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GandCrab Ransomware Cyber Criminal Organization Announces Leave from Extortion ‘Business’

Since first emerging in January of 2018, the GandCrab ransomware variants have affected more than 1.5 million users of the Windows Operating System, and the cyber criminal organization claiming they received more than $2 billion in ransomware extortion payments. 

In June of 2019, the organization behind the infamous ransomware GandCrab announced in an online forum that they are ceasing operations and will not be providing any further decryptions and variants. First released on January 28, 2018, GandCrab ransomware is considered […]

Proven Data Ransomware compliance

Our History of Ransomware & Compliance

Proven Data has been and will continue to be a pioneer in the ransomware remediation and recurrence prevention. Ransomware is a type of malware that locks up files and demands payment usually in the form of bitcoin. The files are not unlocked until a key is obtained from the threat actor after making payment.

Ransomware continues to be a major threat affecting organizations and their networks of all sizes, and Proven Data stands by our clients with the intent […]

Mergers & Acquisitions: Necessity of Cyber Diligence

Mergers & Acquisitions: Necessity of Cyber Diligence

In June of 2019, Quest Diagnostics revealed they had experienced a major data breach that exposed medical records of almost 12 million people worldwide. As one of the largest clinical laboratory testing operations in the world (with locations in the United Kingdom, India, Brazil, and Mexico), the medical testing firm announced that a third-party billing contractor, American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA), was the main point of access for an unauthorized user to access sensitive patient data and information. This […]

Cybersecurity Tips for Small Businesses (2019 National Small Business Week)

In conjunction with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Proven Data is celebrating National Small Business Week 2019! Small businesses are the backbone of the US economy, and according to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, 2018 saw a growth of 1.9 million new jobs of this business size. Like every other company entering the digital age, small businesses heavily rely on technology to acquire new customers and store their digital records.   

Small businesses play such an important […]

World Password Day 2019

Today marks World Password Day 2019! Businesses and consumers around the globe are celebrating today by helping share awareness and resources to benefit internet users and improve their password security. Although some reports are calling for the end of passwords in the future, we believe these security tools will be around for a much longer time, and as such, everyone must treat their password security like the keys to their own home.

A major problem plaguing many unsuspecting users is […]

FBI Reports B.E.C. Attacks on the Rise: Cyber crime causes more than $2.7 billion in losses during 2018

A recent report released by the Federal Bureau Investigation in April announced there was a rise in Business Email Compromise & cyber crime over 2018.

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) recently published their annual report detailing the cyber crimes that have been reported during 2018 in the United States. The report details a year in review of the cyber attacks and most common threats businesses and consumers could face in the growing digital economy. Major cyber crimes […]

2019 Proven Data Technology & Innovation Award (Scholarship Announcement)

Each year, Proven Data offers a scholarship opportunity to students who are seeking a professional future in technology, cyber security, and the innovative sectors. Our goal was to provide a thought-provoking essay contest in which students could showcasetheir perspective on a growing concern in the information security sector. This year’s scholarship award received a record number of submissions from students at top-universities across the nation!

The 2019 Proven Data Technology Innovation Award has been granted to Noelle Bloomfield of […]

Common Tax Season Cyber Crimes

The tax season is already such a stressful moment of the year for both businesses and the individuals looking to properly account for their financial assets. It’s that time of year when the accounting departments at businesses get busier than ever! However, this is also the time of year when cyber criminals take to the internet and attempt to take advantage of the confidential information being used to file taxes. Tax season cyber crimes are an evolving threat that […]

Creating a Better Cyber Security Culture at Your Organization

Why is cyber security culture not being taken seriously by more employees at your business? How can business leaders help encourage others to take a proactive approach and improve resilience?

As cyber threats continue to evolve and change, it is important that everyone at your organization is aware of the current climate affecting data privacy and protection. One of the most important lacking elements at many companies is their inability to foster an inclusive and serious cyber security culture […]

Phishing Report: Cyber Extortion On the Rise

There is a new type of phishing email circulating and bypassing email security solutions. The email attempts to obtain payment from victims who believed they have been watched while performing explicit activities.

In the past week, Proven Data received the following email:

The cybercriminal instills the fear that he has been watching the victim’s activity. Specifically, the attacker makes it look like the victim was being recorded while watching explicit videos. This email can make people feel intimidated if they […]