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 […]

Microsoft Security – Revamped Security Updates portal coming in FEB 2017

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Microsoft will be revising their Security Bulletins Portal in February to use CVEs and other changes as described below:  https://mcpmag.com/articles/2017/01/17/replacing-security-bulletin-portal-in-february.aspx https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/mt791750.aspx Microsoft will be going live with its new “Security Updates Guide” portal — which will replace the older “Security Bulletins” portal — next month.  The Security Updates Guide is currently accessible as a preview. However, on […]

Microsoft Security Updates – JANUARY 2017

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Below are key resources documenting this recent monthly Microsoft Patch Tuesday release: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/ms17-jan.aspx https://isc.sans.edu/mspatchdays.html http://blog.talosintel.com/2017/01/mstues.html Happy New Year to our readers! Today marks the first Patch Tuesday of 2017 with Microsoft releasing their monthly set of bulletins designed to address security vulnerabilities. This month’s release is relatively light with 4 bulletins addressing 3 vulnerabilities. Two […]

Windows 10 – Security updates for original version 1507 end on MARCH 26th

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The Windows 10 versioning uses a YYMM format and version 1507 reflects the original JULY 2015 release.  After March 26, 2017, the original release will no longer be updated, as reflected below.  This issue will primarily impact corporate WIN10 versions — as this is the only eligible version, where users can easily turn off updates http://www.zdnet.com/article/reminder-microsoft-to-no-longer-update-original-windows-10-release-after-march-26/ IT […]

Windows 10 – Overall usage reaches 25 percent

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WIN10 usage continues to grow, especially as it comes preloaded on new computers.  However corporate enterprise users are more locked into legacy devices, applications, and desktop management software continue to use WIN7 more extensively.  http://www.zdnet.com/article/the-biggest-barrier-to-windows-10-success-is-still-windows-7/ Windows 10 has made some decent inroads thus far: it now accounts for somewhere around a quarter of PCs accessing […]

Mobile Phones – Bad Batteries root cause for Galaxy Note 7 issues

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Some of manufacturing techniques created a short in both the original and replacement batteries leading to a loss of over $5 billion as the entire product line had to shutdown and recalled.  A new 8 point safety program was instituted to prevent future issues.   http://www.pcmag.com/news/351205/samsung-blames-bad-batteries-for-galaxy-note-7-disaster The Galaxy Note 7 counts as the worst smartphone launch […]

Leadership – Techniques to encourage personal growth of others

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John Maxwell reflects on the need to encourage members of the team in their personal growth in sharing the following three key techniques http://www.johnmaxwell.com/blog/be-quick-to-encourage-growth-in-the-people-you-care-about Whenever I write or speak on the subject of leadership, I share that the best leaders are always on the lookout for opportunities to help people in their organizations grow. Helping […]

Ransomware – New Doxware technique makes sensitive documents public

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A new technique described as “Doxware” is where sensitive documents are published in a “wikileaks” type fashion publicly until payment is rendered. While this would be targeted for highly specific companies or individuals, it is designed to bring in greater ransom payments. http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/ransomware-has-evolved-and-its-name-is-doxware/a/d-id/1327767 The latest form of malware holds computers hostage and compromises the privacy […]

Intel – 2017 Kaby Lake CPU processor details

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This article and slideshow, from Extreme Tech, shares details for INTEL’s 7th generation CPU chips: https://www.extremetech.com/computing/242015-intel-rolls-rest-kaby-lake-family Intel didn’t just launch the new Core i7-7700K desktop CPU, it made a comprehensive update to its entire product line. The initial Kaby Lake mobile refresh was limited to a handful of SKUs; with this launch Intel is bringing […]

USB Flash Drives – Kingston 1TB and 2TB devices

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Kingston will offer 1TB and 2TB next month with the new DataTraveler Ultimate GT USB flash drive as described below: http://www.pcmag.com/news/350768/kingston-datatraveler-ultimate-gt-is-worlds-largest-usb-fla We are now spoiled for choice when it comes to deciding how to carry data around. There’s USB sticks, portable hard drives that don’t require a power cable, SD cards, and of course, the […]


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