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Category Archives: Vulnerabilities

Information on the latest software vulnerabilities.

‘Microsoft tech support’ scam captured on video

For those of us working in the IT industry, we get used to removing viruses and malware from plenty of machines on a regular basis. Malware is a huge problem that seems to only be getting worse. Part of the problem is a lack of…

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Microsoft Report: Most Common Malware on Operating Systems

It’s a commonly held opinion among IT professionals that the reason Windows is so prone to virus and malware attacks is due to its popularity. Windows powers approximately 87% of the world’s computers. While this is true, Windows’ vulnerabilities can be attributed to more than…

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Ransomware Attacks Appear To Be Getting Worse!

For those of you not familiar with exactly what Ransomware is/does, here’s the current Wikipedia definition: “Ransomware comprises a class of malware which restricts access to the computer system that it infects, and demands a ransom paid to the creator of the malware in order…

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Can You Tell The Difference Between Real vs. Rogue Security Software?

Rogue security software, also known as fake antivirus software or “scareware”, has been one of the most popular methods used by online criminals in recent years to fool computer users into installing malware and/or divulge confidential information.  Rogue AV software typically mimics the general look…

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Internet Explorer 8 Zero-Day Vulnerability

***ATTENTION: If you are a current New River Computing client covered under our RMM Service Plan, you need not worry about this vulnerability. We have automatically deployed the fix to your computers.*** Recently, there has been an Internet Explorer (zero-day) remote code execution vulnerability found…

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Nationwide Insurance Breach Puts Over 1 Million Customers Risk

Over 1 million customers are at risk of identity theft after online-criminals broke into servers belonging to Nationwide and Allied insurance companies. Victims include current policyholders and those who sought insurance quotes.

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ZeroAccess Botnet

ZeroAccess is a very large botnet, infecting millions of computers globally. According to researchers at Sophos Labs, ZeroAccess has been installed on computers over nine million times with the current number of infected PC’s topping out at over 1 million. That is a staggering number….

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IE Zero-Day Fixit Tool Available

Yesterday, Microsoft announced that it would be issuing an out-of-band patch on Friday, in response to the latest zero-day Internet Explorer vulnerability discovered this past weekend.

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New IE Zero-Day Vulnerability Discovered

Security researcher Eric Romang has discovered a new zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer, which he claims will affect fully patched versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, 8 and 9.

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