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Technology News VPNFilter Attack

At the end of May 2018, the FBI seized a server that was used to control an extensive network of malicious software which was able to infiltrate thousands of different kinds of devices.

A growing list of devices discovered to be vulnerable has been published. The list includes many common brand routers and even carrier class systems.  The software (called bots) are able to execute a variety of tasks including spying, "man in the middle" attacks and even destroy some devices by erasing the bootloader (also called bricking).

These bots run on the OS of the routers in the same way a program might right on your computer.  A big exception  Removal of the program requires simply rebooting the device.

 

 

Technology News New Ransomware Virus Spreading

A new threat has emerged that is being called "Bad Rabbit"

This is a variant of other viruses that disable a user's computer by encrypting all the files.

More information is available by googling "Bad Rabbit" but the main thing to keep in mind is that this virus poses as an Adobe Update.

Avoid clicking on any adobe updates in the mean time.

 

Technology News Heartbleed

As Heartbleed has been making waves in the news and through-out the Internet community, we'd like to inform our users that our servers are not, nor ever were vulnerable to the attack.

For more information on the exploit, visit http://heartbleed.com/

 

Technology News Farewell AltaVista

Before Google there were few search engines that stood above its peers. Alta Vista was one such.

In 1995 it was a forerunner in websearch technology. It was one of the first search engines to offer online translations through its Babelfish.

Since the rise of Google, the once mighty search engine has become nearly forgotten. With the advent of Google, many users were lured away and AltaVista declined. By 2001 Google overtook AltaVisa in number of searches.   Some believe its troubles started 1998 when AltaVista went through a long line of owners, each changing the product little.  In 2003 MSN was competing for the acquisition of AltaVista against Overture. Overture won its bid, but in turn was acquired by Yahoo! 

Now, Yahoo! has decided (again) to put an end to the Internet legend once and for all. It has announced that starting July 8, 2013, AltvaVista.com  will just recommend searchers to use Yahoo! instead.

 

 

 

 

Technology News Testing your Anti-Virus Program

Do you ever wonder if your Antivirus program is really running?

Have you wondered what your antivirus program does when it encounters a virus?

This test virus was developed by the European Institute for Computer Anti-Virus Research (EICAR) to provide a safe and easy way to test your anti-virus program. It is supported by most leading vendors, such as IBM, McAfee, Sophos, and Symantec/Norton.

Download eicar.com to test your anti-virus software
Also Download eicar.zip to see if your anti-virus software detects viruses that are compressed (like in those fake e-mails).
Download eicar2.zip to test your anti-virus program's ability to detect double-zipped viruses.

Remember, the EICAR test virus is not real a virus. It cannot do any harm to your system. ALSO, just because your virus program detects this file, does not mean your Anti-virus program is up to date. 

 

 

Technology News Service Bulletins

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Sometimes it is necessary to interrupt services so updates can be done. Every effort is made to perform these updates at off peak hours and to mitigate down time. Unfortunately, not everything can be done feasibly in the dark of night.

When service windows or emergency maintenance is planned, we send out notices 24 to 48 hours in advance, or as early as possible.  If you are not already on our notify list and would like to know about upcoming events that affect your services, please take a moment to submit a request form. More information can be found by clicking here.