Holy smokes it has been a long while since I've written anything here. It has been quite an adjustment working from a home office. For reasons that escape me, we've been super busy ever since the move. Many data recovery jobs (which I failed to write anything about) and lots of service. Oh, and let's not forget the Win10 free upgrades. So many had seemingly decided to stick with Win7 but at the very last minute changed their minds and went the Win10 route. It was actually pretty comical, with me rushing to finish-up and activate over a dozen machines that Friday, July 29th. In any event, I'll try to keep this space more up to date going forward.
Lest we forget, the "Panama Papers" resulted from a security violation. 2.6TB of data and 4.8-million emails and 2.2-million PDF files<link>
Methodist Hospital in Kentucky nailed with ransomeware, declares internal state of emergency.<link>
FBI and Microsoft warn against hybrid targeted ransomware attack.<link>
FBI investigating cyber-attack at Methodist Hospital in Henderson (yes, the hackers nailed another hospital).<link>
Staminus Networking, which provides commercial hosting and perhaps more importantly, DDoS attack mitigation, was hacked and lost control of their network for approx. twenty hours. The hackers left a note when they were done.<link>
A look into the latest ransomware (Locky).<link>
New SSL/TLS attack puts 11 million web servers at risk.<link>
Ransomeware targeting Macs now found in the wild.<link>
Fake Adobe Flash update containing malware targets Apple users.<link>
Hospital pays $17,000 for access to encrypted files.<link>
New DMA ransomware discovers unmapped network shares (requiring enumeration of shares on any servers/workstations on the network). This is a new level of sophistication. Oh, and they want to be paid in Bitcoins. <link>
The NSA on hacking into computer networks. <link>
The 25 most common passwords, "123456" is still the most common. <link>
Newly updated Teslacrypt malware attacking mainly via E-Mail attachments. Watch-out for ZIP files.
McAfee indicates macro and fileless malware are top current threats. Fileless infections, awesome.<link>
Malware targeting power transmission causes blackout for hundreds of thousands in Ukraine.<link>
Microsoft bans insidious spyware after action by Lenovo and other manufacturers. Why people keep buying major-manufacturer PC's is beyond me.<link>
New encryption virus Gomasom .Crypt Ransomware Decrypted<link>
We're closing early (approx. 2pm) on Thursday, December 17.
Windows' authentication 'flaw' exposed in detail <link>.
U.S. Court of Appeals finds that breaking workplace computer policies cannot be charged as a crime. Nor can saying "fantastical" things online. <link>.