A new botnet malware called "Corebot" is posing a serious threat and seems to have been written from scratch. Plus, iOS and OSX users beware, an airdrop vulnerability could have you at risk! To hear more, just click play!


IT Rewind Featured Stories:

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Corebot: Cleverly Written Botnet Malware With Growth Potential

InfoWorld, @infoworld, Mario Korolov, @MariaKorolov

Bug in iOS and OSX Allows Writing of Arbitrary Files via AirDrop

Threatpost, @threatpost, Dennis Fisher, @DennisF


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Continuum's Must-Read Blog Post This Week

8 Ways to Reduce Your Technician Turnover Rate


Did you know today is IT Pro Day? It's a day devoted to paying homage to IT professionals, the "unsung heroes of modern business." In honor of this technician appreciation day, we wanted to know what MSP business owners could do to reduce their turnover rate. Why is employee churn such a business killer? Bottom line: there is a shortage of IT talent. According to CIO Magazine, of the 200 U.S. and U.K. C-level executives who participated in Appirio and Wakefield Research's survey,90% claimed recruiting and retaining technology talent is a top business challenge. The same C-suite reported that 25% of their IT staff leaves the company each year. 

We wanted to know what could be done about this so we turned to Spiceworks, a community of online IT professionals. We asked: What is one thing your boss could do to make your job more enjoyable? The influx of responses was astounding! After scanning the 64 (and counting) comments for common threads, here are eight ways to cut down on employee churn! 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!

Container concerns:

         As Containers Take off, so Do Security Concerns
         CIO@CIOonline, Maria Korolov, @MariaKorolov

Encryption reprucussions:

       Obama Advisors: Encryption Backdoors Would Hurt Cybersecurity, Net Infrastructure Vendors
       Network World@NetworkWorld, Tim Greene, @Tim_Greene

Ashley Madison disaster:

         Spyware Infects Phones, Adware Increases on Home PCs, Report Finds
         eWeek, @eWEEKNews, Robert Lemos



Hey there and welcome back for this week’s edition of IT Rewind. Last week we celebrated our 50th episodes, so now we’re on the road to 100! Lets get started!

There’s a new botnet malware called Corebot and researchers say it could pose a serious threat. Corebot was written from scratch to be modular and was first noticed by IBM Security X-Force. According to a senior security threat researcher at Damballa, Corebot makes it easy for the author to add plugins to do specific tasks. The researcher went on to add that while most malware is based on older malware, this new threat does indeed looks to be built new. Corebot also comes with a unique domain generation algorithm, which creates different domain names based on the location of the host machine. This makes it harder for security companies to block those domains.

A major vulnerability in iOS and OS X allows attackers to overwrite arbitrary files and even install a signed app to user devices without user consent. Mark Dowd, a security researcher, discovered the vulnerability says that if users have AirDrop set to allow connections from any user, whether they are contacts or not, attackers can exploit the vulnerability on a default locked iOS device, whether the user has agreed to accept the files or not. To see a demo of the AirDrop exploit, check out the full article by clicking on the link below.

Navigate 2015 is coming up VERY fast. If you’ll be joining us in Vegas, I highly recommend you download the Navigate 2015 app for your iOS or Android device by searching “Navigate 2015” in the App Store or Google Play Store. The Navigate 2015 app has everything from the conference agenda to a fun interactive photo scavenger hunt game, so make sure you download it and sign up! For more instructions on how to best use the app, check out the link below.

Finally, I really need to give a shout out to Charles Love who was LIGHTING UP the Twitter game this week. Check out this series of memes that Charles dropped. This guys knows how to use social media and you should all be taking a page out of his book. You can catch Charles at Navigate 2015 when he presents his strategies to sell the NOC and Help Desk to your customers. Full the full agenda you can either check your Navigate 2015 app, or head on over to www.continuum.net/navigate2015 

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.

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