PacketWatch Cybersecurity Expertise used in Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Story

PacketWatch Cybersecurity Expertise used in Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Story

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PacketWatch Cybersecurity Expertise used in Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Story

Investigative journalist Rich McHugh included PacketWatch’s cybersecurity expertise in his latest NewsNation Now story on the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack.

In the video, Michael McAndrews, PacketWatch CTO, discusses:

  • The impact of malware and ransomware on organizations
  • How we never encourage paying a ransom
  • How planning will help you get ahead of the game
  • The importance of an Incident Response Plan

The Colonial Pipeline cyberattack has disrupted the gas and diesel supply throughout the southeast, creating a frenzy at the pumps and potentially raising the prices of goods and services reliant on fuel for transportation.

You can view the entire 3-minute story “Top US pipeline operator shuts major fuel line after cyber attack“ with contributions from Stephanie Kelly and Christopher Bing on the NewsNation website.

“Ransomware and malware, in general, is a huge problem for companies right now. It puts jobs at risk. It puts livelihoods at risk. It costs companies millions of dollars.”

Michael McAndrews Chief Technology Officer PacketWatch

PacketWatch Discusses Unemployment Payment Fraud and Password Scams on Pix11 News

PacketWatch Discusses Unemployment Payment Fraud and Password Scams on Pix11 News

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PacketWatch Discusses Unemployment Payment Fraud and Password Scams on Pix11 News

Emmy-Award-winning reporter Mary Murphy spoke with Michael McAndrews, PacketWatch CTO, about identity theft, passwords, and stolen unemployment payments during a story on Pix11 News (NYC).

Michael explained how the volume of unemployment claims during the pandemic has created an environment for cybercriminals to take advantage of the states and the payment recipients. Using a password manager and unique, strong passwords are the best ways to protect yourself from this type of attack. Cybercriminals are constantly trolling the Internet looking for exposed passwords. There has been a tremendous increase in unemployment check fraud, it’s just a matter of time before the criminals find password that allows them to steal an identity.

You can view the entire story “Brooklyn mom victim of unemployment identity hacker“ as told by Mary on the Pix11 News website.

“Since so many state agencies have been overwhelmed by unemployment claims, they haven’t been able to audit them. So, many times, the claims are simply being paid, and therefore, the money is being sent to the criminals.”

Michael McAndrews
Chief Technology Officer
PacketWatch

PacketWatch Featured in an Investigative Story on Ransomware Now Streaming on NewsNation

PacketWatch Featured in an Investigative Story on Ransomware Now Streaming on NewsNation

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PacketWatch Featured in an Investigative Story on Ransomware Now Streaming on NewsNation

Emmy-Award-winning investigative journalist Rich McHugh sat down with PacketWatch CTO Michael McAndrews to better understand how and why cyber criminals target their victims.

They discussed the impact of malware and ransomware on companies and how to prepare for a cyberattack. Michael demonstrated how PacketWatch cybersecurity analysts use our proprietary tools to identify anomalous network activities and respond to a cyber incident.

Rich also spoke with a PacketWatch client about her experience with ransomware attacks and how organizations can protect themselves.

You can view the entire 6-minute story “Cyberattack Forces Arizona City Offline for Weeks, Experts Warn of Growing Trend“ hosted by Rob Nelson and Marni Hughes on the NewsNation website.

“Sometimes, the criminals don’t even know who they’ve attacked. They’re simply casting a wide net and opportunity knocked when somebody clicked on a link or went to a bad website and got swept up in ransomware.”

Michael McAndrews Chief Technology Officer PacketWatch

Southwest CyberSec Forum | January 2020

Southwest CyberSec Forum | January 2020

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Southwest CyberSec Forum | January 2020

We are excited to kick-off the new year with a presentation from Michael McAndrews to the members of the Southwest CyberSec Forum on Monday, January 6, 2020.  Michael’s presentation “The Need for Advanced Incident Response Tools and Capabilities” will use actual scenarios from a WGM/Crowdstrike international incident response engagement.

He will discuss incident response and how full network packet capture and endpoint detection and response technologies can be leveraged together as a powerful combination to improve the investigative and remediation process.

The event is sponsored by Crowdstrike who will present on the current e-crime landscape and procedures used by APT actors. Their presentation will cover the tactics, techniques, and procedures used by Wizard Spider and their TrickBot, Ryuk, and AnchorDNS malware families.

Southwest CyberSec Forum
University of Advancing Technology Theater
2625 W Baseline Rd, Tempe, AZ 85283
Meeting: 6:00pm–9:00pm

Pizza and drinks will be provided from 6:00-6:30pm
Free Admission – No RSVP Necessary
Open to the public and UAT students

Expected Attendance:
70-100 people from private and public sector organizations

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Michael McAndrews Presents Dark Web Keynote

Michael McAndrews Presents Dark Web Keynote

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Michael McAndrews Presents Dark Web Keynote

Another brilliant presentation on the Dark Web by Michael McAndrews of WGM Associates LLC at the Arizona Technology Council Cybersecurity Summit. Great crowd! Michael said, “These attendees had some of the best questions I’ve been asked in years.”

Have you ever wondered what really happens on the Dark Web? Michael’s presentation removed the mystery and demonstrated how to safely access some of the most hidden places on the Internet. He also introduced the audience to some of the tools, technologies, and methods that criminals use to anonymously process illegal transactions in Darknet Markets.

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