Companies Spending More On Tech Services Due To Remote Work

The Coupa Business Spend Index (BSI) has been volatile over the past several months as the pandemic shredded business confidence and sent budgets into a downward spiral. Some business spending has barely been touched at all, and has even increased. It’s true that the nature of the spending has changed. Spending on travel has pretty well dried up. However, companies …

Major University In California Pays Large Ransom After Ransomware Attack

The University of San Francisco (UCSF) is the latest organization to fall victim to hackers, running afoul of a group utilizing the Netwalker ransomware strain. UCSF is a research university whose recent efforts have been focused on health sciences generally and COVID-19-related research specifically. On June 3rd, 2020, Netwalker published a notice on a site they use for data leaks. …

Microsoft Changing Their Physical Retail Stores And Flagship Locations

Eleven years ago, Microsoft embarked on a bold experiment to emulate Apple. They opened a number of brick and mortar retail stores. Unfortunately, their stores never caught on quite the same way that the Apple Store did, and the rise of the global pandemic only made matters worse for the tech giant. In light of these facts, on June 26, …

Internet Based Devices May Have Issues Following SSL Certificate Expiration

Recently, a number of Roku streaming channels mysteriously stopped working, leaving customers scratching their heads trying to figure out what went wrong. After some research, Roku’s support staff discovered that the issue stemmed from a global certificate expiration. They advised impacted customers to update their certificates manually by visiting the company’s website and following the instructions posted there. Since Roku’s …

Major Security Flaw Found In Some Cisco Routers

Recently, Cisco disclosed the existence of four serious security flaws in their routers that use iOS and iOS XE software. One of the four, CVE-2020-3227 is rated at a severity of 9.8 out of 10. It allows a remote attacker without credentials to execute commands to the operating software without proper authorization, which in turn, allows a hacker to take …

Ransomware Targets Company Working On A COVID-19 Vaccine

It’s common knowledge that hackers are highly opportunistic and certainly not above targeting children, the sick and the dying if there’s money to be made. Even so, attacking a drug company currently doing research to find a vaccine for COVID-19 has to be counted as a new low, even for hackers. Sadly, that exact scenario has happened. Recently, Hammersmith Medicines …

Google Data Shows Impacts Of Covid-19 Shelter In Place Precaution

Google is using the massive footprint in the smartphone ecosystem to help people understand the impacts that social distancing is having in the face of the global pandemic. Their new global Community Mobility Reports are both revealing and eye-opening. The graph was created from the first reports, which covers 131 countries and regions around the world. The information was taken …

Mobile Flash Storage Getting Faster To Accommodate 5G Rollout

Are you ready for the world of 5G? Even if you are, the available storage you have on your favorite devices may not be as robust as you’d like it to be. Anticipating this problem, Western Digital has announced a new bit of technology that will be available on the next generation of devices. The new technology is a new …

Some Smart Light Bulbs Are Vulnerable To Hackers

Hackers will take any and every opportunity presented to them, even if it means hacking smart light bulbs. Recently, security researchers at Check Point discovered a bug in the Philips Hue smart bulb that makes it vulnerable. The bug is being tracked as CVE-2020-6007 and scores an impressive 7.9 out of 10, making it the most serious security flaw in …

Windows 7 End of Life

Windows 7 Support Officially Ends Today

Windows 7 End of Life has arrived. Microsoft is ending support for this aging operating system on January 14, 2020. This means a decade after introducing Windows 7, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or patches unless you purchase Extended Security Updates from Microsoft. Tech support from Microsoft for any Windows 7 issues also ends today. We strongly recommend …