Teams of software experts have discovered a bug in both Intel and AMD processors that can allow malicious code access to confidential information. Some patches are currently available, but not all aspects are fixable at the moment. This issue is serious and effects Microsoft Windows, Apple MacOS and Linux as well as as mobile devices Apple iOS and Google ChromeBooks. Basically anything with an Intel or AMD effected CPU. Keep up to date on your patches, Retire old Out of Service Operating systems. Yes people are still using XP, 2003, etc. It’s time for them to go away finally. No patches will come out for older OS making them just huge targets. Keep your OS and AV up to date or just ask us about RMM and WebRoot. Read more in the links below. https://www.pcworld.com/article/3245606/security/intel-x86-cpu-kernel-bug-faq-how-it-affects-pc-mac.html http://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/01/04/intel_amd_arm_cpu_vulnerability/
FCC chairman mocks REAL concerns shared by millions. Pushes through damaging policies that remove protections established to ensure unobstructed access to internet resources and fair competition in the market. Making it even easier for local monopolistic internet providers to restrict/charge or cripple the competition. Yes, it’s that serious.
Watchdog’s clown, er, chairman debases policymaking in the United StatesSource: FCC douses America’s net neutrality in gas, tosses over a lit match
A long used service to be shutdown in less than 2 weeks. AIM or AOL Instant Messenger is closing down after about 20 years. You can read more about it at the link below. There are many other options now including SMS or Text messages. Still, it will be missed…
Read more about the shutdown of AIM and what it means for you.Source: AIM will be discontinued on December 15, 2017
If you have any Eltima Software installed on your Mac, you may have some Malware along with it. This is another legitimate piece of software that Hackers have managed to sneak in some malicious code. Remember recently CCleaner suffered the same fate. Look for the existence of any of these files: /tmp/Updater.app/ /Library/LaunchAgents/com.Eltima.UpdaterAgent.plist /Library/.rand/ /Library/.rand/updateragent.app/ Read the full article on the Register (link below) http://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/10/20/mac_os_reinstall_eltima_elmedia_malware/ This proves that you can do everything as securely as possible and still get compromised from a “Trusted” source. Safe computing, and ALWAYS have a reliable trusted AntiVirus software installed. We Recommend WebRoot.
CCleaner a widely used utility was hacked opening a backdoor and allowing Malware to be attached to some seemingly legitimate versions of the software. As a precaution to our clients (Those under our IDMax protection) we set a global removal of any older versions. There are updated versions that are not susceptible and the 64Bit versions are not effected by this specific issue. If you would like more info read below: Forbes – Hackers Hid Backdoor Avast Blog Response / Update
Your (Fill in name of device here) is Not immune from attack. Even the iPhone. There are many vectors for attacking an iPhone. One that uses WiFi (scary) was recently patched. Update your iOS Device now. The iPhone is still my phone of choice and is much less susceptible to attack than say Android. But it like any other platform is still subject to attack. So the saying “semper vigilans” is a good rule where technology is concerned. Don’t trust unknown sources, networks, people, devices, cables, etc. This means Don’t let people play with your phone, don’t give out your pin, don’t connect to that Free hotspot, don’t plug into some unknown charging cable/port and ALWAYS stay up to date on your patches. If you don’t patch the holes that the experts work so hard to plug just become a bullseye for those looking for a weakness. Each flaw gets published and when it’s not repaired it’s almost a road map of how to compromise your device. Here are a few articles to get you started. the Register: No one still things iOS is invulnerable to malware, right? CBSNews about the WiFi Exploit: If you use Wi-Fi on your iPhone or iPad, get this security update
If you are viewing a post from a mobile device pay close attention to the URL. A new(ish) exploit method simply uses a bunch of — (Dashes) to obscure part of the address. The article specifies Facebook but this same technique would work with other sites as well. The key is to be ever vigilant. Read more here: https://www.techworm.net/2017/06/facebooks-new-phishing-scam-pads-urls-hyphens.html
A Bug allows a malicious website or link to crash Windows 7 and 8.1 computers. The Temporary Solution? Use Chrome to Browse the net, not Internet Explorer (IE) or FireFox as both are susceptible. Read more below on the Register. Master File Table Exploit
In case you haven’t heard (if you follow our Blog or Facebook page you should have) there is some fallout from the NSA hacking tools being leaked. At least allegedly. Our WebRoot customers are covered and our IDMax customers have been updated. Are you one? If not contact us and stay protected. The ‘new’ Ransomware has been wreaking havoc, causing outages, effecting Hospitals, telecoms and business in the UK, Russia, Tiawan and elsewhere. Microsoft has put out patches for it’s operating systems as well as offering some patches for it’s older XP and 2003 OS even though it discontinued support for them sometime ago. Read More: Here on NetworkWorld, Here on ZDNet.com, More here on ZDNet.com including links to the Patches for Older OS (XP/2003)