Windows XP End of Support is April 8th, 2014

February 27, 2014

This is a repost from our December Newsletter. April 8, 2014 is the end of what Microsoft refers to as “Extended Support” for the thirteen year old XP operating system as well as Office 2003 and Windows Exchange Server 2003. After April 8th, Microsoft "Patch Tuesdays" will no longer include fixes for XP.  Industry experts expect large amounts of malware & viruses to be unleashed against anyone still running XP computers.... Read More

80% of ATMs run XP

February 27, 2014

There have been a lot of stories in the news lately about end of Windows XP support affecting Automatic Teller Machines, the majority of which run XP.  What many of the articles fail to mention is that most of those machines run Windows XP Embedded version which is much more restrictive and will be getting security updates from Microsoft through 2016.... Read More

Apple "GoToFail" Bug

February 27, 2014

Apple has released updates for both iOS and OSX which fix the "GoToFail" security hole which potentially allowed for man in the middle attacks.  While Apple devices would display the lock icon for a secure connection, the actual SSL verification was not taking place.  There are no reports of anyone exploting the security hole but there are questions about how it got through testing and quality control on both iOS and OSX.  The timing of the patching is also problemati... Read More

Netflix to Pay Comcast for Faster Streaming

February 27, 2014

Netflix, which now accounts for over 30% of all broadband traffic, has been getting a lot of complaints about poor streaming performance in recent months.  Suspicion had been that the internet service providers might be throttling streaming media or prioritizing other traffic.   Netflix had even been chiding Comcast for poor performance to subscribers on the Netflix Performance Blog.  Netflix has now announced that is paying an undisclosed amount (in million... Read More

EU Threatens to Suspend 'Safe Harbour'.

February 27, 2014

Safe Harbour is the bilateral agreement which allows the US access to personal data from the EU despite having much weaker privacy laws.  Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner, said that the EU-US "safe harbour" agreement would be suspended if the US fails to take "legislative action before the summer". The Commissioner said that repairing Safe Harbour is the first step necessary if trust is to be rebuilt in "EU-US data flows" following revelatio... Read More

Target & Neiman Marcus Hacks

February 27, 2014

Follow up on the December announcement by Target that account information for 40 million credit and debit cards had been stolen in a sophisticated attack on the point of sale systems.  The retailer admitted in January that up to 110 million customers were affected   The Neiman Marcus attack now appears to be unrelated to the hack on Target.  Originally estimated at 1.1 million cards, it now appears that fewer than 350,000 cards were exposed.  The retailer reports t... Read More