Malware – Remcos RAT uses double ZIP process to avoid detection

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SANS ISC shares awareness of how some malware attackers use numerous advanced techniques to evade detection by AV & other security defenses.  This remote trojan attack has been disabled but illustrated dangers related to attachments & weblinks https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Remcos+RAT+Delivered+Through+Double+Compressed+Archive/28354/ The file was received as an attachment to a mail that pretended to be related to a […]

CISCO – best practices for ADMIN passwords guide FEB-2022

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Changing default passwords & setting strong ones are important for routers & security devices — as neglect in that area can lead to compromised security.  It is also important to manually rotate passwords — even if device allows for a permanent one.  NSA Best Practices for Selecting Cisco Password Types | CISA CSI_CISCO_PASSWORD_TYPES_BEST_PRACTICES_20220217.PDF (defense.gov) The […]

Video Editing – VEED.IO evaluation FEB-2022

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Some articles related to this popular video editing tool recently surfaced & basic services start at about $12 per month. VEED Reviews 2022 – Capterra Review: VEED is a simple, free online video editor : Apple World Today How to Edit a Video for Social Media with VEED.IO – Online Video Editing Tutorial – YouTube […]

Ransomware – CISA alert for BlackByte attacks FEB-2022

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The CISA & FBI have issued alerts for a new version of the BlackByte ransomware which is actively circulating in the wild FBI and USSS Release Advisory on BlackByte Ransomware | CISA https://www.ic3.gov/Media/News/2022/220211.pdf The BlackByte executable leaves a ransom note in all directories where encryption occurs. The ransom note includes the .onion site that contains […]

Microsoft Security Updates – FEBRUARY 2022

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Microsoft has released important “Patch Tuesday” monthly security updates. These should applied promptly as some of these vulnerabilities have potential to be actively exploited in-the-wild later: https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Microsoft+February+2022+Patch+Tuesday/28316/ https://www.zerodayinitiative.com/blog/2022/2/8/the-february-2022-security-update-review http://blog.talosintelligence.com/2022/02/microsoft-patch-tuesday-for-feb-2022.html https://www.cisa.gov/uscert/ncas/current-activity/2022/02/08/microsoft-releases-february-2022-security-updates https://redmondmag.com/articles/2022/02/08/microsoft-50-vulnerabilities-february-patches.aspx https://msrc.microsoft.com/update-guide/releaseNote/2022-Feb https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-us/security-guidance/summary https://patchtuesdaydashboard.com/ This month we got patches for 70 vulnerabilities. Of these, none is critical, 1 was previously disclosed and none is being exploited according […]

Ransomware – major increase of attacks during 2021

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The FBI, CISA, and other GOVT security concerns note Ransomware attacks were on increase during past year 2021 Trends Show Increased Globalized Threat of Ransomware | CISA https://www.cisa.gov/uscert/ncas/alerts/aa22-040a CISA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National Security Agency (NSA), the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), and the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC-UK) […]

Ransomware – FBI issues LockBit 2.0 alert

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Ransomware attacks continue to grow in sophistication to evade corporate technical defense systems.  The FBI has just issued a LockBit 2.0 alert FBI Releases Indicators of Compromise Associated with LockBit 2.0 Ransomware | CISA Microsoft Word – LockBit_2.0_FLASH FINAL (ic3.gov) The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released a Flash report detailing indicators of compromise (IOCs) […]

FTC – Romance SCAMs cost USA $343 million in 2021

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The 60-75 age group of socially isolated, lonely, and affluent individuals are the most vulnerable according to the study Bad Valentine: Dating Scams Cost Americans $343 Million in 2021 | PCMag Scammers are having a grand time during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the past year, scam calls cost Americans $30 billion. Social media scams alone cost people $770 […]

CPU comparison of INTEL i9 v Apple M1 FEB-2022

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Both INTEL & Apple manufacturer state of art CPUs in latest product offerings.  PC Magazine share an in-depth comparison of INTEL i9 v Apple M1 Intel Core i9 vs. Apple M1 Max: Which Laptop CPU Is Better? | PCMag Intel’s 12th Generation “Alder Lake-H” mobile CPUs offer loads of speed, but Apple’s M1 Max answers […]

Windows Update – 2 or more hours connectivity required FEB-2022

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In a Microsoft study of WU issues, it was found that many non-updated users don’t stay connected long enough which impacts the lengthy assessment & installation process.  Windows Devices Need 2 Hours of Continuous Connectivity for Update Compliance — Redmondmag.com Achieve better patch compliance with Update Connectivity data – Windows IT Pro Blog (microsoft.com) Microsoft […]


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