Adobe Flash malware has jumped 300 percent in the first quarter of 2015 when compared to the final quarter of 2014. Meanwhile, North Korea has threatened a cyber attack on the United States. We cover these stories and more on IT Rewind!
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Completely eliminating user error is impossible. No matter how hard we may try, it simply isn't feasible to expect to completely eliminate user mistakes from the scope of issues that affect managed IT services. So what is the next best thing? Well, it would seem like identifying the most common forms of user error and taking the best measures to prevent those issues is a good start.
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Adobe Flash malware is up. Way up. Malware attacks on the popular platform rose by an alarming 317 percent in the first quarter of this year. A report by McAfee Labs shows that Flash malware instances have risen from 47,000 in the final quarter of 2014 to almost 200,000 in the first quarter of 2015. The vulnerable code of Adobe Flash has led to Google removing it from its Play Store. Additionally, Youtube moved to HTML5 in January and Apple banned an older version of Flash after its zero-day vulnerabilities were discovered. Despite this news, Microsoft confirmed that its Edge browser in Windows 10 would include Flash.
North Korea is not happy. Responding to a report that it was the target of a cyber attack, North Korea has threatened a cyber attack of its own on the United States. This is especially concerning because North Korea has been blamed for several large cyber attacks, including last year’s attack on Sony Pictures. Back in May, it was reported that the United States had launched a cyber attack on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
This week’s partner spotlight goes out to Computer Troubleshooters TON-Bridge over in the UK. Earlier in the week, CT Tonbridge had some fun on Twitter when they posted this Tweet. Well, we decided to stick to the theme and responded with this. Thanks for reaching out.
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