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About Wedge Chief Scientist

Husam Kinawi, Chief Scientist Dr. Kinawi has a PhD and MSc in Computer Science from the Universities of Calgary, Canada and London, UK. In 1997, he co-founded Mpower Technologies Inc., a wireless telecommunications software company. In 1999, Dr. Kinawi co-founded ActiveIq.com (NASDAQ: AIQT), a Boston-based e-Business applications firm. Dr. Kinawi has over seventeen years of research and development experience working with industry leaders such as Newbridge (Alcatel), Siemens, United Technologies, and Apple in the areas of distributed information systems, embedded applications and wireless Internet solutions. Dr. Kinawi has also spoken at several major conferences, published several research papers, and is the holder of several patents in the area of mobile and wireless devices.

Looks Like Your Insurer Probably Won’t Be Covering Your Latest Malware Breach…

So, this was a bit of an eye-opener on the financial effects from the latest corporate Malware breaches; Insurance Companies are declining coverage on the latest corporate malware breaches! In a recent article in the New York Times, it was … Continue reading

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Hackers Can Now Give You… Tumours!

Security in the Healthcare industry has been coming up a lot in the news lately, but not just for the hacking of patient data or the ransoming of hospital infrastructure; that has been the norm in the past. The latest … Continue reading

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Save Patient Zero!

Owing to the onslaught of ever-evolving malware, firewalls will typically offload an inconclusive scan to a sandbox in order to properly identify whether content is safe or malicious. This is how it works: Your firewall will attempt to use Deep … Continue reading

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Weaponized Word Documents: Block Them BEFORE They Enter Your Network

A recent article, this time from GBHackers, brings to light yet another way that hackers are getting quick and easy gains – Banking Malware.  Banking malware, in this case the Emotet variety, is a banking trojan that can steal key personal information used for online banking such … Continue reading

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Norsk Hydro Ransomware A Week Later: What Is The REAL Target?

Going back to our previous blog on the ransomware attack that hit Norsk Hydro, in Norway, we’re hearing a bit more about the underlying piece of malware that was used in that attack, LockerGoga.  A brief article appeared yesterday on Fossbytes.com that … Continue reading

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Even With Adequate Backups in Place, Ransomware Hitting a Network Can Still Cause Disruptions and Have a Financial Impact

Ransomware is again in the news as of late; this time hitting one of the world’s largest aluminum producers, Norsk Hydro, in Norway.  As reported by Yahoo! Finance, Norsk Hydro was battling to contain a ransomware cyberattack yesterday that caused a … Continue reading

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Ryuk Ransomware – Still Netting CyberCriminals Payouts Through Attacks on Local Governments and Smaller Enterprises – So, What Should They Do?

Despite better security solutions now available to combat ransomware, old and new strains are still being utilized to great effect. The latest report from Bleeping Computer, is focused on the “Ryuk” ransomware, being used by a group in Eastern Europe … Continue reading

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Separ Malware – Showing That the Simple Attacks are Sometimes the Most Effective

Over the last week, more has been made public about the Separ Malware / phishing campaign that has been making the rounds, starting at the end of January.  Threatpost states that “it has affected around 200 companies and over 1,000 individuals, … Continue reading

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WannaCry, Erebus, Petya Variants – Are You Ready For The Next MALWARE Attack? WedgeAMB Will Protect You!

We have seen a number of large scale attacks leveraging the recently published NSA tools and exploits. The latest attack seems very similar to the Petya virus which used a Ransomware-as-a-Service platform making it available to a wide range of … Continue reading

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Breaking Bread with SPIEs!

Lunch two Thursdays ago was a unique experience.  We got to meet and present to Calgary‘s SPIE – a special interest group made up of the who-is-who in Calgary’s Internet Security Profession.  Calgary, Canada’s Oil Capital, and without a doubt, companies … Continue reading

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