Category Archives: News

Petya Ransomware Attack 6/27/2017

There is a nasty ransomware virus that exploits vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows and Office that is spreading rapidly worldwide.  Once one computer on a LAN/WLAN is infected the virus can spread to other computers over the ethernet or WiFi. What you can do:  apply all of the latest Microsoft updates now. More information:  WordFence Blog … Read More »

Worldwide ransomware attack 5/12/2017

On May 12, 2017, hackers exploiting a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows have attacked a large number of PCs worldwide, including hospitals in the UK and elsewhere and have infected vulnerable PCs with “ransomware” demanding payment in order to unlock the infected computer.  The malware propagates by tricking email recipients into clicking on infected attachments.  Once… Read More »

ISIL Defacements Exploiting WordPress Vulnerablities – update now

The FBI has warned that ISIL is exploiting vulnerabilities in WordPress sites running out-of-date versions of WordPress or old versions of certain plugins or themes to deface the sites. The FBI’s statement:  http://www.ic3.gov/media/2015/150407-1.aspx Sucuri’s writeup with mention of specific plugins to check:  http://blog.sucuri.net/2015/04/fbi-public-service-annoucement-defacements-exploiting-wordpress-vulnerabilities.html The current version of WordPress (as of 4/8/2015) is 4.1.1.  If you… Read More »

eBay passwords compromised

According to Ars Technica, encrypted eBay passwords and other information have been stolen by cyberattackers.  If you have an eBay account, change your password ASAP.  If your eBay password is one you’ve used on other services, including your accounts with HIS, change those passwords too, and don’t use the same password on more than one… Read More »

mail.his.com mailbox quotas increased

his.com and hers.com mailboxes on mail.his.com have been increased in size to 5 gigabytes.  You can add disk storage if you need it for $1/gb/month. You can check your storage status by logging on to https://webmail.his.com and hovering your mouse over the bar under your name at the top of the screen. Tip:  if you… Read More »

ALERT: major brute-force password-guessing attack on WordPress sites underway

There’s a significant attack by a botnet on WordPress sites, where the bots are trying to guess the passwords of common admin logins.  More info:  http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/04/huge-attack-on-wordpress-sites-could-spawn-never-before-seen-super-botnet/ If you are using WordPress and are using a common username or a common password, change it immediately to something less obvious. Update your WordPress admin password when in… Read More »