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Time to Patch Your Device

A new vulnerability affects most Wi-Fi enabled devices

  • 26 October 2017
  • Author: TMcShane
  • Number of views: 2028

Fatal WPA2 protocol flaw puts most Wi-Fi enabled devices at risk

                By now, you may have heard of the most recent high-profile security vulnerability to surface in the last couple weeks. You may even know the name attached to it – “KRACK attacks”. This vulnerability mainly exists within WPA2, which is a level of security certification developed by the Wi-FI Alliance, and is the standard protocol for many public and private access points. The vulnerability allows an attacker to intercept, decrypt, manipulate and hijack a victim’s wireless traffic, and doesn’t even need to connect to the network itself. Microsoft, Linux, Cisco, Apple and others have all released or announced patches.

KRACK Attack breaks Wi-Fi Security

National Cybersecurity Month

  • 24 October 2017
  • Author: SIM2K
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In our October SIMformation we start with breaking news of a vulnerability in the WPA Wi-Fi security protocol.  The "KRACK Attack" is a potential chink in protected Wi-Fi traffic, so this is an important update with steps to take for your PCs and router firmware.  We also look at "Simming" – creating a synthetic identity from various "real" elements like names, addresses and social security numbers.  This is why the Equifax data breach last month is a concern, as it gives the bad guys the way to construct a new identity – but if they happen to pick your SSN or name, your credit profile is at risk.  And, since this was Cybersecurity Month, we follow up on the WannaCry ransomware attack this past summer, and what IT experts believe was behind this attack.  We discuss how Windows 10 users can pick a different Internet browser as their default rather than using Edge, and also how Microsoft plans to release Office 2019 for those companies that do not wish to subscribe to Office 365.  Finally, in an "oops" moment, a major accounting firm that markets cyber risk protection, found their Cloud-based e-mail system was hacked, exposing financial information and tax returns for clients.

Yahoo Raises Number of Those Affected by 2013 Breach to 3 Billion

Richard Smith, formerly of Equifax, tells us what happened

  • 5 October 2017
  • Author: TMcShane
  • Number of views: 1619

Yahoo breach from 2013 affected 3 billion accounts

                This week, former Equifax CEO Richard Smith testified in front of government officials, including the Senate Banking Committee. The discussions worked to unpack exactly how hackers gained access to the sensitive files of a company worth $13 billion, and at the conclusion, many representatives were still scratching their heads. To add to the turmoil, Yahoo revealed this week that a data breach from 2013 affected more accounts than they originally thought-- all of them. That’s right. The hack was originally thought to have compromised about 1 billion accounts, but this week that total is revealed to be closer to 3 billion. This news marks the biggest case of data theft in history. 


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