FTC – Utility SCAMS requesting cryptocurrency AUG-2022

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Only scammers demand utility payments in cryptocurrency | Consumer Advice (ftc.gov) The latest twist on utility scams is asking you to pay in Bitcoin or another type of cryptocurrency. The scam goes like this: you get a call or text from someone pretending to be your utility company. The caller or text says you owe money (which […]

Malware – MagicWeb attacks use weak ADFS security settings

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The MagicWeb attacks use Active Directory Federation Services in Microsoft Windows & Microsoft recommends hardening all settings as noted in “ADFS Best Security Practices” link below Microsoft Describes ‘MagicWeb’ Attacks Using Active Directory Federation Services — Redmondmag.com MagicWeb: NOBELIUM’s post-compromise trick to authenticate as anyone – Microsoft Security Blog Best Practices for Secure Planning and […]

Microsoft Azure – Security compliance checking for connected devices

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The new WORKBOOKS dashboard can gather info/stats to ensure Security compliance & software update status for connected devices Microsoft Previews Azure Workbooks for Update Compliance of Windows Devices — Redmondmag.com Microsoft this week announced a public preview of Azure Workbooks for Update Compliance, which gives organizations a dashboard view on the status of Windows updates and […]

FTC – Inheritance scams circulating online and in mail

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Contacted about a long-lost relative’s inheritance? Hold on a minute | Consumer Advice (ftc.gov) The FTC has been getting reports of people getting letters in the mail from a law firm. They are, they say, looking for the heir of a multi-million-dollar inheritance. And they think it might be you. (Spoiler alert: it’s not.)  Here’s […]

FTC – ensure online HEALTH services are valid AUG-2022

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The FTC warns this month to carefully review online HEALTH services & ensure they are valid Is that health insurance, a health product, or a scam? | Consumer Advice (ftc.gov) Looking for health insurance can be confusing. But if you run across a company that deliberately tricks you into signing up for insurance or health […]

T-Mobile – Remote Coverage using SpaceX Starlink Satellites

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For remote areas without good cell tower coverage or internet connectivity — this option may be a feasible alternative in the future.  T-Mobile to Expand Coverage With the Help of SpaceX’s Starlink Satellites | PCMag Sometime before the end of 2023, T-Mobile aims to start augmenting its coverage using an unusual set of cell sites—all […]

CISCO – August 2022 product security updates

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Cisco is a key network & security vendor for many organizations. It is an important platform to stay maintained with recent security updates also.  Cisco Releases Security Updates for Multiple Products | CISA Security Advisories (cisco.com) Cisco has released security updates for vulnerabilities affecting ACI Multi-Site Orchestrator, FXOS, and NX-OS software. A remote attacker could […]

INTEL – Meteor Lake moves CPU design from monolithic to tile chiplets

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To ‘Meteor Lake’ and Beyond: How Intel Plans a New Era of ‘Chiplet’-Based CPUs | PCMag At Hot Chips 2022(Opens in a new window), Intel lifted the curtain to show off some tantalizing details around its upcoming 14th Generation “Meteor Lake” processors. Now, these cutting-edge CPUs aren’t likely to ship anytime soon. (We still have yet to […]

Hikvision cameras – Firmware security update prevents current attacks AUG 2022

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While webcams or other devices may not appear to be a security risk — attackers can manipulate unpatched systems to gain unauthorized access to the network.  Owners of these surveillance cameras should promptly perform firmware updates to get on the most current release.  Over 80,000 Hikvision Cameras Remain Unpatched and Vulnerable to Attack | PCMag […]

NIST – 2024 Post-Quantum cryptographic standards AUG-2022

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Quantum computers are super-computers that can perform intense calculations & processing, in such a manner — that existing cryptography keys used for encryption can be more readily “cracked”.  NIST is preparing more advanced standards slated for 2024 allowing GOVT & other agencies a time frame to accomplish migration. Preparing Critical Infrastructure for Post-Quantum Cryptography | […]


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