New Russian based malware on the loose!

According to ZDNet.com, the FBI and NSA have jointly stated that there’s a new Linux based Malware being aimed at other countries, namely ones in the West like the United States.

A brief description of the malware in question:

“Drovorub is a ‘swiss-army knife’ of capabilities that allows the attacker to perform many different functions, such as stealing files and remote controlling the victim’s computer”

As far as protection from Drovorub is concerned, U.S. private and public companies are being warned to take this threat seriously and implement any possible measures that will protect them from this cyber threat as soon as possible.

Check out the full article here for more details.

SANS Institute breach

 

A sign of the times indeed!

A well known U.S. company that focuses on information security and cybersecurity training experienced a security breach at the hands of one of their own employees.  Long story short, the user installed a malicious Office 365 add-in which triggered the mass forwarding of many emails spread out over 28,000 accounts.  Yikes!

SANS released a statement about the breach here.  Check it out for further details.

A Windows 7 End of Service PSA courtesy of the FBI

In one of the most obvious assessments of the year, the FBI has warned stakeholders that one of the biggest threats today is the continued unsupported use of Windows 7 in many firms across the U.S.

Obviously, the current pandemic has turned the world upside down but that shouldn’t stop anyone from doing one of two things: upgrade to Windows 10 or purchase extended support licenses.  Just freaking do it! HAHA!

Aftermath of the “Epic” Twitter Hack

As a result of the Twitter hack that compromised the accounts of many high profile individuals, charges have been brought against the three individuals for their roles in the scam.

I cam across a post joking about how this appears to be the work of a North Korean but come to find out, two of the three are homegrown in the U.S. with the other residing in the U.K.

KrebsOnSecurity.com continues to follow the story and has the full update here.

Issues with MS Edge crashing

 

So I personally dealt with this issue for at least two weeks and didn’t have the slightest clue as to what could be causing Edge to crash randomly.  I checked everything I possibly could: checked the version number, uninstalled and reinstalled, tried different websites, even tried using in safe mode with networking!

And then I come across this post from Brad Sams…

If you have Google set as the default engine and try to type in the search bar, the browser may crash. The problem is related to “Search Suggestions” and when that API is called, the browser crashing instantly.

I am seeing it on my dev and release channel builds of the browser. If you have been experiencing this issue, you can navigate to edge://settings/search and turn off the feature as a workaround.

And low and behold…I always set Google as my default search engine no matter what browser I use so umm yeah…I guess I should be happy the problem was identified and fixed.

AIO Antivirus Removal Tool

One of my favorite freeware sites, OlderGeeks.com, has come across another great utility which can remove any brand of antivirus software that could possibly be installed on any PC.

Gone are the days of scouring the web or said antivirus company’s websites looking for a particular removal tool when you can just grab this all in one beauty here, save time, and get the job done effectively.  Just don’t forget to install the new A/V software that’s replacing the old one!

The “Epic” Twitter Hack

The hacking of Twitter accounts belonging to prominent members of society has all of us asking: How in the world did something like this happen?  At surface level, you would think that it was an individual who acted upon this but come to find out, it involved an entire team of users to accomplish what happened.

Brian Krebs does an excellent job of summarizing exactly what happened and the objective that were behind it.  Check out the full scoop here at KrebsonSecurity.com and let me know what you think!

Nvidia > Intel

If someone were to tell me ten years ago that in 2020, Nvidia would be worth more than Intel in terms of market capitalization value I would have thought you were crazy.

We’ll today, that exact thing just happened…

According to Marketwatch via PCGamer.com, Nvidia has a net worth of $251 billion dollars with Intel checking in at around $248 billion.

My how the tables have turned!

Should Microsoft make their own CPUs?

In light of Apple’s decision to move away from Intel processors, many in the industry have been asking: should Microsoft also follow suit in manufacturing their own as well?  While they have a past history in doing just that (see the short-lived Surface RT), Brien Posey at Redmondmag.com makes the case that they should not and continue building their relationship with Intel and other chip makers.

See his article here for the full story and feel free to chime in on whether this would be a good thing for Microsoft to do.  Enjoy!

R.I.P. Microsoft Retail Stores

After 11 years in existence, Microsoft has decided to close all of its retail stores.  Modeled in a very similar fashion to the wildly successful retail stores of its rival and counterpart Apple, I felt that it was a decent way to showcase all of what Microsoft brings to the table as it relates to personal computing and gaming.  Unfortunately for them, they never generated the type of excitement among consumers that they had hoped for.

Interesting enough, they ended up serving as a great benefit to those needing immediate hardware servicing of their devices along with fulfilling some SMB requests.

Askwoody.com has a great post going into great detail about how Microsoft’s stores may have had grand visions upon its inception and opening but evolved into a niche player in serving their customers specialized needs.  Check out the full story here and let me know what you think!