June 2021 News & Updates

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Executive Summary So far, June 2021 is a bit of a reprieve from the massive oil pipeline breach that we were looking at this time just a month ago. That said, there are a couple of things to keep your eyes on. Threat actors, including nation states, are targeting vaccine and virology organizations as well as pharmaceutical companies. If you're in these verticals or do business with these verticals (supply chain, customers, etc.), be on the lookout for targeted attacks.Multiple significant bugs patchedMicrosoft patched six zero-day vulnerabilities, including a Remote Code Execution (RCE) vulnerability and a privilege escalation vulnerability that are being actively exploited in the wild.Threat actors are evolving - According to this article, the bad guys seem to be doing a better job of applying lessons learned to…
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May 2021 News & Updates

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Executive Summary May 2021 is proving to be a busy month (already) from a technology perspective. Between massive ransomware attacks on critical infrastructure (and $5M USD ransoms paid) to newly patched wormable vulnerabilities (that could easily be weaponized and used against other critical infrastructure targets) to the latest Windows Feature Release, IT Pros have certainly been tested. Regular site visits return - When we saw the potential for a fuel shortage and the subsequent rush on gas stations, we halted all non-critical site visits. With the fuel supply stabilizing, I'm happy to report that site visits are back to normal.Enhanced Patch Management - Cyber Security impacting the physical world - We have two cases where cyber attacks had real world impacts on the physical worldColonial Pipeline Breach - Details are…
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March 2021 News & Updates

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Executive Summary A number of Windows Users, after installing the latest security updates, found that they were unable to print. In some cases, the symptom was simply that blank pages were printed and in some cases the computers would blue screen (crash) or freeze (requiring a power cycle). Additional information is available here.Four zero day vulnerabilities were published and publicly exploited in Microsoft Exchange servers including Exchange Server 2013, 2016 and 2019. The vulnerabilities were used extensively to target and attack US targets including healthcare, government and more. Additional information is available here.Microsoft's Azure Platform (Azure AD, AAD) suffered a pretty significant outage on 15 March starting at apparently 19:15 UTC and finally ending at approximately 09:37 UTC on the following day. Impacted users were unablet o access Azure resources…
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February 2021 News & Updates

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Executive Summary A remote attacker was able to breach a water treatment facility in an attempt to poison the water supply. The facility was running Windows 7, using shared passwords, Teamviewer for remote access and had no firewall in place. Thankfully, the attack was thwarted. Additional information is available here and here.We are excited to announce that we will be looking into more / different / better ways to interact with you over the coming weeks and months. I don't have a lot of details available to share at the moment but announcements will be made on our website and mailing list as we're able to share more.Quite a few of you noticed some changes that we're making to the MyIT systems including the ability to push critical updates (like…
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January 2021 News & Updates

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Executive Summary Happy New Year. We hope that you were able to enjoy time with family, friends and loved ones over the holidays and that you're doing well in the New Year.Microsoft is getting the year off to a rough start, patching 80 vulnerabilities including one that is being actively exploited.Ubiquiti noted Monday that it had "…became aware of unauthorized access to its systems hosted by a third-party cloud provider…". Adobe Flash Player is officially end of life.We are excited to announce that we will be looking into more / different / better ways to interact with you over the coming weeks and months. I don't have a lot of details available to share at the moment but announcements will be made on our website and mailing list as we're…
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December 2020 News & Updates

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Executive Summary We will be closed Thursday, 24 December and Friday 25 December to celebrate Christmas with family and friends. We will be closed on Friday, 1 January 2020 for New Years Day.Probably the biggest news for December (so far, 2020 isn't over yet) is what looks to have been a very successful compromise of SolarWinds with impacts reaching both far and wide including the Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration, Treasury and a who's who of other critical infrastructure and large enterprise. There's additional information from FireEye here and Krebs here but, short term, removing anything related to SolarWinds immediately would likely be a good plan. Microsoft patched 58 vulnerabilities this month with only nine listed (by both Microsoft and SANS) as critical and none currently being actively…
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November 2020 News & Updates

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Executive Summary We will be closed Thursday, 26 November 2020 and Friday, 27 November 2020 to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends. We are currently beta testing our device to tether your office network to your mobile phone / hotspot to provide emergency / backup Internet access to your office network. We hope to have a production version available mid December.Microsoft patched 112 vulnerabilities this month, tipping the 100 vulnerabilities in a month scale again. One update, rated as Important by Microsoft, is being chained with a Google Chrome vulnerability and exploited in the wild. Microsoft patched 112 vulnerabilities this month, 17 were classified [by Microsoft] as CRITICAL, 93 rated important and 2 rated moderate. One vulnerability patched this month , CVE-2020-17087, is rated by Microsoft as important but is…
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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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