Apple Software Updates

Apple has released updates for iTunes, iOS, WatchOS, and MacOS.  Make sure to patch your systems soon.

Verizon Data Loss

Approximately 14 million Verizon customers may need to reset their PIN and check their accounts.  A company accidentally exposed customer data on a S3 server instance.

July Patch Tuesday

Microsoft and Adobe have released updates for their products. 

NotPetya was not Ransomware

Experts are stating that the latest “Petya” ransomware infection was not ransomware, but rather a malicious code designed to delete data w/o any chance of restoration.

Petya Ransomware Spreading

A new variant of the Petya ransomware is infecting PCs worldwide.   It is demanding $300 in BitCoin but the email address mentioned in the ransom note has been disabled.  It is believe that decryption is impossible even if the ransom is paid. Please be careful, do not click on suspicious links or open suspicious email attachments.

Time to Review Your SnapChat Location Settings

The app is sharing your location every time you open it.

Windows 10 S Infected via Word Macro

Windows 10 S, the newest Windows that allows only applications purchased from the App Store to run, has been compromised via malicious Word macro.  It also took some social engineering.

Microsoft “Baking” EMET into Windows 10

It appears that Microsoft will be “hardening” Windows 10 by including some of the safety features of EMET in the Fall Creator’s Update.

Google To Stop Scanning Gmail to Target Ads

Google will stop using email content to server targeted ad to users.

Ransomware (WannaCry)

A Ransomware (WannaCry) attack that began on Friday, May 12th targeted Microsoft Windows operating system machines. Ransomware is malicious software that infects the target machine and locks out the owner until a sum of money is paid to the attacker. UTC IT immediately took action by informing the public through various communication sources to insure all systems were secured and patched. Ninety percent of campus computers have been patched and we are continuing to patch all remaining devices. If you have questions, please contact the IT Solutions Center at (423) 425-4000.