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Increased Number of Emotet Command and Control IP Addresses Identified

Tweet Today’s security alert Upon receiving the FBI’s latest alert, I thought I’d pass it along. Increased Number of Emotet Command and Control IP Addresses Identified Summary In early June 2019, Emotet, an advanced modular banking Trojan, attempted to communicate with 214 command and control (C2) IPaddresses for initial instructions, indicating cyber actors recently made Continue Reading

Why We Moved Away From Network Solutions

TweetA long time ago and far far away… At the dawn of the Internet there was InterNic The godfather of domain name registration When I first began coding websites in 1995, InterNic was the only domain name registrar on the planet.  They were competent.  You could reach someone who knew their job and they were Continue Reading

Windoze Ten Update From Hell – Redux

TweetTales From The Trenches March 16, 2019 Windoze Update Does It Again The latest Windoze 10 update (version 1809) has been wreaking havoc all week. I’ve had 3 machines in as many days that went casters up after the latest update. No Boot Scenarios. Different for each machine but clearly the result of an update. Continue Reading

Animoto Data Breach Alert

Tweet Dark Web Data Exposure Alert   If anyone here is using – or has been using an Animoto product (video editing tools) you need to check what password you are using for that account.   If it is the same as ANY OTHER ACCOUNTS you have… CHANGE THEM ALL TODAY!   There has been Continue Reading

If You Thought You Were Safe – Odds Are You’re Not

TweetI subscribe to a service that lets me know when my personal info is compromised. And I have some bad news for you. If you thought you were safe – odds are you’re not. The latest data breach was epic. The data compromised could trigger an identity theft problem for you and everyone else you Continue Reading

Windows Server DDOS IP Addresses

TweetJust as a PSA I am publishing a more or less complete list of IP addresses I found attempting a Terminal Services access to one of my client’s servers. This is a remotely hosted Windows 2008 R2 server It was being slammed by remote access failed logins (one day I documented 40,000 failed logins in Continue Reading

New Smishing and Phishing Scams on the Rise

TweetThere’s a new scam every fifteen seconds Or at least that’s the way it seems. I have recently become far more proactive about blacklisting IP addresses that overload my inbox with scams.  You know the ones: From: <your email address> Subject:  Security Notice.  Someone have access to your system Body: Hi! As you may have Continue Reading

Your Network Should NOT Look Like a Rat’s Nest

Tweet Network Installations Should be CLEAN – and NEAT I’ve been doing large scale wiring projects for almost 50 years. My first introduction to precision wiring was in my first year college Electronics Fabrication classes. Our instructor was a stickler for precision. If your project didn’t look like the inside of a Tektronix Oscilloscope it Continue Reading

The Tax Evasion Email Scam

TweetToday’s scam comes in the form of a threat to rat you out to the authorities for tax evasion. The perpetrator wants a bitcoin for not ratting you out to the “state’s department of taxation and finance”.  Actually they want 1.4573 Bitcoins.  In today’s market that’s $5,858.00. As with every other current phishing scam, it’s Continue Reading