Dyre Wolf Banking Malware Poses Threat To Your Bank Balance

Modern cyber criminals are using more sophisticated blended attacks to achieve some pretty spectacular monetary hauls.  The Dyre Wolf malware exploits is currently be combined with a spear-phishing approach, a telephone based social engineering middle, and a distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack on the back end to access corporate bank accounts and wire transfer large sums of money.  Originally uncovered by IBM’s security team in 2014, this exploit had netted on cyber-crime group over $1 million dollars.  The IBM ...

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Ransomware Kidnapped Your Files – Should You Pay The Ransom?

CryptoLocker and CryptoWall are largely defunct now, but there are new strains of encryption malware at large on the Internet.  If you fall victim to any of the new ransomware exploits such as Teslacrypt or Ophionlocker, there is bad news, and there is OK news, and there may be good news.

The bad news is that once the encryption malware has finished encrypting all of your personal files in the Documents, Pictures, Music, and Video folders and other stuff in your User ...

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Free And Easy Upgrade to Windows 10

Windows10Microsoft is putting the finishing touches on its latest operating system, Windows 10.  We already have published in a previous article that this new OS will be a free upgrade from Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or Windows 8.1.  If you are keeping your computers current via Windows Update, your upgrade will be available from there.  It will also be possible to download an ISO image to bring to a ...

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Is Your Computer Part Of A Botnet?

computer-zombieA “bot-net” is a robot network comprised of hundreds, thousands, or even millions of “zombie hosts,” as computers that are infected with bot malware are called.  Botnets are created by a type of professional cyber-criminal known as a “bot-herder,” and generally rented out to other criminals for sending millions of spam messages daily, running huge parallel processing tasks such as password cracking operation, or used by extortionists, hacktivists, and government sponsored ...

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Smartphone Kill Switches Are Here

kill-switch-170Minnesota’s new smartphone “kill switch” law takes effect on July 1, 2015.  It requires that all smartphones sold in Minnesota come with a preinstalled kill switch or a free app which provides the same function.  A similar law in California takes effect on the same date, but requires all phones come with the app preinstalled.  Federal legislation has been proposed, but so far ...

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D-Link Wireless Routers Need Security Update

D-LinkAre you using a D-Link wireless router in your home or business, D-Link has released a firmware upgrade for several popular router models to fix a security vulnerability that would allow remote access and DNS spoofing.  By changing the DNS settings on a router, an attacker can forward your traffic to a proxy server where your communications could be monitored for useful content, as well as redirecting your to malware-laden websites, ...

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Backup Your Stuff!

Tuesday Mar 31 was World Backup Day.  Wednesday April 1 was April Fool’s Day.  Any chance there is a connection?

Time to get of the dime and set up your computer to backup your important data, files, pictures, business records, Quickbooks data, etc.  All it takes a failed hard drive, theft, fire, tornado, or other natural or man-made disaster and all your important digital assets are gone.  Our favorite solution is Carbonite.

Go one – you can do it!

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Will Self-Aware Computers Keep Humans as Pets?

“Never trust a computer you can’t throw out a window.” – Steve Wozniak, co-creator of the Apple computer

I just started reading a book from 1999, written by Ray Kurweil called The Age of Spiritual Machines.  This book explores the consequences of our technological changes as they relate to AI or Artificial Intelligence, sometimes called “the Singularity,” and the future of the human race in the age of self-aware machines.  We have all see the “Terminator” movie series, with its ...

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Sunday Funnies: The Rules – Roadrunner Version

roadrunner-primaryThanks to Joe Soucheray and his radio show’ “Garage Logic” I learned that animator Chuck Jones of Looney Tunes fame had rules for this staff to follow when creating the story arc for a Road Runner cartoon.  Back in the day, when there were only 3 broadcast networks, a public broadcast network, and maybe an independent local channel, (that’s right kiddies ...

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