SQL-Server – Final 2022 RC version AUG-2022

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The latest SQL Server 2022 RC indicates the final commercial version will soon become solidified & available with new Azure cloud functionality built-in SQL Server 2022 Release Candidate 0 Now Available — Redmondmag.com Microsoft last week announced the release of SQL Server 2022 Release Candidate (RC) 0.   The RC 0 designation is old Microsoft phraseology. […]

Malware – James Web space telescope image used in attack

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Please be careful in opening unusual attachments or websites.  A recent James Webb Space Telescope was recently manipulated as “bait” to implant malware on vulnerable systems. Hacker Uses James Webb Space Telescope Image for Malware Attack | PCMag A hacker has been using an image taken by the James Webb Space Telescope to load malware […]

CISA – 12 new Industrial Control System advisories AUG-2022

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The need to better secure & update Industrial Control System software & devices is critical with numerous new attacks circulating. CISA Releases 12 Industrial Control Systems Advisories | CISA CISA has released 12 Industrial Control Systems (ICS) advisories on August 30, 2022. These advisories provides timely information about current security issues, vulnerabilities, and exploits surrounding […]

FTC – Student loan forgiveness SCAMS are already circulating AUG-2022

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Did you hear about the student loan announcements? Scammers did, too | Consumer Advice (ftc.gov) You’ve probably already heard about the new government plan that will forgive some federal student loans, once it’s up and running. Also in the news: the federal student loan payment pause has been extended to December 31, 2022. But scammers […]

Security – Shortened URL handling using CURL command

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Almost all shortened URL handling should be avoided as it provides a hidden way of re-directing users to malicious websites.  However if one must process these for a rare legitimate need the getlinkinfo site below can be helpful.  And technical IT professionals can use CURL as recommended in SANS Internet Storm Center.  https://isc.sans.edu/diary/Taking+Apart+URL+Shorteners/28980 Ever get […]

Microsoft SysInternals – Sysmon and ZoomIt updates AUG-2022

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Microsoft SysInternals recently updated the Sysmon and ZoomIt components InfoSec Handlers Diary Blog – SANS Internet Storm Center Both Sysinternals utilities (Sysmon and ZoomIt) received updates that significantly extends their scope: Sysmon can now also block actions, and ZoomIt can record videos.  Sysmon Event 27 (FileBlockExecutable) can now be used to block writing of executables to disk, […]

FTC – September 2022 is National Preparedness Month

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  It’s National Preparedness Month. Are you ready? | Consumer Advice (ftc.gov) So far the 2022 hurricane season has been fairly calm, but we have a way to go. The season peaks in mid-September and runs through November. A lot can happen in that time, and not all hurricane related.  This year’s heat waves, wildfires, […]

FTC – SCAMs related to free COVID test kits AUG-2022

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Free COVID test scam targets people on Medicare | Consumer Advice (ftc.gov) Scammers have been targeting Medicare recipients with a fake offer to get “free COVID tests.” They’re calling and running websites, online and television ads to try to convince people to give their Medicare information. But if you give them your information, they’ll bill […]

Hard Drives – PC Magazine HDD v. SSD in-depth AUG-2022

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SSD vs. HDD: What’s the Difference? | PCMag Who Are HDDs Best For? Enthusiast multimedia users and heavy downloaders: Video collectors need space, and you can easily get to 8TB or much more space cheaply with a hard drive. Budget buyers: Ditto. Plenty of cheap space. SSDs are too expensive for buyers of $300 PCs. Graphic arts […]

FTC – SCAMS related to school supplies shopping AUG-2022

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The return of students back to schools & colleges is a peak time for e-commerce purchases & increased SCAMS & security attacks.  The FTC highlights awareness & shares best practices for safer purchases online. Shopping scams are in session for back-to-school shopping | Consumer Advice (ftc.gov) Online Shopping | Consumer Advice (ftc.gov) Once you’ve got […]


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