New ransomware installs in boot record, encrypts hard disk | Ars Technica


If Crypto infections didn’t scare you before, now you can be absolutely paranoid! Now Crypto doesn’t just encrypt and lock out your files, it does the WHOLE hard drive.

 

Petya performs fake CHKDSK, and instead encrypts the master file table on disk.

Source: New ransomware installs in boot record, encrypts hard disk | Ars Technica

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New wave of “Malvertising” hitting – do your backups!


Get ready for a bumpy ride, because here we go again. Reports are coming in of a massive wave of malware laced ads that are hitting mainstream website and infecting people with Cryptolocking viruses just from browsing a website.

You can find the details on Ars Technica here: Big-name sites hit by rash of malicious ads

The key to remember here is that most of these attacks cannot be prevented by your antivirus. They often use exploits found in Flash or Silverlight (two common and far too buggy ways of delivering ads) to bypass protections. The real problem is that you can be infected by a tiny ad on a page that begins playing without any interaction from you. This happens when the ad provider gets compromised and the sites generally have nothing to do with that interaction.

We’ve said this many times, but make sure your backups are current! Whether you are a business or home user, check them and make sure they are running. And yes, this applies to Mac users too, as a new crypto attack on Mac systems was recently uncovered.

As always, if you have questions, contact us and we’ll discuss options with you and how you can protect yourself, including whether it is a good idea to remove Flash and run adblocking software.

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Windows 10 creeps even closer to landing on your PC – CNET


Microsoft makes a status change that has implications for all you Windows 7 and 8.1 users.

Source: Windows 10 creeps even closer to landing on your PC – CNET

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AVG, McAfee, Kaspersky Antiviruses All Had a Common Bug – Slashdot


An anonymous reader writes: Basic ASLR was not implemented in 3 major antivirus makers, allowing attackers to use the antivirus itself towards attacking Windows PCs. The bug, in layman terms, is: the antivirus would select the same memory address space every time it would run. If attackers found out the memory space’s address, they could tell their malicious code to execute in the same space, at the same time, and have it execute with root privileges, which most antivirus have on Windows PCs. It’s a basic requirement these days for software programmers to use ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomization) to prevent their code from executing in predictable locations. Affected products: AVG, McAfee, Kaspersky. All “quietly” issued fixes

 

 

Source: AVG, McAfee, Kaspersky Antiviruses All Had a Common Bug – Slashdot

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Dell apologizes for HTTPS certificate fiasco, provides removal tool | Ars Technica


So Dell has been preloading extras into your new purchases without you knowing. This is typical of what we call CRAPWARE which regardless of intent, is additional software added to your purchase without your informed and obvious consent. It is covered under the EULA and purchase agreement which legally covers their butts but is a poor practice.

Click Source: Dell apologizes for HTTPS certificate fiasco, provides removal tool | Ars Technica

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Cybersecurity experts warn of new ModPOS malware targeting retail payment terminals – Business – CBC News


U.S. retailers are hunting for evidence of new breaches leading into the holiday shopping season after a cyber intelligence firm privately warned them about payment-card-stealing malware that it said evades almost all security software.

Source: Cybersecurity experts warn of new ModPOS malware targeting retail payment terminals – Business – CBC News

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CryptoWall returns for another round with CryptoWall 4.0


Backup is going to be more important then ever now because this new version encrypts the FILENAMES as well meaning it will be impossible to tell what the files are once they are attacked.

Read the article below from our Intronis Partner forum for the details.

 

CryptoWall 4.0 has arrived on the ransomware scene. Find out what’s different about this latest twist on the ransomware juggernaut.

Source: CryptoWall returns for another round with CryptoWall 4.0

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2015 was the worst in history for OSX malware


oh now here is a shock!

A new report from Bit9 and Carbon Black details how 2015 was the worst year in history for OSX malware. In a 10 week study conducted by both organizations it was discovered that 2015 had 5 times more malware than all of 2010-2014 combined. OSX users need to take security seriously or they are bound to be affected by future malware.

Source: 2015 was the worst in history for OSX malware

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The 2015 Social Media Shortcuts Guide [Infographic] – Geeks are Sexy Technology


This is a pretty cool Info Graphic for different short cuts on your social media browser apps. It even shows the PC vs. Mac differences where there are any.

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[Source: SetUpABlogToday]

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Windows 10 still optional – no matter what you might read


There has been some news of late that Microsoft is making some changes in the new year to how it is rolling out Windows 10 for people still on Windows 7 or 8. Reports have indicated that MS will be making the upgrade into a recommended update that will upgrade your system if you have automatic updates set up on your computer, whether you want it or not.

Well, that’s not entirely accurate. MS did some clarification on this and we’d like to clarify our thoughts on that too.

We like Windows 10. A lot. We think it’s one of the best OS releases Microsoft has ever done and that it is actually better than the fantastic Windows 7 (and definitely superior to Windows 8). Despite that, we’ve been recommending to most of our client that there is no rush to upgrade to it. There is a major update (something called Threshold) due later this fall that will change a lot in Windows 10, almost an early Service Pack release, even though MS says they aren’t doing service packs anymore. With this coming down the pipe and the upgrade still free until the middle of 2016, we’ve been telling people to hold off until the upgrade path has stabilized a bit and they are ready to do it.

The news recently has made it seem that Microsoft is going to force this change whether you want it or not. That is a major problem for many corporate or small businesses who run software that isn’t ready to upgrade from Windows 7 yet, or that aren’t ready for the employee learning curve any new OS brings on. So hold on, as you are not going to be forced to do anything against your will.

See this report via ZDNET: Microsoft Clarifies Next Phase of Windows 10 Rollout. Yes, Microsoft is moving the upgrade from being a reserved update to being optional and then recommended. Despite that, you will always have to manually choose to do the upgrade, even if your Windows Update are set to automatically install (as they should be). If by chance you click-through to do it and realize that something doesn’t work after the upgrade, or that you just don’t like it, you have a full month in which you can roll back to your previous install with virtually no issues.

So don’t panic! You can keep the Windows version you prefer. Though…Windows 10 is REALLY good.

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