6 April 2019 may be a bad day for GPS

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Prior to 1 January 2000, the so-called Y2K had everyone on edge about what would happen when the year rolled from 99 to 00 on devices with only two digits to note the year. There was significant preparation and work (and a lot of snake oil sold, imho), but it ended up being a pretty smooth transition and using four digits (instead of two) is now the norm. Not sure what will happen on 31 December 9999 but, honestly, that's not really going to be my problem. All of that said though, it seems that GPS may have a similar issue on 6 April 2019. According to this article, GPS signals from satellites include a ten binary bit timestamp, allowing for a maximum of 1,024 weeks (roughly 20 years). When…
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Winter Weather Advisory

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The National Weather Service and local weather stations have issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Tuesday, 29 January from 3:00am to 7:00pm. Bartow County and several surrounding school systems have already adjusted their schedules in preparation for the potential snow and/ or ice. We will be watching the weather closely and will be posting updates and announcements to our Facebook page.
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What does the upcoming end of life for Windows 7 mean to me?

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As many of you may already know, support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 officially ends on 14 January 2020. It may seem like a long way off but now is the time to begin planning your migration. In the interest of brevity, I've tried to be short and to the point below with some quick 'what does this mean' and 'what do I do' points but, if you have any questions or if you'd like for Cyber Tech Cafe to help with your migration, definitely let us know. What does this mean? Microsoft works with it's internal staff as well as it's Bug Bounty program to find vulnerabilities (bugs and other problems) in it's products. They then write updates (fixes) and release updates every month that users can…
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Problems reported with Office365

Problems reported with Office365

Industry News
We have had a number of reports this morning of performance and connection issues with Office365 applications, specifically Outlook. In most cases, the reported issues have been slower than normal performance and outgoing emails getting 'stuck' in the Outbox for an extended period of time. Although the Office365 Status page doesn't record any issues, we confirmed via DownDetector.com that a number of users are reporting issues and they appear to have started around 10:32am ET.
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Critical Update for Adobe Reader and Acrobat

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Adobe has released an out-of-band update to address a critical vulnerability in Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader products. This vulnerability affects both Windows and Mac platforms and could allow an attacker remote access to vulnerable systems. Users are encouraged to review their systems and apply the necessary patches. If you are a Cyber Tech Cafe MyIT client, please note that this update has already been applied in your environment. If you would like more information about our MyIT managed services options for your organizations, let us know. Additional information can be found at the US CERT and Adobe websites.
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Email scam claiming your account has been compromised

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Criminals continue to evolve and find new ways to take advantage of unsuspecting targets. One method that seems to be gaining popularity is for these criminals to simply send an email to their target claiming that they're already compromised and then demand a ransom in exchange for not doing more (emailing compromising photos to contacts, etc.). From the criminals perspective, it's much easier (no need to actually 'hack' their target, no need to develop ransomware, etc.) and much safer (other than the email, there's no real trail back to the criminal). From the targets perspective though, as long as they can get past the panic and 'fight or flight' stage, it's much easier to avoid. Below is a screenshot of an email that we received in a honeypot account as…
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Happy New Year from Cyber Tech Cafe

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All of us here at Cyber Tech Cafe would like to wish you a Happy New Year! We will be closed Tuesday, 1 January 2019 to celebrate with friends and family. We will reopen to normal business hours on Wednesday, 2 January 2019. All non emergency issues will be handled Wednesday morning. In case of an emergency we will have an on-call technician. We ask if it is an emergency that you put 'emergency' in the subject line of the email. Thank you for making 2018 a great year and to having an amazing 2019. From all of us here at Cyber Tech Cafe, we wish you and yours a Happy New Year. Nathan and Kristy Underwood
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Is your network safe while you’re gone for the holidays?

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I just saw this article about the ordeal a Network / Systems Administrator went through as the result of a ransomware attack. If you're a business owner or Network / Systems Administrator for your organization, here are some quick lessons learned to consider before leaving for the holidays. Lessons Learned Do not expose RDP to the Internet - Remote desktop is a tool that's built into Windows to connect to other Windows computers remotely. It's incredibly convenient way to get remote access to a computer for legitimate users as well as the bad guys. A good rule of thumb, do not expose RDP to the Internet. FortiGate firewalls include both an SSL VPN and a web-based portal that makes accessing RDP over the Internet securely trivial. All of the backups…
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Urgent Update for Windows Users = Zero Day vulnerability in Internet Explorer

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Microsoft has released an update for a zero day vulnerability in Internet Explorer that can grant an attacker full access to a victim computer simply by having the target visit a malicious website. The bug ( CVE-2018-8653) was reported by Google. Cyber Tech Cafe MyIT customers are already patched against the vulnerability. Additionally, signatures for the attack have already been released by ESET and Fortinet as an added layer of protection. Additional Resources Microsoft TechNet - https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/msrc/2018/12/19/december-2018-security-update-release-2/ESET - https://www.welivesecurity.com/2018/12/20/microsoft-emergency-patch-internet-explorer-zero-day/ThreatPost - https://threatpost.com/microsoft-ie-zero-day-gets-emergency-patch/140185/ https://threatpost.com/microsoft-ie-zero-day-gets-emergency-patch/140185/ Brian Krebs - https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/12/microsoft-issues-emergency-fix-for-ie-zero-day/
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