March 2018 News and Updates

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Updates Executive Summary - March was a relatively dull week in the computer world. Microsoft and Adobe churned out their monthly fixes as usual but nothing particularly noteworthy. As usual, we here at Cyber Tech Cafe urge all our customers to review the updates addressed below as well as any other updates you may have for your applications and apply them as needed. As always, current MyIT customers will have their updates installed automatically by us. More information on how to become a MyIT customer can be found at the end of this newsletter or as always we are just a call or email away. Enjoy! Microsoft - Microsoft patched approximately 75 vulnerabilities this month (though many of them share the same KB number and will present to the user as…
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This (and Last) Week in Tech News [15 Dec 2017]

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This (and Last) Week In Tech News [15 Dec 2017] This Week In Tech News is a weekly segment released on Fridays highlighting the most important, popular, and interesting technology related news stories of the past week. Written and curated by Scott Schilder and presented by Cyber Tech Cafe. If you have an idea for a story to highlight please share it with us on Twitter. **Note** Due to inclement weather, there was no "This Week In Tech News" article for 8 Dec 2017. This article will cover news events that took place during this past week, and the week prior ( Dec 4th - Dec 15th) Net Neutrality, Net Neutrality, Net Neutrality, Oh My! - These past 2 weeks has been on fire with talks of the upcoming FCC vote…
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This Week In Tech News [1 Dec 2017]

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This Week In Tech News [1 Dec 2017] This Week In Tech News is a weekly segment released on Fridays highlighting the most important, popular, and interesting technology related news stories of the past week. Written and curated by Scott Schilder and presented by Cyber Tech Cafe. If you have an idea for a story to highlight please share it with us on Twitter.   Huge Vulnerability Found in Mac OS High Sierra - Mac user and software engineer Lemi Orhan Ergin first discovered a bug in the way Mac OS High Sierra handles logins and authentication on November 28th and disclosed the vulnerability to Apple in a tweet. https://twitter.com/lemiorhan/status/935578694541770752 The vulnerability allows an unauthenticated user to gain access to the device as the root user, without a password, simply by…
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October 2017 News and Updates

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Updates Executive Summary - This month's dominate tech news story had headlines warning us that "'All Wi-Fi networks' are vulnerable" . Security researcher Mathy Vanhoef of imec-DistriNet, discovered a vulnerability in the WPA2 standard that has been dubbed KRACK (Key Reinstallation Attacks) and according to the researcher "works against all modern protected Wi-Fi networks." The attack is particularly devious in that it allows not only for things like "steal[ing] sensitive information such as credit card numbers, passwords, chat messages, emails, photos, and so on" but also can allow the attacker to "inject ransomware or other malware into websites". The paper goes on to say that "if your device supports Wi-Fi, it is most likely affected. " Also this month, using Shodan, a search engine for Internet-connected devices, we are able…
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The Equifax Breach: Just How Bad Is It?

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For those of you that have just emerged from under your rock to read this article, I appreciate it, but if you haven't heard, a cyber security breach on one of the 3 main credit bureaus, Equifax, effecting over 143 Million Americans was announced this past week and some are touting this as one of the worst breaches in history. While we wait for the smoke to settle on this one, I wanted to put together a small collection of some of the key points I have heard being discussed and why they make this one of the more serious breaches in history. Severity of leaked data - The data reported to have been stolen includes the full names, address, birth date, social security number, and in some cases the…
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Code42 to End Support for CrashPlan for Home subscriptions

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In a shocking announcement making its way across the tech world, Code42, the company behind the CrashPlan backup service stated earlier this week that they will be discontinuing their Home backup service. The reasoning the company gave behind the move away from the residential market was to "focus on business customers", which they claim have different needs that "have diverged from the needs of the consumer". While this may seem like a normal move for a company, it has left many in the industry scratching their heads, specifically because the CrashPlan backup service is NOT designed to be run on a server or a centralized location on your network. While this is not clearly laid out in black and white, based on years of experience and various official statements from…
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“Largest Ever” Voter Records Leak Discovered; Approximately 198 Million Records

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A poorly or unsecured Amazon Web Services server was the cause for what is being touted as the "largest ever known exposure of voter information to date." The data was stored on an Amazon s3 storage server that is operated by Deep Root Analytics, and the companies Co-Founder, Alex Lundry, has released a statement indicating that they take, "full responsibility for this situation." The data stolen includes voter's name, date of birth, home address, phone number, and voter registration details. Some outlets are even reporting that the information in the leak has predictions on which candidate a particular voter intends to vote for. For more information, check out some links to articles below. More Info: ZDNet UpGuard (Security Research Who Disclosed the Breach)  
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