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The 22-year-old researcher, who goes by the name MalwareTech, has become an internet hero for their efforts to stem the spread of the WannaCry ransomware. The ransomware took control of computers around the world and required owners to pay hundreds of dollars to get their files back. It took advantage of a Windows vulnerability leaked in April and the hacking tool is believed to belong to the NSA.


MalwareTech found an unregistered domain name in the ransomware and bought it for $10.69. Then, they pointed the domain to a sinkhole, or a server that collects and analyzes malware traffic. What they didn't realize was that the domain -- a random assortment of letters -- was actually a kill switch, a way for someone to take control of the ransomware.


Though MalwareTech has now been identified, the young man is not entirely happy about the publicity and we, at Epcom will respect his right to privacy. Well done, MalwareTech!


For the full article, click here: https://goo.gl/8qbKH2

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Epcom would like to wish Happy Mother's Day to all of our clients, family, and friends. But a special thank to our own mother's who have made us who we are today! Thank you, mom and we hope you have a wonderful day!!
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The National Health Service faces a weekend of chaos after hackers demanding a ransom infiltrated the health service’s antiquated computer system. Operations and appointments were cancelled and ambulances diverted as up to 40 hospital trusts became infected by“ransomware” attack demanding payment to regain access to vital medical records.

The NHS said there was no evidence that patients’ medical records had been accessed, but it was unable to say whether the hackers – who are threatening to delete information unless payment is received within a week – had the ability to destroy such records. Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at the Helsinki-based cybersecurity company F-Secure, called the attack "the biggest ransomware outbreak in history."

For the full story, click here: https://goo.gl/DA4Y4p
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Intel’s Active Management Technology allows IT administrators the ability to remotely make changes in BIOS as well as installing patches and software as though they were in front of these machines. The problem is, plenty of consumers use business-class hardware—and not just the fringe that’ll buy or inherit commercial-class laptops and workstations. Many budget PCs use chipsets, firmware, and motherboards that were designed for small business machines. These machines may be exposed to the exploit through Intel's Small Business Advantage technology, which is a scaled-down version of AMT.


While the vast majority of consumers PCs probably DO NOT have the exploit, it wouldn't hurt to take five minutes to check your system. The Intel tool to check your PC can be found here: https://goo.gl/6iG4g6


To read the full article, click here: https://goo.gl/btiGbu
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Today is the 155th anniversary of Cinco de Mayo!! In celebration, our New York office will be enjoying delicious churros!
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Invitations to edit a file through Google Docs, may actually be a sophisticated type of spam, DO NOT OPEN IT! The attack sends targets an emailed invitation from someone they may know, takes them to a real Google sign-in screen, then asks them to “continue to Google Docs.” But this grants permissions to a (malicious) third-party web app that’s simply been named “Google Docs,” which gives phishers access to your email and address book.


If you’ve clicked the link, your account may have already sent spam messages to the people in your address book. But you can revoke future access through Google’s “Connected Apps and Sites” page; where it will appear as “Google Docs.”


To read the full article, click here: https://goo.gl/7bsv0z

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Although we don't normally like to blown our own horn, today we think we deserve it! Happy 10th Birthday to us!!

In celebration of this momentous occasion, Epcom is offering a 10% discount on all goods and services purchased today! Here's to 10 more great years and a very sincere thank you for your business!
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Microsoft would prefer you not install the Windows 10 Creators Update yourself. Instead, the company is encouraging everyone but advanced users to wait for the Creators Update to become available via Windows Update. That means workarounds for excited users, like the Media Creation Tool or the Windows Update Assistant, are discouraged.


The reason for all this hesitation, according to Microsoft, is that the company wants to iron out any issues for specific hardware configurations before making the upgrade available to affected PCs via Windows Update.


Should you need assistance after the update is rolled out, contact Epcom World Industries. To read the full article, click here: https://goo.gl/tdyZJ2
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Epcom has always tried to pioneer and embrace new technologies. Today at 10:30AM PDT the first EVER 4K Live Stream from space by NASA and powered in part by Amazon will be viewable from here: http://ow.ly/3i4B30bbLzm

Dont miss this historic premiere showcase of space exploration meeting technology! #NASALive4K
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Happy Earth Day 2017! to all our clients! Remember we offer free computer / electronics recycling #dispose #safety #ThinkGreen
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