Malware – EMOTET threats increasing January 2020

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EMOTET is one of the most active threats in circulation & CISA shares awareness of increased activity in-the-wild https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2020/01/22/increased-emotet-malware-activity The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is aware of a recent increase in targeted Emotet malware attacks. Emotet is a sophisticated Trojan that commonly functions as a downloader or dropper of other malware. Emotet primarily […]

Microsoft – Data Breach of non-secure customer data impacts 250M user accounts

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A non-secure server was discovered by Microsoft containing customer data for over 250M users. While no payment or credit card numbers were present for customers, there were sensitive fields that could be used in future support fake scam calls, emails, or website. Microsoft quickly fixed all issues & shares as awareness to it’s customers https://www.forbes.com/sites/daveywinder/2020/01/22/microsoft-security-shocker-as-250-million-customer-records-exposed-online/#2f4605b14d1b […]

FBI – Fake Employment scams January 2020

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The FBI, CISA & ISC share warnings regarding highly sophisticated fake employment scams that are designed to capture sensitive personal data such as social security numbers or bank account information https://www.ic3.gov/media/2020/200121.aspx https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2020/01/22/ic3-issues-alert-employment-scams The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has issued an alert warning consumers of fake jobs and hiring scams targeting applicants’ personally identifiable information […]

CISA – Best Practices for WEBSITE PROTECTION 2020

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https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2020/01/21/reminder-safeguard-websites-cyberattacks Protect personal and organizational public-facing websites from defacement, data breaches, and other types of cyberattacks by following cybersecurity best practices. The Cybersecurity and Information Security Agency (CISA) encourages users and administrators to review CISA’s updated Tip on Website Security and take the necessary steps to protect against website attacks. For more information, review: CISA Insight: Enhance […]

Excel – Advanced tips to hide or show cells

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IIL blogs are an excellent source for leadership & management techniques for 2020.  They also continue an excellent series of advanced Excel tips & techniques 🙂 How to Hide and Show Rows and Columns in Excel In this blog we’ll explore the various ways to hide and show rows and columns. The bulk of the […]

FBI – Crime Statistics 1st half of 2019

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The FBI tracks all forms of crime with preliminary statistics captured in updated reports.  Computer related crimes are important for all user to avoid, as fraud, scams, and malware attacks abound. https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2019-preliminary-semiannual-uniform-crime-report-released-012120 Preliminary statistics show overall declines in both violent and property crime in the first half of 2019 compared to the same time frame […]

Microsoft Edge – Chrome version release on JAN 15 2020

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Microsoft has released it’s 1st version of the Chrome based version for Windows 10 (as well as Windows 7 & 8).  It is a much improved version from the more proprietary original version of Edge that is included with the WIN10 O/S 🙂 https://redmondmag.com/articles/2020/01/15/first-stable-chromium-edge-browser.aspx Microsoft on Wednesday announced the first release of its Chromium-based Microsoft Edge […]

Windows 10 – CryptoAPI critical security patch January 2020

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As fake certificates can be easily spoofed, WIN10 users should quickly move to latest JANUARY 2020 “Patch Tuesday” release to stay protected. While IE11 & Edge browsers have the main vulnerabilities, with some effort Chrome could also be potentially compromised (as it uses same API). https://www.pcmag.com/news/bad-flaw-in-windows-10-also-affects-chrome-browser https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/CVE-2020-0601 The NSA-discovered vulnerability in Windows 10 doesn’t just […]

TV and monitors – 8K v 4K evaluation January 2020

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PC Magazine offers excellent comparison of current 4K verses evolving 8K resolution standards. https://www.pcmag.com/news/what-is-8k-should-you-buy-a-new-tv-or-wait 8K is a higher resolution than 4K—and that’s it. 1080p screens have a resolution of 1,920 by 1,080 pixels. 4K screens double those numbers to 3,840 by 2,160 and quadruple the number of pixels. 8K doubles the numbers again, to a […]

Security – Windows CryptoAPI vulnerability CVE-2020-0601

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SANS ISC has an excellent overview of Windows CryptoAPI vulnerability CVE-2020-0601, this is a serious issue to fix for Windows 10 users (and esp. browsers IE, Edge, and Chrome) https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Summing+up+CVE20200601+or+the+Lets+Decrypt+vulnerability/25720/ This diary is about the vulnerability in Windows CryptoAPI, CVE-2020-0601, that everyone has been talking about; we decided to sum up known and tested information […]


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