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EFAIL Email Encryption Vulnerability

EFAIL: Keep Calm and Don’t Disable Your Email Encryption

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A vulnerability called EFAIL is being widely reported on after new research on the existing, but little-known vulnerability became available. In technical terms, EFAIL can allow a hacker to expose the plain text of some encrypted emails sent using the encryption technologies OpenPGP and S/MIME. In layman’s terms, if an attacker were to exploit this vulnerability, they could read emails that were encrypted (and therefore thought to be “safe.”) As is often the case when security issues are discussed in the media, reactions range anywhere between “So what?” to “We’re all gonna die!” Our job as security experts is to provide balance and help you separate sound guidance from hype.

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Digital Forensics

Digital Forensics: A Brief Overview

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If cybersecurity is the proactive aspect of protecting electronic data, digital forensics is the reactive aspect. They are two sides of the same coin: one aims to build the wall, the other is dedicated to figuring out where and how the wall broke. They share a push-and-pull relationship and are permanently intertwined.

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Online Privacy: YOU Are The Product

Online Privacy: YOU Are The Product

 |   |  Security, Technology

A lot of people do not take “privacy” seriously enough. There is a general failure to comprehend that by clicking through an online agreement or EULA’s (End-User License Agreements) without reading or understanding, you have in fact agreed by proxy to have your data collected and mined. Surprised? Some may be shocked by what is being done with their personal data, but others, many who should know better, seem to be carefree with what they share online.

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O365 Phishing Emails Have Arrived

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We’re constantly on the lookout for the latest email and phishing scams, and there’s one we have seen going around revolving around Microsoft O365. Malicious emails are a numbers game – and the more people you can send them to, the more people you’re likely to get to click on the bad link.

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Cryptocurrency

Bitcoin: Why Should I Care?

 |   |  Security, Technology

You’ve probably seen a lot of words beginning with “crypto” in the news lately, and chances are you’ve heard of bitcoin – no matter where you work or what you do. Whether it was an ad on a website, or an article in a financial publication, cryptocurrencies have been getting a lot of press lately. We asked one of our security experts what you need to know about these currencies if you’re not familiar with them. 

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Why Are Attackers Targeting O365? It’s Where the “Money” Is.

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We are seeing a huge spike in phishing attacks against Office 365 users. Why O365? Simple, it’s where the users are now. In 2017, Microsoft reported that their monthly active user count surpassed 100 million users. In the words of Maverick (from Top Gun), “that’s what I call a target rich environment.”

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UPDATE: HP Laptop Recall: Are You Affected?

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As of January 2018, HP has announced that a recall for certain laptop batteries, which we initially reported on in a post from February 2017, now extends to models sold as recently as December 2017. The batteries in question have the potential to overheat, which can create a fire and burn hazard.

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Meltdown & Spectre: Part 3

Meltdown & Spectre: Part Three

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At ADNET, we have been using our own environment as a test prior to rolling it out to clients. So far, we can happily report that there don’t appear to be any major performance impacts caused by the patches. However, we have been cautious in our approach and believe that testing is key with patching systems and installing the updates.

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Meet(ing) Expectations

 |   |  Business & Strategy

“Put something in the calendar.” It’s a phrase we all hear, probably more often than we should. Meetings are important and I’ll never wish for a day when the option of sitting down, face to face with someone doesn’t even cross my mind. But recently, something about meetings has changed.

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