July/August 2017 Newsletter In this July/August 2017 newsletter we cover current SPAM threats, how to request support from DNS Texas, backing up data and useful end-of-life dates for Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office products.
Posted by DNS Texas Support on June 27, 2017 in DNS Texas Communications, Security Alerts | Comments
On Tuesday 6/27/2017 another massive ransomware attack hit the world. This one is known as ‘Petya’ appears to have originated from a highly sophisticated Russian strain of the WannaCry strand that hit back in May 2017. The ransomware, if launched, will encrypt all files on the user’s computer, making them unusable. The ‘worm’ also transmits via networked computers to other computers and servers in the organization to spread itself. The creator demands about $300 worth of Bitcoin to provide the decryption keys (per machine) if infected. It is hit and miss as to whether or not you actually get the decrypter though, as for some time now only about 50-60% actually get their data back even after paying ransoms. The FBI recommends no one ever pay the ransoms as this just keeps this dark business going and encourages further development.
URGENT Malware/Ransomware Newsletter – May 2017 As you may have heard, a new threat has emerged on the internet known as WannaCry (AKA Wcry and WannaCryptor), although the exploit is not new as far as what it does, this latest ransomware threat has already crippled companies overseas and has started to show up in the U.S. including FedEx. The threat comes in the form of a malicious email, that may have a fake invoice (PDF or Word Document) or something similar attached that sounds important (to make you want to open it). The exploit can launch once the attachment is opened. Some have also reported that simply previewing the email can launch the hidden script in the background to launch the ransomware process (but this is unverified).
DNS Texas : E-mail Server Upgrade Starting 04 March 2017, DNS Texas will begin a mass migration to our new e-mail server farm. You will receive an e-mail from us, if you are a part of this migration. Here’s what you need to know:
Internet Explorer Missing 'Continue To This Website' Option Using Internet Explorer 10 or 11 and visiting a website with a weak or untrusted SSL certificate, such as those typically found on some home routers, legacy RAID management cards, etc. You may find that you receive the error "There is a problem with this website's security certificate". In versions past, you could simply click 'Continue to this website (not recommended).' and go about your business... However, in later versions of IE, you may find this option is no longer present... No problem, just use Firefox, right? Wrong... Firefox also throws an error "Connection reset by server"...
Posted by DNS Texas Support on February 23, 2017 in Knowledgebase, TechSupport, Windows Workstation O/S | Comments
Make Windows 10 Stop Asking For A Password When Resuming From Sleep Windows 10 handles resume from sleep a bit differently than former versions of Windows. For example, our Windows 7 power policies that are deployed via group policy to the domain mostly work, but not fully. The biggest issue we've run in to is on machines that require NO password on resume/wake - like a time clock station, for example.
Prove Your Humanity Login Feature In Wordpress Over the past few months, many Wordpress users may have noticed a math question appearing on the login screen. Along with the username/password boxes, an additional selection box "Prove Your Humanity" has appeared. We initially thought this was a part of a plug in we had installed for captcha security. We disabled the functionality within the plugin for the login screen and finally removed the plug in totally, only to find this math question was still present.Image : Prove Your Humanity Prompt With Jetpack/Protect Module Enabled.
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Posted by DNS Texas Support on November 19, 2016 in Knowledgebase, TechSupport, Windows Workstation O/S | Comments
Cannot Run .EXE Files After Malware Cleanup ISSUE After virus/malware/spyware infection, all programs (.exe) fail to launch, claiming to be infected with a virus. This can occur before or after a malware infection.