Windows 10 – New Defender Security Center will centralize controls

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The forthcoming “Windows 10 Creators Update” will centralize security controls within the new Defender Security Center.  This will provide easier capabilities for users to tune privacy and security settings on their computers and devices. https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/01/23/introducing-windows-defender-security-center/ http://www.forbes.com/sites/leemathews/2017/01/24/windows-10-is-getting-smarter-easier-security-controls/ The Windows Defender Security Center includes five pillars that give you control and visibility of your device security, health […]

Oracle – Huge January 2017 quarterly security update

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In the latest quarterly security updates, Oracle has patched 270 Vulnerabilities within it’s product base http://www.eweek.com/security/oracle-patches-270-vulnerabilities-in-january-update.html http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/security-advisory/cpujan2017-2881727.html Oracle is out with its first Critical Patch Update (CPU) for 2017 and it’s a big one. In total, Oracle is patching a staggering 270 different vulnerabilities across its software portfolio, with 121 patches in Oracle’s E-Business Suite […]

Ransomware – New Sage 2.0 variant circulating in-the-wild

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The Internet Storm center documents a new ransonware variant circulating in-the-wild https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Sage+20+Ransomware/21959/ https://www.pcrisk.com/removal-guides/10732-sage-ransomware On Friday 2017-01-20, I checked a malicious spam (malspam) campaign that normally distributes Cerber ransomware.  That Friday it delivered ransomware I’d never seen before called “Sage.”  More specifically, it was “Sage 2.0.”  Sage is yet another family of ransomware in an already […]

Ransomware – Petya variant targets Human Resources users via Job applications

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Ransomware dangers continue to circulate in-the-wild.  SHRM is a major Human Resources professional networking site.  It shares the risks associated with a new Petya variant, this is targeting companies via infected job applications. https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/hr-topics/employee-relations/pages/hackers-infect-job-applications-with-ransomware.aspx HR departments are being targeted by a new ransomware attack that comes disguised as a job application.  The cybercriminals behind the attacks demand about $1,000 […]


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