Monthly Archives: November 2014

Millions hit by computer virus

TIM UTTON, Daily Mail

The internet was under attack last night by the fastest-growing computer virus in history.   Worldwide systems were buckling after the 'Sobig.F' spread to 134 countries in just 96 hours, generating tens of millions of e-mails.   Experts fear it could increase the volume of electronic traffic by a staggering 60per cent, slowing the internet to a crawl.   It is believed to have cost British businesses alone hundreds of millions in lost orders and system crashes. The global cost will be immense.   Individual companies have been bombarded with millions of copies of the virus, while home users have seen their machines "jammed" by up to 6,000.   The PC World chain said tens of thousands of customers had brought in computers to be "cleaned" by technicians.   Experts say Sobig appears to have been written by senders of "spam" - unwanted junk...

Microsoft Updates for November 2014

TechTarget has leased an article outlining the Windows updates along with the benefits of installing them. We strongly recommend installing them as soon as possible. Microsoft's monthly Patch Tuesday releases had been unremarkable for most of 2014. A busy October iteration saw activity pick up though as four zero-day vulnerabilities were addressed, and now the November Patch Tuesday batch has delivered the heftiest patch haul of the year, with four critical fixes and 14 total bulletins. The most pressing bulletin in this month's release, MS14-064, features a fix for CVE-2014-6352, which describes a vulnerability in the Windows Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) packager that Microsoft said has been used in limited attacks. If exploited, the flaw can be utilized by attackers to take complete control of a system remotely. Amol...

Microsoft ends retail sales of Windows 8

As reported on ZDNET.com Microsoft has reached the point where they are preparing to end sales of Windows 8. While computers will continue to be sold and supported with Windows 8 Microsoft will begin the process of showcasing the next operating system. Below is the link and entire article from Steve Ranger. http://www.zdnet.com/going-so-soon-microsoft-ends-retail-sales-of-windows-8-7000035347/ Windows 8 has passed the first milestone on its way to retirement after Microsoft ended retail sales of the operating system. As of 31 October, retailers will no longer be able to order more Windows 8 to sell beyond their existing stock, although it can still be bought installed on a new PC. The operating system went on sale just over two years ago on 26 October 2012, and Microsoft is already shifting emphasis to Windows 10, expected in the middle of next year. Also as...