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Ransomware Devastating to SMBs

August 2, 2017 | IT Business Edge, Carl Weinschenk

Last week, Malwarebystes released the Second Annual State of Ransomeware Report, which was conducted on its behalf by Osterman Research. The study looked at 1,054 companies with 1,000 or fewer employees in North America, France, the UK, Germany, Australia, and Singapore.

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Slash Gear

SMB v1 vulnerability won’t be fixed, here’s how to disable it

August 1, 2017 | Slash Gear, JC Torres

Most of the time, when software vendors receive a report of a vulnerability, especially a serious one, they usually move swiftly in order to plug up the hole. There are time, however, when a vendor might decide that the cost of patching up the vulnerability and distributing that fix is far more trouble than it is worth.

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ON MSFT

Microsoft won’t patch 20 yr old SMBv1 vulnerability (you should just turn the service off)

July 31, 2017 | On MSFT, Laurent Giret

Following the recent WannaCry and Petya ransomware attacks, Microsoft recommended all Windows 10 users to remove the unused but vulnerable SMBv1 file sharing protocol from their PCs. This is because both variants of the ransomware actually used the same SMBv1 exploit to replicate through network systems, even though it seems that Petya mostly affected Windows PCs in Ukraine.

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Threat Post

Windows SMB zero day to be disclosed during DEF CON

July 26, 2017 | ThreatPost, MICHAEL MIMOSO

A 20-year-old Windows SMB vulnerability is expected to be disclosed Saturday during a talk at DEF CON. Microsoft has said it will not patch the vulnerability, which allows an attacker to remotely crash a Windows server with relative ease using only 20 lines of Python code and a Raspberry Pi.

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CNBC

Oil and gas down, but Facebook brings boom to New Mexico: Gov. Martinez

July 13, 2017 | CNBC

The fight to diversify New Mexico’s economy is critical to the future of our state. We continue to work to overcome the effects of strong economic headwinds, such as federal budget cuts, the national recession and slumping oil and gas revenue. In the face of these challenges, private-sector job growth is on the rise in our state and we’re working to build a sturdier foundation that will make us stronger when the economic storms of the future come our way.

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Gulf News

This is a nuclear bomb compared to WannaCry

June 28, 2017 | Gulf News, Nicole Perlroth

There have been times over the past two months when Golan Ben-Oni has felt like a voice in the wilderness. On April 29, someone hit his employer, IDT Corp, with two cyberweapons that had been stolen from the National Security Agency. Ben-Oni, the global chief information officer at IDT, was able to fend them off, but the attack left him distraught.

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Threat Post

Complex Petya-like ransomware outbreak worse than WannaCry

June 27, 2017 | ThreatPost, Michael Mimoso

The attackers behind today’s global ransomware outbreak are spreading the malware using a modified version of the leaked NSA EternalBlue exploit and two Windows utilities to move laterally on local networks, adding layers of complexity to this attack to where it could dwarf WannaCry in short order.

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ZDNet

Microsoft says ‘no known ransomware’ runs on Windows 10 S – so we tried to hack it

June 23, 2017 | ZDNet, Zack Whittaker

Microsoft claims “no known ransomware” runs on Windows 10 S, its newest, security-focused operating system. The software giant announced the version of Windows earlier this year as the flagship student-focused operating system to ship with its newest Surface Laptop. Microsoft touted the operating system as being less susceptible to ransomware because of its locked-down configuration — to the point where you can’t run any apps outside the protective walled garden of its app store.

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New York Times

A cyberattack ‘the world isn’t ready for’

June 22, 2017 | The New York Times, Nicole Perlroth

NEWARK – There have been times over the last two months when Golan Ben-Oni has felt like a voice in the wilderness. On April 29, someone hit his employer, IDT Corporation, with two cyberweapons that had been stolen from the National Security Agency. Mr. Ben-Oni, the global chief information officer at IDT, was able to fend them off, but the attack left him distraught.

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Alburquerque Business First

Meet the winners of 2017 Innovation New Mexico

June 20, 2017 | Albuquerque Business First, May Ortega

If you were at our World’s Fair-styled event at Civic Plaza on Tuesday evening, then the sights, smells and suprises of Albuquerque Business First’s second Innovation New Mexico awards are likely fresh in your mind. In case you didn’t make it – or are wondering who took home the “People’s Choice Award” – we have everything you need to know.

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Homeland Security Today

Exclusive: WannaCry exposes inadequate patching pandemic

June 19, 2017 | Homeland Security Today, Sean Dillon (Senior Security Analyst, RiskSense, Inc.)

On May 12, the WannaCry worm unleashed the fastest-spreading ransomware attack in computing history, encrypting files on millions of computers around the world in a matter of hours and demanding payment to unlock them. The scope of the outbreak revealed the vast inadequacies of corporate and government security practices for addressing security vulnerabilities.

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107+ cybersecurity companies in healthcare | 2017

June 15, 2017 | Becker's Health IT & CIO Review, Laura Dyrda

Healthcare organizations across the globe are more susceptible than ever to hacks and data breaches, which can cost a hospital or health system millions to fix and damage their reputation. As a result, hospitals are investing more in cybersecurity and risk management services. Organizations face internal threats from email scams, cloud sharing and lost mobile devices, as well as external threats such as hackers.

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