Why Business Hackers are So Difficult to Catch

Law enforcement agencies are fighting an uphill battle when it comes to hackers, primarily because these criminals cover their tracks and hide in cyberspace to keep on hacking. While some hackers have made mistakes that have led to arrests and successful prosecutions in many cases, these hackers by their very existence are extremely difficult to catch.

Even a rookie hacker who is just getting his or her feet wet in the crime can hide their identity via "obfuscation" technologies. What's more, according to sources in organizations like the FBI, hackers use tools to disguise their IP address, while other platforms like Tor and encryption engage different layers in making it hard to identify them. Because these tools and platforms are widely available, it becomes a resource-intensive and time-consuming task to find the hackers.

Making matters worse is the fact that obfuscation tools are free and legal - a real head-scratcher to the average law-abiding citizen or law enforceme…

6 Tips on How Lawyers Can Avoid Malpractice Cases

As a lawyer, sometimes client expectations can exceed or simply be completely different than what your service or obligations entail, which can lead to a malpractice case. Or you, yourself can be guilty of accidental negligence, such as a missed deadline, that could put you at risk of malpractice. Whatever the case, there are some steps you can take to help protect yourself as a lawyer as well as your business to help lower the risk of a malpractice claim and keep you on the right track to meeting your client's needs.

1) Understand Which Client You Represent in Cases Involving Multiple Parties

Sometimes a lawsuit can involve various parties disputing over the same matter, such as a limited partnership in which two or more partners are feuding over the LLC, which you represent, or perhaps a marital couple suing over the mistreatment of their offspring.

If you represent both parties in a case, or you are just not clear who your obligation is to involving two or more parties, such as wi…

How to Protect Your Business from the Dark Web

Most Internet surfers think they're getting to the nuts and bolts of the entire online world by simply using Google or Bing, but this couldn't be further from reality. In fact, that's barely peeling back the first layer of the "web onion," so to speak, because beneath the web's "outer crust" exists additional layers of the Internet that are not accessible via search protocols.

It's what's known as the dark web, and we're here to explain how you can protect your business from it.

What is the Dark Web?

Essentially, there are three parts to the World Wide Web: Surface web, deep web and dark web. The surface refers to all data and information available publicly and accessible via URL entry into a browser. The deep web - alternatively referred to as the invisible web - refers to all the content on the Internet that standard search engines don't index, including online banking web portals, email clients or pages that "crawlers" (sof…

How to Keep Your Company Phones Safe from Malware Attacks

It is common knowledge that viruses and malware can attack our computers. For this reason, we diligently use software that will combat and remove these threats. However, many users do not know that malware can attack smartphones as well.

What is Malware on a Phone?

Malware is any form of malicious software that can range from spyware to viruses to Trojans. In 2011, more than 82,000 variations of malware were identified, and they are looking for their next targets. A report also showed that almost 52% of Americans prefer their smartphone over their laptops or computers to surf the web. Meanwhile, nearly 85% of smartphone owners use their phones daily to check the Internet and use apps.

With these numbers, it is not surprising that cybercriminals want to attack the users. Most of the hackers try to take personal information from smartphone owners illegally. Typically, mobile malware is more common in China and Russia than other places. However, that does not mean that those from the United…

How To Protect Your Small Business from Ransomware

Organizations today depend heavily on technology to run their daily operational agendas. From big corporations, government installations to small businesses technology play a crucial role in turnkey areas. Cybercriminals are well aware of the critical nature of the interplay between technology and smooth operations. They intend to exploit this to their advantage.

What is Ransomware?

Ransomware, as the name suggests, is technology that cybercriminals use to hold your information at ransom until you pay them a fee. A typical ransomware attack goes something like this:

An employee in your organization opens up a computer file for whatever reason. Contained within this file is a malicious program that infects your computer and seeks out critical data. Once it identifies the data it deems crucial to you; it deploys an encryption program which permanently ‘locks’ your digital assets in a format that you cannot decode. The cybercriminals then send you a message demanding a certain amount of mo…

How Small Businesses Can Protect Themselves from Malware

Have you ever heard of the term computer virus, spyware or Trojan? These are just different types of malware. Simply put, malware refers to any software or application written and distributed with the sole aim of causing harm to technological devices or data they hold. But how can malware find its way into your computer? What danger do these programs pose to your system? Most importantly, are there protection measures like cyber liability insurance policies by Riebling Insurance that you can embrace in a bid to protect this data and devices? Here is everything you need to know about malware.

How Can Malware Find Its Way Into Your Business Computers?

While there exist several ways through which malicious software can enter your computer, the most common come through clicking on infected displays on your computer while browsing. Often, these range from seemingly harmless advertisements to intrusive display warnings suggesting that your device might be infected with a virus. These warnin…

Protecting Your Company from Database Hacks

Data is the new oil. Technology now plays a critical role in the legal profession and carries an extra layer of sensitivity due to the private nature of cases and lives involved. As such, hackers notoriously target legal professionals to get to their data for malicious ends. Those in the legal industry need to understand how to protect their information from hackers to persevere its integrity.

How Can You Protect Yourself?

Secure Your Servers - There are two ways hackers can access your servers that host your database; physically or remotely. While many legal professionals will focus on the digital security of their servers to protect them from any breach, they forget about physical breaches. Ensure that your server is in a securely locked rack, in a locked room.

Use various protocols to limit access to the room housing the servers so that you can always know who gained access to it and when. Install a CCTV system in the room housing the servers that are also connected to a secured con…