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EXCLUSIVE: The infamous Romanian hacker known as “Guccifer,” speaking exclusively with Fox News, claimed he easily – and repeatedly – breached former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s personal email server in early 2013.   

"For me, it was easy ... easy for me, for everybody," Marcel Lehel Lazar, who goes by the moniker "Guccifer," told Fox News from a Virginia jail where he is being held....

Cybersecurity expert Morgan Wright observed, "The Blumenthal account gave [Lazar] a road map to get to the Clinton server. ... You get a foothold in one system. You get intelligence from that system, and then you start to move."

Current News / It's World Password Day!
« Last post by Bugbatter on Today at 07:58:40 AM »

Don’t do it! 5 ways to upgrade your passwords this #PasswordDay

Happy #PasswordDay!

Another year goes by and here we are again, it’s World Password Day, and, hey… it’s that day of the of year when we gather round the cracking rig to salt hashes and go through the time honoured ritual of sharing that correcthorsebatterystaple comic, even though we’ve all seen it a hundred times before.

Who am I kidding?

I had no idea there was even such a thing as World Password Day until five minutes ago, and to be honest I don’t think it’s been around very much longer than that.

So we don’t have any traditions for Password Day yet but that’s OK, every tradition is a new idea to begin with and if anything in computer security deserves a bit of attention it’s passwords (and sysadmins, obviously).

Password Day is apparently a day for “taking our passwords to the next level”, so here are five traditions the crooks and password crackers really, really don’t want us to start:

Reuters just broke a story about a password breach said to affect more than 250 million webmail accounts around the world.

The claims come from an American cyberinvestigation company that has reported on giant data breaches before...

I will give them the information this Sunday and get the actual folder contents then.

The folder name was the company name and phone number (Company Name Net 1-800-...-....    where "..." were actual numbers) and includes about 6 or 7 files
I only remember ccleaner.exe,
a "company name" batch file (contained lots of set...=%temp%... etc),
a "company name" text file (did not look at contents),
the hosts file (with several pages of redirects),
a "company name" exe file

I renamed the folder and each filename to append to the end: "- DO NOT OPEN"

I cold booted the machine, rechecked to ensure the renamed folder / files retained the new names;
 and finally did a quick check for new and hidden folders (then reset to do not show hidden folders/files) 

I then left.
I did respond to your PM. In short I think you should encourage the users to come here and ask questions and get help. Or one of the other free sites.

As for the files you are talking about, that could have been that repair companies effort to look legitimate. If you can give me the name of the folder and what files are in there, and paste up the contents of the Hosts file I can give you better information. But for now, unless you installed the programs, I would delete the contents of the folder.
Current News / 10-Year-Old Hacks Instagram; Wins $10K
« Last post by Bugbatter on Yesterday at 06:28:23 AM »
Are you smarter than a 10-year-old? Probably not the one who just made a cool $10,000 from Facebook for showing you could hack into Instagram and delete comments made by users.
Microsoft will be excluding some, but not all, security updates from the Microsoft Download Center starting next week on Patch Tuesday.

Microsoft is going to cease its current practice of making all security updates available from both the Microsoft Download Center and the Microsoft Update Catalog.

In a very brief April 29 blog post, company officials noted the coming change, which takes effect next Tuesday, May 10 -- which is Patch Tuesday. Moving forward, security bulletins will point to the Microsoft Update Catalog when updates are not listed on the company's Download Center website.

The third-largest electric and water utility in Michigan has shut down all its corporate IT systems while it attempts to clean up after a ransomware attack.

The Lansing Board of Water & Light (Lansing BWL) announced last Monday, 25 April, that it was hit by ransomware after a phishing attack.

I took the unit back on Sunday and told them to call me as soon as anything strange happens.

While there, I noticed a folder that contained CCLeaner and a few other files...including a "hosts" file that pointed many websites to (I think that is the local machine, maybe it was

I checked the actual hosts file and it seemed normal.

Please see a related PM.
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