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Company that specializes in Information Technology and Security Solutions. We offer Professional Services and Products focused on the design, implementation and management of simple and complex Business Networks and Secure Network Infrastructures.

We custom build Intel based Servers and Workstations. We also provide Firewall Intrusion Technologies, Anti Virus Protection, EMAIL SPAM Removal, Spyware Prevention, plus Web Design, Web Hosting, Network Cabling both wired and wireless.

Established in 1987, The PC Manager, has been dedicated to keeping up with today's technology for tomorrow's business needs. We serve Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties with a dedicated staff of professionals with over 40 years of experience in helping companies continue to succeed.

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    Partner with over 30 years in the Industry.

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    Partner with over 40 years in the Industry.

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Ransomware spreads through weak remote desktop credentials

Stolen or weak remote desktop credentials are routinely used to infect point-of-sale systems with malware, but recently they have also become a common distribution method for file-encrypting ransomware.

In March, researchers discovered a ransomware program dubbed Surprise that was being installed through stolen credentials for TeamViewer, a popular remote administration tool. But the trend had started long before that, with some ransomware variants being distributed through brute-force password guessing attacks against Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) servers since 2015.

While this method of infection was initially used by relatively obscure ransomware programs, recently it has been adopted by an increasing number of cybercriminals, including those behind widespread ransomware programs such as Crysis. Security researchers from antivirus firm Kaspersky Lab have discovered a new ransomware program that affected hospitals and other organizations in Brazil.

The researchers have named the threat Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Xpan and say it is the creation of a gang called TeamXRat, which previously specialized in remote access trojans (RATs). According to Kaspersky Lab, the TeamXRat attackers peform brute-force attacks against internet-connected RDP servers and then manually install the Xpan ransomware on the hacked servers.

Connecting remote desktop servers directly to the Internet is not recommended and brute forcing them is nothing new; but without the proper controls in place to prevent or at least detect and respond to compromised machines, brute force RDP attacks are still relevant and something that cybercriminals enjoy, the Kaspersky researchers said in a
blog post.

Once the server is compromised, the attacker manually disables the Antivirus product installed on the server and proceeds with the infection itself.Brazil has more compromised RDP servers being sold on the underground market than any other country. It is followed by Russia, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S.

Fortunately in the case of Xpan, the ransomware authors made an error in their encryption implementation that allowed Kaspersky Lab to develop a method of recovering affected files without paying the ransom. There is no downloadable decryption tool, but Xpan victims are advised to contact the security company's support department and ask for assistance.

Encryption implementation errors are not unusual in ransomware programs, especially in new ones. However, ransomware developers are typically quick to fix the flaws and sooner or later their program will end up using strong and unbreakable encryption.

why microsoft is calling Windows 10 'the last version of windows

Right now were releasing Windows 10, and because Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, were all still working on Windows 10." That was the message from Microsoft employee Jerry Nixon, a developer evangelist speaking at the company's Ignite conference this week. Nixon was explaining how Microsoft was launching Windows 8 in 2012, but in the background it was developing Windows 10. Now, Microsoft employees can talk freely about future updates to Windows 10 because there's no secret update in the works coming next. It's all just Windows 10. While it immediately sounds like Microsoft is killing off Windows and not doing future versions, the reality is a little more complex. The future is "Windows as a service.

windows isn't dead, but the idea of version numbers could be;

When I reached out to Microsoft about Nixon's comments, the company didn't dismiss them at all. "Recent comments at Ignite about Windows 10 are reflective of the way Windows will be delivered as a service bringing new innovations and updates in an ongoing manner, with continuous value for our consumer and business customers," says a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to The Verge. "We aren't speaking to future branding at this time, but customers can be confident Windows 10 will remain up-to-date and power a variety of devices from PCs to phones to Surface Hub to HoloLens and Xbox. We look forward to a long future of Windows innovations."

With Windows 10, it's time to start thinking of Windows as something that won't see a big launch or major upgrade every few years anymore. Much like how Google's Chrome browser gets updated regularly with version numbers nobody really pays attention to, Microsoft's approach will likely result in a similar outcome. This is really the idea of Windows as a service, and the notion that Windows 10 could be the last major version of Windows. Microsoft could opt for Windows 11 or Windows 12 in future, but if people upgrade to Windows 10 and the regular updates do the trick then everyone will just settle for just "Windows" without even worrying about the version number 


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