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Ransomware hits local Indiana Hospital

Hancock Regional Hospital coughs up huge ransom to hackers

  • 17 January 2018
  • Author: TMcShane
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Hancock Regional Hospital coughs up huge ransom to hackers

Yesterday, it was reported that a ransomware infection infiltrated the systems of Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield, IN. The strain, known as SamSam, entered the hospital’s network via an infected vendor and then encrypted the files on it, making them completely inaccessible for hospital staff. In response, and for multiple different reasons and factors, leadership at the hospital made the ultimate decision to pay the ransom, and luckily their files were returned…

Security Flaw in Intel Chips

Any device - PC, Mac, tablet, server – with Intel chips at risk

  • 10 January 2018
  • Author: SIM2K
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In our January 2018 issue of SIMformation we look at a serious security flaw found in Intel chips that can affect any type of device – Windows or Mac, PC, tablet or server –with an Intel chip. Two vulnerabilities, Meltdown and Spectre, pose the possibility of a hacker obtaining data, such as passwords, saved in web browsers.  We issued a preliminary alert on this on our Facebook page earlier this week when first disclosed, and here is more complete information.  We are working on installing the updates from the various vendors as they are released.


We also introduce the new Zip 47G phone from Zultys, our VOIP unified communications partner.  This new desktop phone has a hi-resolution, 4.3" display and supports wired and wireless headsets.  It will work on any Zultys system, premise, Cloud or server-based running MX 12 release and later.  


We present some basic information on Blockchain as this digital currency has been in the news recently, so here is the scoop on this.  We also cover the rumors that Google is looking to dump Android and Chrome in favor of one unified platform operating system, dubbed "Fuchsia."  Finally we have statistics on using E-mail for file sharing and why this presents a security risk, as e-mail is not a secure medium for transmitting data.

Newly Discovered Computer Chip Flaws Put Nearly ALL Modern Computers at Risk

Want to learn how you can protect yourself?

  • 4 January 2018
  • Author: TMcShane
  • Number of views: 2488

"Meltdown" and "Spectre"

Multiple research teams at academic and cybersecurity organizations (and even Google) have uncovered 2 flaws relating to computer chips that affect nearly every modern computer. The flaws have been dubbed "Meltdown" and "Spectre", and both create vulnerabilities that hackers can take advantage of. Microsoft, Apple and Linux are all issuing updates, though it is unclear when these will be available. Google has released a statement that Android users with the most recent security updates are protected. All SIM2K Cylance subscribers are protected from Meltdown and Spectre.


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