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VIDEO: Asprox Botnet Is No More: IT Rewind Episode 47

Posted August 14, 2015by Ben Barker

The pesky Asprox botnet seems to have gone away, but for how long? Meanwhile, Windows 10 gets its first set of patches, and a Chinese hacking team shows how GPS can be manipulated in a dangerous way. We cover these stories and more on IT Rewind! Just click play!

IT Rewind Featured Stories:

Did our short segment leave you wanting more? Check out the original articles of stories we covered!

Asprox Botnet, a Long-Running Nuisance, Disappears

InfoWorld, @infoworld, Jeremy Kirk, @Jeremy_Kirk

Windows 10 Gets Its First Set of Security Patches

Network World@NetworkWorld, Joab Jackson, @Joab_Jackson


Chinese Unicorn Team Hacks GPS at DefCon

eWeek, @eWEEKNews, Sean Michael Kerner


Continuum's Must-Read Blog Post This Week

Malvertising: The Next Big Threat MSPs Must Tackle


Deadly ransomware and zero-hour exploits have been making headlines over the past few months. But while you've been wringing your hands over protecting your clients' files, cyber criminals have been building out attacks on one of the fast-growing malware platforms: malvertising. According to security firm RiskIQ, malicious ads have increased by 260% in the first half of this year compared to the same timeframe in 2014. Read More»

What Else Is New in the IT Channel?

Now that you've seen our top picks for this week, here are some more stories that made the headlines. Have a suggestion for a story that we should cover next week? Let us know by commenting below or tweeting @FollowContinuum or @BenDBarker!

Super fast internet:

         Verizon Wants to Make the Internet 1,000 Times Faster
         CNN@CNN, Hope King, @lisahopeking

Google cloud data analysis:

        Google Moves Two Cloud Data Analysis Services out of Beta
        ITworld,@ITworld, Joab Jackson, @Joab_Jackson

Cisco warning:

         Cisco Warns Customers About Attacks Installing Malicious IOS Bootstrap Images
         Threatpost, @threatpost, Dennis Fisher, @DennisF



Hey everybody, welcome back to the Boston studios for another edition of IT Rewind! We’ve got a lot to cover today, so lets get started!

Today on IT Rewind we lead off with some news that may be cause for celebration. The Asprox botnet appears to be no more. The Asprox botnet was known for its malware-spamming activities had been responsible for spam campaigns since 2007. The botnet would trick users into downloading harmful attachments in emails that appeared to be from services such as FedEx, the USPS and American Airlines. Still, it’s not exactly clear sailing. Because there were no arrests, it is likely that the operation has simply been shut down in order to regroup and redeploy with enhanced security evasion tactics.

The first set of security patches for Windows 10 have been released. The patches cover Windows 10 as well as the “Edge” browser that runs on the new Windows OS. Of the 14 security bulletins released this month, 3 were marked as “critical,” so users should be sure to patch as quickly as possible. The 3 critical bulletins cover Windows, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office.

It’s no secret that GPS is being used widely around the world. This is a bit concerning given the recent demonstration at the DefCon security conference in Las Vegas. A team of Chinese hackers detailed how they were able to alter GPS coordinates on devices to create the illusion that the device is somewhere that it is not. One concern with this type of hack is that, if done correctly, drones may be able to bypass no-fly zone restrictions.

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As always, read the full stories that we covered today by clicking on the links below, as well as the featured Continuum blog post of the week.

Of course, you can always find us on Twitter, Instagram and Vine at FollowContinuum, as well as on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Plus, Spiceworks and YouTube.

Take it easy.



Ben is a graduate of Emerson College and a huge Boston sports fan.

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