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Since 1981 Marchese Computer has served the Genesee area by supplying leading edge technology solutions in the fields of computers, networking, telecommunications, web design/hosting, and security systems. Locally owned and staffed, Marchese Computer provides service, warranty work, hardware, software, consulting and managed IT services. Marchese Computer, and its employees, actively support our community and other local businesses and take great pride in providing the best products and services possible to our local friends and neighbors at competitive prices.

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Todays Latest Tech Headlines: ADP HACKED!

ADP Latest To Get Hit By Hackers – Was Your Account Affected?

ADP is the world’s largest HR firm, handling tax and payroll accounts for more than 640,000 companies that collectively employ millions of people. It may be possible that your company is one of the hundreds of thousands that rely on ADP for this function. Much has been said in the recent past about the growing sophistication of hacking attacks, and this latest, sadly successful attack on ADP is a perfect example of that sophistication.

Using a process called “Flowjacking”, hackers were able to determine the work and data flow of ADP’s internal processes. They found out, for example, that setting up a user account with the company was a two-step process. The first step involves setting up the account, which requires social security numbers and other personal data that hackers are very good at getting their hands on.

The second step is activating the account, and ADP sends activation codes to the companies that set up accounts with them. Unfortunately, some companies are not careful with their activation codes, and wind up placing them in the public domain, where they can be scooped up by ever-watchful hackers.

Armed with a stolen social security number and a code grabbed from some public domain source, hackers can inject themselves into ADP’s normal process, and make off with thousands, and perhaps even millions of people’s personal information.

Things like bank account numbers and social security numbers are stock and trade for legions of hackers. This is data with good, reliable resale value, and they can always find a ready market for it.

ADP has thus far not released information on how many records were put at risk by the successful hack against them, and security experts stress that ADP itself was not hacked. Rather, the workflow itself was breached, and the hackers took advantage of the fact that some companies weren’t as careful as they should have been with their activation codes.

If you use ADP, your best move from here is to contact them directly to find out if any of your employee records were impacted. It is also probably a good idea to have your networked scanned and evaluated for security risks. If you need any help with this, please feel free to reach out to our office.
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Millions of Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo Passwords Have Been Breached

Alex Holden is one of the good guys. You’ve probably never heard of him, but he works for Hold Security, and spends his time in the dark corners of the internet, scouting out what data the hacking community has for sale.

Holden’s latest finding shows that a hacker was selling an extensive database containing the user names and passwords for more than a quarter of a million free email accounts, all for less than a dollar. Roughly 33 million of the passwords were for Hotmail accounts. Another 40 million were for Yahoo accounts, and 25 million were for Gmail accounts. There were plenty of others besides, but the major point here is that if you use a free email service, it’s possible your name is somewhere in the database.

Of course, in terms of scope and scale, given that Gmail alone has more than a billion users, this breach was relatively small as a percentage of total accounts, but in absolute scale, some 270 million user accounts and passwords is a massive breach by any definition.

If you use a free email service, even if it’s not one of the big names mentioned above, to be safe, change your password immediately. Unfortunately, many people tend to reuse passwords, and if your email password is the same as the password to your bank account, not changing your password could be setting yourself up for huge financial pain down the road.

Most email services also offer two-factor authentication at this point, and you would be well served by activating that feature. Of course, it goes without saying that the password to access your bank account should be different from the one you use to log onto your email account, so the short answer is – change your password today, or put your financial information at risk
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Top Tech News for the Day:

Microsoft fixes actively attacked IE flaw and 50 other vulnerabilities
The patches are organized in 16 security bulletins, eight of which are rated critical

Microsoft released patches for 51 vulnerabilities Tuesday, including one affecting Internet Explorer that hackers have exploited in targeted attacks against organizations in South Korea.

The Microsoft patches were covered in 16 security bulletins, eight rated critical and eight important. The affected products include Windows, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Office and Microsoft .NET Framework.

The patches included in the IE and Edge security bulletins, MS16-051 and MS16-052, are among the most important ones and should be prioritized because they can be exploited to compromise computers when users visit specially crafted Web pages

Hackers exploit unpatched Flash Player vulnerability, Adobe warns
Adobe Systems is working on a patch for a critical vulnerability in Flash Player that hackers are already exploiting in attacks. In the meantime, the company has released other security patches for Reader, Acrobat and ColdFusion.

The Flash Player vulnerability is being tracked as CVE-2016-4117 and affects Flash Player versions and earlier for Windows, OS X, Linux, and Chrome OS. Successful exploitation can allow attackers to take control of affected systems.

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