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On December 14, 2014, reports began surfacing of a new infection impacting WordPress content management websites. This infection has been coined “soaksoak”. We at ESG began seeing the attempted attacks over the weekend of Dec 13/14 and as of the morning of Dec 15, as soon as a safe mitigation process was available, we began patching our servers to protect the sites of our clients...

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On Dec 1 Microsoft announced the purchase of a software company called Acompli.  Acompli's primary product is a tool for syncing Android and iOS (Apple) devices with Microsoft Exchange and Gmail.  This is an interesting development because prior to this Microsoft was pushing Outlook Web App as the primary way for users to have the Outlook experience on these mobile platforms.  The Acompli purchase suggests...

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LATEST UPDATE: October 28 with updating listing of known HOWDECRYPT e-mail subjects. What is 'ransomware' and what is the HOWDECRYPT infection? Ransomware is an infection (typically known as malware or a crypto-virus) that locks a computer system, encrypts the files on the machine, and demands a payment to criminal elements in order to de-encrypt the files and release the computer. The HOWDECRYPT virus (also known as the how_decrypt virus)...

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In short: YES Microsoft is ending the ability of retailers to sell PC's loaded with Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium and/or Ultimate on October 31, 2014.  However, Microsoft has not yet announced an end-date for Windows 7 Professional on pre-loaded systems.  Due to the failure of Windows 8 to catch fire in the marketplace, many businesses have continued to rely on Windows 7 Pro.  Here at...

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As our clients know, we at ESG have not been fans of Windows 8.  User acceptance of the OS has been luck-warm at best, software issues have plagued the OS since the start, and the learning curve required for the 'metro' interface was not justified in efficiency enhancement.  Microsoft appears to be feeling the same to such a degree that the stigma of Windows 8...

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