October 2020 News & Updates

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Executive Summary The US Treasury Department released an interesting advisory earlier this month suggesting they were prepared to file civil charges against the victims of ransomware who pay the ransom and anyone offering material support.Microsoft released patches for 87 vulnerabilities this month, making it the first month in 8 with less than 100 (and the first in 5 with less than 120).Twelve of this months patches address vulnerabilities considered by Microsoft to be critical.Adobe released a patch for a critical vulnerability in Flash Player that affects Windows, Apple / Mac, Linux and ChromeOS. Microsoft releases regular updates the second Tuesday of each month, often referred to as ‘Patch Tuesday’. These updates are categorized as Low, Moderate, Important or Critical. Details on the categories are available here. The updates can include…
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Interesting advisory from the Treasury Dept. regarding ransomware

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If you are a potential ransomware victim, an insurance company who provides ransomware protection, an IT Services provider or financial institution who may provide services to a ransomware victim, the latest advisory from the U. S. Treasury Department suggesting that you may be subject to civil penalties if you pay, recommend paying or facilitate the payment of a ransom may be worth a read. The U.S. Department of the Treasure's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) released an advisory on 1 October 2020 that suggests that it can and may pursue civil penalties against victims of ransomware who pay the ransom as well as third parties who recommend or facilitate ransomware payments. I've linked the advisory below and have copy / pasted some of the pertinent sections of the advisory…
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Closed Monday, 7 September 2020 for Labor Day

Closed Monday, 7 September 2020 for Labor Day

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We will be closed on Monday, 7 September 2020 to enjoy the Labor Day holiday with friends, family and loved ones and will reopen during normal business hours on Tuesday, 8 September 2020.  Emergency support will be available for our commercial clients.  If you need emergency support on Monday, simply include the word 'emergency' in the subject of your email to help@ctc.co or by noting it in your voicemail at 770.386.8900.
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Join us in welcoming our newest team member!

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Please join us in welcoming the newest addition to the Cyber Tech Cafe Team, Jeremy Bean.  Jeremy has an extensive background in IT, getting his start as one of the original "Double Agents" with the Geek Squad and then after several years moving into a helpdesk role with a manufacturing company.  Over the next ten years, Jeremy worked his way up to Systems Admin and ultimately IT Director when the company was purchased and his position moved out of state.  At that point, Jeremy and a partner started an IT Consulting firm where they provided a number of services including IT Support, servicing the small to medium business market.  With the pandemic and subsequent market downturn, Jeremy's partner took a full time position with a large company and Jeremy began…
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Zoom Outage

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We have received a number of reports that Zoom is down. We have looked into the matter and it does appear that Zoom is having problems, it looks like the issue is specific to the Zoom Web Client and that it is not impacting the Zoom desktop clients. Additional information is available from Downtime Detector via the link below: https://downdetector.com/status/zoom/
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OpSec is hard. Lessons learned from the Twitter hack arrests.

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As many of you may already know, social media platform Twitter was attacked on 15 July 2020 and 130 high-profile accounts were taken over and used in a scam to collect Bitcoin. During the attack, there was a lot of discussion and marvel at the scope and complexity of the attack and a $1 million bounty was offered to "those who successfully track down and provide evidence for bringing to justice the hackers / people" [behind the attack]. Coverage of the attack and 'buzz' on social media continued for a couple of days. Fast forward to this morning and one of the first things in my news feed was an article that the 17 year old alleged mastermind of the attack was arrested after authorities tracked him down using a…
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Adobe issues emergency update to multiple products

Adobe issues emergency update to multiple products

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Adobe has released emergency updates to address critical vulnerabilities in multiple products including Photoshop, Bridge and Prelude. The vulnerabilities could be used by an attacker to gain access to unpatched systems. Additional Info https://threatpost.com/critical-adobe-photoshop-flaws-patched-in-emergency-update/157581/
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