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Posts from December, 2013

Important IT Security Message for MPA Networks’ Clients

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

One Malicious Email Could Cost you Thousands of Dollars and Take Down your Entire Network – Don’t be a Victim; Learn the Facts!

Ransomware viruses are on the rise and their explosive growth in the past few months has been startling.  We want to help our clients be up-to-date on this issue and understand exactly what we are doing to help protect you, but more importantly, help you understand what you must do to protect yourself.


Quiz Answers – Can you Find the Malicious Email?

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Ready for the answers to our quiz?

Drumroll please…


Quiz – Can you Find the Malicious Email?

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Can you Spot the Malicious Emails/s?!


After reading through our Cryptolocker and Ransomware blog series and learning how to identify a malicious email, it’s time to put your new virus sleuthing skills to the test.

Read through the list of email subject lines and from names below.  Which email/s  are scams, and which are safe? Please feel free to comment below. We will post the answers in our next blog post.

Note: These are all real emails we have either seen, received, or that have gotten stuck in our firewall – we did not make them up.

Warning: This is more difficult than you think!


How to Identify a Malicious Email

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

phishingContinuing our blog series about Cryptolocker and Ransomware virus attacks, it is necessary we explain the basic fundamentals of identifying a malicious email or attachment. Only through education and proper awareness can we effectively avoid Ransomware and other malware attacks.

Identifying a Malicious Email: The Fundamentals

Below is a list of five basic safeguards you should know and practice before opening email messages and attachments. These rules should become second nature to you.


The Single Most Reliable Method for Preventing a Ransomware Attack

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

RansomwareLast week, we wrote about the rise of Cryptolocker and Ransomware viruses, the new breed of malware virus infecting host computers through malicious email attachments, and spreading rapidly through its use of commercial-grade RSA encryption and Bitcoin, a universal, virtual currency. Unfortunately, it looks as if the problem will continue to get worse before it improves, and the security industry does not yet have viable solutions to stop every one of the malware’s many variants from infiltrating networks. As the crooks hire the world’s top programmers to create hundreds of new variations on a daily basis, fighting back may seem like a truly daunting task.