Cyber Security Expert, Paulius Petretis Reveals Information That Indicates Cyberattacks Are Getting Nastier.

Paulius Petretis, leading cyber security expert and CEO of VORAS Consulting writes about growing political discord as the motivating factor in an increase of cyberattacks and more destructive cyber weapons and the need for increased cybersecurity..

 Vilnius, Lithuania – April 18, 2018 – Paulius Petretis, CEO of VORAS Consulting posted a new article on the company website entitled “Corporations And Governments Prepare For “Nastier Cyberattacks.” Mr. Petretis sees the looming GDPR deadline as a positive element in an ever growing atmosphere of danger in the digital world.

Petretis writes, “Some of the names given to the weapons of cyberwarfare are pretty nasty and are clearly an indication of the damage they can inflict.” He continues adding, “We’ve seen the effects of ‘Olympic Destroyer’ on the 2018 Winter Olympics network and the effects of ‘Bad Rabbit’ across Europe. The less graphically named ‘NotPetya’ and ‘OilRig’ attacks were pretty disruptive too.”

According to Petretis, “All indications are pointing to increasing attacks and the birth of more destructive cyber weapons as we watch political discord brewing.” He elaborates, “There appears to be tension between the U.S. and Russia, Iran, North Korea and China. According to an article posted at darkreading.com, “Experts say the Trump administration’s recent sanctions and deportation of Russian diplomats residing in the US will likely precipitate more aggressive responses in the form of Russian hacking operations. And some of those could be crafted to appear as the handiwork of other nation-state actors.” https://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/destructive-and-false-flag-cyberattacks-to-escalate/d/d-id/1331390

“Around the globe,” says Petretis, “security experts are gearing up for what is expected to be even more aggressive and damaging attacks in the near-term, “including crafted false flag operations”.”

The entire article can be read at http://pauliuspetretis.freeua.agency/corporations-and-governments-prepare-for-nastier-cyberattacks-2/

Paulius Petretis

Paulius Petretis is an Information security expert, Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM®), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA®), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT(CGEIT®) and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC®), Guest speaker at various conferences and seminars, Trainer at information security related training courses.

According to the annual survey initiated by the Info Security Europe, a whopping 93% of large organizations and 76% of small businesses had at least a single information security breach in 2011. Only 18% of the organizations affected by the infringements related to data protection laws had a consistent and effective contingency plan in place. According to Paulius, information is not something static – it evolves and mutates every day. It is the ecosystem of every business and if a single cell fails, it can bring down the entire business.

Therefore ensuring a consistent and up-to-date information protection policy must be the priority for all businesses – no matter how big or small they are. As it might be unrealistic to believe that any young or experienced entrepreneur can be the jack of all trades, the really smart decision is to rely on specialists who dedicate their professional lives to getting to know everything there is to know about protecting important business information.

With more than 16 years of experience in helping people, small businesses, and government organizations to protect their business secrets, Paulius believes that information security must help businesses achieve goals but not vice versa.

 

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One Of The Most Common Typos Can Take You Into Criminal Territory

We’ve all done it without realizing it. We type a web address into our browser address line and hit ‘return’ only to be confused when something we weren’t expecting appears on the screen. Sometimes it takes a minute or two to discover the mistake which is often missing the ‘o’ in the .com part of the address.

This seemingly innocent mistake, whether made on your home or office computer can be very costly. In fact, according to Krebsonsecurity.com, simply omitting the ‘o’ in com, your computer, “will be bombarded with malware alerts and other misleading messages — potentially even causing your computer to lock up completely. As it happens, many of these domains appear tied to a marketing company whose CEO is a convicted felon and once self-proclaimed ‘Spam King’.”

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/03/omitting-the-o-in-com-could-be-costly/

It has been fairly common knowledge for many years that misspelled domain names are as one blogger states, “a method for targeted attacks to redirect legitimate traffic to sites that attempt to infect them. These domains are also heavily used by advertisers, and groups who seek to funnel unsuspecting web users aka leads to an advertisement.” https://blog.infostruction.com/2018/03/21/wrong-spelling-brand-name-hijack/

Spelling isn’t always easy, especially when working with a language that is not your native tongue. This is why spammers and other criminals take advantage of the situation in the virtual cyber world where anything goes.

If you navigate to sites that store your personal and financial information you want to be especially careful. In fact, it’s a good idea to bookmark those sites and avoid directly navigating to them.

Krebsonsecurity.Com has a smart recommendation. ”If your security or antivirus software allows you to block all Web sites in a given top-level domain, it might not be a bad idea to block anything coming out of dot-cm (the country code top-level domain for Cameroon): A report published in December 2009 by McAfee found that .cm was the riskiest domain in the world, with 36.7% of the sites posing a security risk to PCs.” https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/03/omitting-the-o-in-com-could-be-costly/

 

It may not sound like a huge cybersecurity issue, but the cybercriminals begin in the most unsuspecting places.  Take every precaution at home and at the office.

Cyber Security Expert, Paulius Petretis Reveals How A Common Typo Can Lead To Disruption And Infection

Paulius Petretis, leading cyber security expert and CEO of VORAS Consulting urges caution when entering web addresses and suggests bookmarking websites visited often instead of navigating directly to them.

 Vilnius, Lithuania – April 08, 2018 – Paulius Petretis, CEO of VORAS Consulting posted a new blog on the company website entitled “One Of The Most Common Typos Can Take You Into Criminal Territory. Mr. Petretis discusses something that seems innocent but that can be the opening through which cybercriminals first gain access.

Petretis points out that, “We’ve all done it without realizing it. We type a web address into our browser address line and hit ‘return’ only to be confused when something we weren’t expecting appears on the screen.” He continues adding, “Sometimes it takes a minute or two to discover the mistake which is often missing the ‘o’ in the .com part of the address.”

According to Petretis, “This seemingly innocent mistake, whether made on your home or office computer can be very costly. In fact, according to Krebsonsecurity.com, simply omitting the ‘o’ in com, your computer, “will be bombarded with malware alerts and other misleading messages — potentially even causing your computer to lock up completely. As it happens, many of these domains appear tied to a marketing company whose CEO is a convicted felon and once self-proclaimed ‘Spam King’.”

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/03/omitting-the-o-in-com-could-be-costly/

“Spelling isn’t always easy,” says Petretis, “especially when working with a language that is not your native tongue. This is why spammers and other criminals take advantage of the situation in the virtual cyber world where anything goes.” He continues adding, “If you navigate to sites that store your personal and financial information you want to be especially careful. In fact, it’s a good idea to bookmark those sites and avoid directly navigating to them.”

The entire blog can be read at http://pauliuspetretis.freeua.agency/one-of-the-most-common-typos-can-take-you-into-criminal-territory-2/

Paulius Petretis

Paulius Petretis is an Information security expert, Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM®), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA®), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT(CGEIT®) and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC®), Guest speaker at various conferences and seminars, Trainer at information security related training courses.

According to the annual survey initiated by the Info Security Europe, a whopping 93% of large organizations and 76% of small businesses had at least a single information security breach in 2011. Only 18% of the organizations affected by the infringements related to data protection laws had a consistent and effective contingency plan in place. According to Paulius, information is not something static – it evolves and mutates every day. It is the ecosystem of every business and if a single cell fails, it can bring down the entire business.

Therefore ensuring a consistent and up-to-date information protection policy must be the priority for all businesses – no matter how big or small they are. As it might be unrealistic to believe that any young or experienced entrepreneur can be the jack of all trades, the really smart decision is to rely on specialists who dedicate their professional lives to getting to know everything there is to know about protecting important business information.

With more than 16 years of experience in helping people, small businesses, and government organizations to protect their business secrets, Paulius believes that information security must help businesses achieve goals but not vice versa.

 

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