January 2020 News and Updates

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Executive Summary Happy New Year and New Decade and Welcome to 2020. Below is a quick summary of the highlights so far and I've included additional details on each below: Crypto Spoofing Vulnerability affecting all Windows versions. The NSA disclosed a vulnerability in all versions (there's a BBC article that notes that Windows Server versions prior to Server 2016 may not be impacted) that could allow an attacker to digitally sign malware (or anything) to fool users and their computers into executing malicious programs. The patch is included in the January updates and should be applied as soon as possible. Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 are officially retired and are no longer supported. If you have any of these devices still on your network, removing or replacing them should…
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November 2019 Updates

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News Holiday Schedule - Cyber Tech Cafe will be closed on Thursday, 28 November 2019 and Friday, 29 November 2019 for Thanksgiving.DC770 - Cyber Tech Cafe is a proud supporter and co-sponsor of the DC770 DEF CON group that meets monthly at 7:00pm ET at Jefferson's restaurant in Cartersville on the first Tuesday of each month. More information is available at https://dc770.org .  Executive Summary In addition to the normal pressure of Patch Tuesday, we have more than dozen vulnerabilities that are listed as critical this month with at least one being actively exploited in the wild. November 2019 also brings us one month closer to the 14 January 2020 end of life (retirement) for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008. If you or your organization still has Windows 7 or Windows…
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9/11

9/11

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On 11 September 2001, America suffered it's most violent and horrific attack since Pearl Harbor. Two thousand, nine hundred and ninety six people lost their lives as a result of these attacks. 8:46am ET - The North Tower of the World Trade Center was struck by American Airlines Flight 11.9:03am ET - The South Tower of the World Trade Center was struck by American Airlines Flight 175.9:37am ET - The Pentagon was struck by American Airlines Flight 77.9:59am ET - The South Tower of the World Trade Center collapses.10:03am ET - Passengers and crew aboard United Airlines Flight 93, fight back and storm the cockpit and the plane crashes in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, about 20 minutes flying time from Washington, DC.10:15am ET - The west-facing E Ring of the Pentagon collapses.10:28am…
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Closed for 4th of July

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Emergency support is available for MyIT and commercial clients via phone or email at normal emergency rates. Cyber Tech Cafe will be closed on Thursday, 4 July 2019 to celebrate Independence Day and spend time with family, friends and loved ones. Non-emergency calls and emails will be answered on a first come, first served basis on Friday, 5 July 2019.
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Intermittent mail flow delays at AppRiver

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AppRiver is currently investigating reports of intermittent mail flow issues for some of it's customers. The delays appear to be specific to the email security products (SecureTide, SmartHost and Virus filtering). Additional information is available via the AppRiver status page via the link below. https://status.appriver.com/
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Multiple vulnerabilities in Fortigate firewalls SSL VPN

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Two advisories were published on 24 May 2019 regarding the SSL VPN components of Fortigate firewalls using FortiOS versions 5.6.3 to 5.6.7 and 6.0.0 to 6.0.4. Updates to both branches (5.6.8 and 6.0.5 or 6.2.0, respectively) have been released and are available for download. We are reaching out to all affected Cyber Tech Cafe customers now to schedule the upgrades. Additional Information is available below: Information Disclosure - https://fortiguard.com/psirt/FG-IR-18-384Unauthenticated Password Change - https://fortiguard.com/psirt/FG-IR-18-389
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Memorial Day

Memorial Day

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Cyber Tech Cafe will be closed Monday, 27 May 2019 in observance of Memorial Day. We would like to extend our utmost gratitude to all of the men and woman that have sacrificed everything for our great nation. We hope everyone has a great Memorial Day!
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What’s the best defense against cyber attack? Prepare. Patch. Train. Test. Repeat.

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It sounds simple but, when it comes to ransomware (and many other types of cyber attacks), those five words will put you head and shoulders above most. Prepare. Know what you have; what's supposed to be there and what's not. Then, protect what's supposed to be there from what's not. Then, just in case something slips by, make sure you have a good disaster recovery plan (that includes off site backups) in place. Patch. Bad guys are going to attack your tech or your people. To attack the tech, they need to find a vulnerability or a miss configuration. Timely installation of manufacturer supplied patches will cut your exposure in half. Having a monthly maintenance plan like Cyber Tech Café’s MyIT Program will help ensure that the supplied patches are…
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February Updates 2019

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Executive Summary The Cyber Tech Cafe Managed Services (MyIT) continue to be an overwhelming success.  It's exciting to see organizations taking a proactive approach when it comes to their IT Infrastructure and it's incredibly rewarding to hear those organizations comment about how "things just seem to work".  A new version of our website / blogging software brings a new format to these posts, all the same content you know and love with a fresh coat of paint to hopefully make consumption more enjoyable and pleasing. As always, we welcome comments, feedback, concerns, etc. News DC770 - Cyber Tech Cafe is a proud supporter and co-sponsor of the DC770 DEF CON group that meets monthly at 7:00pm ET at Jefferson's restaurant in Cartersville on the first Tuesday of each month. More information is available…
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Java, no longer free!

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Tech giant Oracle recently announced that starting in January of 2019 their flagship product, Java SE, would require a license for all commercial installations going forward. Many news organizations have reported on this impending change, however not many make it clear what happens going forward. Below is a quick guide to help answer some of the questions left unanswered in many other articles. 3 billion devices run slow Who Does This Affect? Any commercial users of Java in any form. If you go to Java.com and download the latest version of what most users know as "Java" (currently Java Version 8 Update 201) and you do business, make money, and or are a commercial entity, you need to purchase a license to use Java on a per machine, per year…
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