong Kong Cathay Dragon Airlines.

The airline has revealed that sensitive data such as identity documents and credit card information was accessed by hackers. Here is a clip from an article on Reuters, that shares more information about the passenger information stolen in the data breach:

Cathay in a statement said accessed data includes names of passengers, their nationalities, dates of birth, telephone numbers, email and physical addresses, passport numbers, identity card numbers and historical travel information.

In total cyber criminals were able to steal 860,000 passport numbers, 245,000 Hong Kong identity card numbers, and 403 expired credit card numbers.

Cathay Pacific is the second airline to announce a data breach after British Airways admitted that criminals were able to steal hundreds of thousands of passengers credit card details.

Click the link above to read the full article.

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#technews #cybersecurity #databreach
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Happy Thanksgiving from Continuous!

If you're able to take a short break from mashed potatoes and gravy, we wanted to wish all our friends a happy Thanksgiving!

We hope you're able to enjoy the holiday with friends and family.

#holiday #Thanksgiving
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Tech Support Scams Still Fooling Many (

Falling for a #scam feels bad. It doesn't matter if it's related to tech support, or even those rigged games at state fairs. Although, admittedly, the carnival games pose less of a threat to a business than a tech support scam.

However, just like those folks who think they can make the basketball in the under-sized hoop, tens of thousands of people fall for tech support scams every year.

The Continuous team has known this for a while and every day we field questions from clients about unsolicited support offers which have nefarious intentions.

Get in touch with our team for an IT security audit here: (

A clip from an article published on ZD Net has more information about Microsoft's findings:

While more people across all age groups are distrustful of unsolicited contact from tech companies, nearly a third of Millennials and Gen Z youth believe unsolicited contact is normal.

Microsoft also found links between the types of activities young people do online and those who lost money. These activities included sharing email in exchange for content, downloading entertainment, and using torrent sites.

You can follow the link above to read the full report on ZD Net.

#cybersecurity #technews
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Critical Questions To Ask an IT Vendor (

If you're considering bringing an #outsourced IT vendor to help increase your productivity - congrats!

You've made a smart decision. Especially for small business owners who don't always have the budget to bring on full-time IT staff. Managing projects like implementing a cloud network for your remote employees or simply day-to-day IT support is easier than ever, especially with an experienced team like Continuous.

Still, if you don't ask the right questions - you might not get the help you need. And it could cost you!

Speaking of costs, we recently addressed four critical questions you should ask anyone in the consideration for being an IT vendor for your business.

On the issue of cost, question three was especially important:


This question is particularly important if you're looking at a managed services provider (which you should be). The last thing you need is for a crisis to strike, only to discover you need to shell out a bunch of surcharges to get your network back up and running. Make sure the costs and services included are crystal clear before you sign anything.

For the other three important questions, follow the link above!

#technews #ITsupport #NewJersey
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