Ransomware – Ohio Hospital Emergency Room support impacted during Thanksgiving

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Ransomware is highly destructive & disrupted ER support for a short period of time, as documented below http://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities—threats/ransomware-attack-forced-ohio-hospital-system-to-divert-er-patients-/d/d-id/1333333 http://www.timesleaderonline.com/news/local-news/2018/11/hospitals-patient-information-safe-in-eorh-ovmc-computer-attack/ A ransomware attack that hit computer systems at the East Ohio Regional Hospital and Ohio Valley Medical Center reportedly disrupted the hospitals’ emergency rooms. The attack hit the evening of Friday, Nov. 23, leaving the hospitals […]

Security Breach – USPS security flaw recently patched

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The US postal service recently patched a security exposure as follows: https://securitytoday.com/articles/2018/11/28/usps-security-flaw-exposes-personal-data-of-60-million-people.aspx A security hole in a mail preview program from the U.S. Postal Service could have exposed the data of more than 60 million customers, giving third parties access to information including when critical documents and checks are scheduled to arrive in people’s mailboxes. […]

Microsoft Office – New application icons coming in future version

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In next release for Microsoft Office, new application icons are being designed as shared in article below https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/29/18117580/microsoft-office-new-icons-2018-design-features Microsoft is modernizing its Office icons as part of a broader focus on design for its various Office apps. It’s the first time the Office icons have changed in five years, and they’re designed to be more simple […]

Samsung SSD – Model 860 QVD 1TB review

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Samsung SSD – Model 860 QVD 1TB review The Samsung SSD model 860 QVD is reviewed featuring high performance flash memory.  And while not yet as fast or cost effective as HHD (traditional mechanical hard drives) — these devices are catching up with traditional hard drives https://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/3067157/samsungs-1tb-860-qvd-ssd-aims-to-make-solid-state-storage-more-affordable WITH ITS FLEXIBLE PHONE, Samsung is not devoid […]

Apple – iCloud for Windows compatibility issues fixed for WIN10 v1809

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Apple has fixed “iCloud for Windows” so that it will now work with WIN10 v1809: Apple releases iCloud for Windows update that works with latest version of Windows 10 Apple today has pushed an update to iCloud for Windows, bringing the app to version 7.8.1. The update comes after users reported major compatibility issues between […]

Best Security Practices – 12 Steps for improved online security

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This is an excellent list of a dozen techniques further ennumerated in the article below: https://www.pcmag.com/article/360806/12-simple-things-you-can-do-to-be-more-secure-online Making your devices, online identity, and activities more secure really doesn’t take much effort. In fact, several of our tips about what you can do to be more secure online boil down to little more than common sense. These […]

Malware – 3ve DOJ campaign stops Kovter infections on 1.7M devices

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In operation 3ve, US Justice Department and Google announced they had shut down a massive click fraud operation.  It used Kovter malware infections on 1.7M devices to serpetitiously hide and participate in the campaign.  https://www.pcmag.com/news/365155/hackers-made-millions-using-infected-pcs-in-click-fraud-sche On Tuesday, the US Justice Department and Google announced they had shut down a massive click fraud operation, which involved infecting thousands […]

YouTube – Scaling back premium subscription services in 2019

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https://www.marketwatch.com/story/youtube-reportedly-scaling-back-its-premium-tier-for-original-content-2018-11-27 YouTube is reportedly pivoting away from its premium subscription tier just eight months after it launched. YouTube’s original programming, which includes shows such as the “Karate Kid” spinoff “Cobra Kai,” will be available to all viewers, with ads, starting in 2019, Business Insider reported Tuesday. Separately, the Hollywood Reporter said Tuesday that the unit […]

Windows 10 – FIDO 2.0 security option in v1809

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Microsoft recently shared it is possible to use devices based on the Fast IDentity Online 2.0 (FIDO2) with the WIN10 v1809 release as follows: https://redmondmag.com/articles/2018/11/26/windows-10-and-fido2-support.aspx Microsoft indicated on Monday that it’s possible to use devices based on the Fast IDentity Online 2.0 (FIDO2) protocol with a Microsoft account and Windows 10 version 1809 to verify […]

Security – FBI shares awareness of Elder Fraud

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The FBI has a very difficult mission in attempting to stop all the “bad guys” out there — who are manipulating others in a fraudulent manner: https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/senior-citizens-victimized-in-telemarketing-scheme-112618 It took more than 10 years for a Canadian man to face justice in the United States for a telemarketing scheme that bilked senior citizens out of millions […]


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