Critical Update: Meltdown & Spectre

Critical Update: Meltdown & Spectre

Old vulnerabilities bringing new problems… again
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By now, you may have heard of a “new” threat circulating the IT scene. I quote new, because as threats go this vulnerability is an old one. The vulnerability is a part of the architecture design in most modern CPUs (modern being within the last 20 years).

There is a lot of news and noise floating out there, so for simplicity sake, we will point you in the direction of the most useful resources on these new potential threats.

Who are the ShadowBrokers?

Who are the ShadowBrokers?

The WannaCry ransomware strain was created by amateurs who copied and pasted security vulnerabilities from a famous hacker group. It’s no longer a threat if you have updated your computer, but as evidenced by a recent announcement, the hacker group will continue to release dangerous security exploits for anyone to use.

Phishing Season Now Open

Phishing Season Now Open

The Equifax data breach is a bigger problem than you realized.
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By now, most anyone reading this is aware of the cyber security attack on Equifax, and the resulting estimated hack of 143 million users’ personal information. A majority of the noise, err news, out there right now is primarily focused on what steps to take to protect your personal information, and they are right to do so.

Black and white: Not all hackers are bad

Black and white: Not all hackers are bad

When a cyber security researcher stopped the spread of WannaCry, the headlines praised him as a savior. But just a few short months later he was in handcuffs for allegedly creating a piece of malware that steals banking information. Even if he is innocent, it’s important to understand the difference between white hat, black hat and even gray hat hackers.

Why is Windows XP getting updates?

Why is Windows XP getting updates?

Microsoft products usually have an end-of-support date, where no more feature updates and security patches will be offered. However, earlier this month, Microsoft has released a security update for Windows XP, an operating system that has been unsupported since 2014. Although releasing a patch for an old system seems unusual, Microsoft does have its reasons.

WannaCry: A historic cyberattack

WannaCry: A historic cyberattack

No one can escape the news of WannaCry. The IT industry has been covering this type of malware for years, but never has one campaign spread so far or infected so many computers. Read on to gain a greater understanding of what happened and how to prepare yourself for the inevitable copy cats.

When Worms Make You Wanna Cry

When Worms Make You Wanna Cry

Ransomware raising its ugly head again...
Across the globe this past week and especially into the weekend, the world of computer security had a bit of a wake up… to the tune of over 100,000 users infected in over 100 countries by Saturday afternoon! It has affected everything from home consumers to major organizations.