Integrated IT Solutions News September 2014
 
Cryptographic malware attacks on the rise

For some time, security researchers have been warning about the rise of cryptographic attacks, in which malware encrypts files on your computer (and network resources to which it has access) and asks for ransom in return for the decryption keys.

Last week researchers Vadim Kotov and Rahul Kashyap announced they identified an active attack in which the Cryptolocker virus was being spread through advertisements placed on YouTube. Many online articles were quick to suggest blocking the popular streaming media site at the network edge, but this only provides a false sense of security - the number of cryptography based malware attacks is growing quickly, and new threats are being developed that use different media types to perform their drive-by infections. There is no way to predict which medium will be leveraged next, and the best antivirus and antimalware products can only protect you against threats that have been identified.

The only real defense against a cryptographic attack is a good backup - one that is on a device that cannot be impacted by the threat.

Latest hacks expose new risks

Over the holiday weekend, there were new widespread hacks reported. It has many people wondering how they can avoid becoming a victim in a similar way. The photo leak is another reminder to update your passwords. Using a password that is easy to guess or sharing one among different services can give attackers the edge they need to break into someone's many other social media and online accounts.

Apple has fixed a bug that could have enabled hackers to gain access to iCloud accounts. The now-patched weakness occurred in their Find my iPhone software. But for many sites, including iCloud, users can opt to turn on an extra layer of security called two-factor authentication. This uses a separate channel, such as a text message sent to a mobile phone, to send a code that must be entered whenever an account is accessed from a new location or device.

Stopping apps from uploading data automatically is another great way to add a layer of defense and prevent inadvertent sharing.

ISO 9001 recertification

We are pleased to announce that Integrated IT Solutions has successfully recertified our ISO 9001 designation.

From our COO, Nasser Khadjenoori: "Our successful ISO 9001 recertification once again indicates our investment of significant time and effort to maintain our objective, which is quality assurance. It also proves our ongoing commitment to provide the best solutions and services to our clients by continuously monitoring, controlling and improving quality."

HP recalls power cords

HP is recalling some 6 million of its power cables after dozens of reports that the cords could melt or char during use, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.The Chinese-made cords, model number LS-15 AC, were distributed with HP and Compaq notebook and mini-notebook computers, the commission said in a statement on its website. They were included with computing products sold between September 2010 and June 2012.

Consumers with affected cords can contact HP at (877) 219-6676 or online at hp.com and select "Recalls" at the bottom of the page.

 

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