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And.... It snapped again...

  
  
  
  
  
  
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Unknown hackers are responsible for the leak of over 500MB images of Snapchat users. Videos and pictures of over 200,000 users were released on the Internet just a few days ago. Even if it has not been proven, it is suspected that the authors of the scam are somehow linked to those responsible for the posting in August of personal and often nude photos taken by hundreds of celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence and Kim Kardashian.

POODLE bytes

  
  
  
  
  
  
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Last Tuesday, a trio of Google researchers published news regarding the existence of an Internet-wide security vulnerability that has a cute name but unfortunately also potentially disastrous effects. POODLE, which stands for Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption, is a new security hole that targets Secure Socket Layer (SSL) 3.0. Since SSL protects data that are in transit between a website and the users, POODLE potentially allows hackers to decrypt the HTTP cookies, which can be used to store personal information, website preferences or even passwords, depending on the situation. For example, POODLE could allow an attacker to hijack and decrypt the session cookie that identifies you to a service like Twitter or Google, and then take over your accounts without needing your password.

Since SSL 3.0 has largely been replaced by TLC (Transport Layer Security) and other successors, the easiest way to solve the problem should be simply to stop supporting SSL 3.0. Unfortunately, even though SSL is a pretty old (15 years) protocol, it is still used in most web browsers as a fallback for countless servers in case modern protocols fail to connect. In addition, there are some products and browsers, like Internet Explorer 6 for Windows XP, that only use SSLv3. As a consequence, Google says that stopping the support of SSL might lead to side effects, such as significant compatibility and connectivity issues.


What is SharePoint?

  
  
  
  
  
  
SharePoint

In my previous blog entry, I introduced to you all SkyDrive and SkyDrive for Business, and I tried to illustrate the principle differences between them. I also highlighted how OneDrive for Business allows for more flexibility in what we can do thanks to SharePoint, which is the platform behind it. At this point, I believe that it is only fair to dedicate the present article to learn more about SharePoint and the advantages it can provide.

Dropbox has been hacked... Or not

  
  
  
  
  
  
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An anonymous hacker has recently declared to have leaked a few hundred usernames and passwords for Dropbox accounts. A series of posts have been in fact made to Pastebin claiming to contain login credentials for hundreds of Dropbox accounts. The leak, which comes from an anonymous user taking Bitcoin donations for the full disclosure, contains accounts with email addresses starting with the letter "B". The hacker claims that more username/password pairs will be released as soon as they receive donations to their Bitcoin address. According to the hacker a total of 6,937,081 account credentials have so far been compromised.

Myles Gosmon: NSK Field Service Team Member

  
  
  
  
  
  
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In August 2014, Myles became one of the enthusiastic members of the NSK Field Service team. As ambassador of NSK’s excellence in providing high quality IT assistance, Myles recognizes the importance of performing his duties at the top level of his job. More specifically, Myles’ job consists of direct communication including visiting clients, where he performs tasks such as keeping the network constantly updated to basic IT support, and configuring desktops according to the clients’ needs and specifications.

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The Evolution of Backup

  
  
  
  
  
  
Evolution of BackUp

The Evolution of Backup has been through many iterations and is centuries old.

Mike Moniz: NSK Financial Controller

  
  
  
  
  
  
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Since October 2013, Mike Moniz has taken on the role as NSK’s financial controller. As such, Mike manages cash flow, budgeting, reporting, and vendor relationships. More specifically, Mike’s job consists of overseeing meticulously all of the banking and finance activities, including negotiating lines of credit and vendor agreements, as well as reviewing all the financial contracts, financing agreements and insurance policies. Mike is responsible for providing accurate and comprehensive financial information to executive management for long-term financial strategizing. His excellent financial analysis skills are instrumental in helping NSK assess risks, analyze efficiency, and inform policy decisions made by executive management.

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OneDrive vs. OneDrive for Business

  
  
  
  
  
  
SkyDrive/OneDrive

What was once known as SkyDrive by Microsoft is now called OneDrive. However, the different name is not the only new feature introduced, and thanks to a few tricks and mobile apps, OneDrive is an efficient and updated version of its predecessor. Microsoft's online backup and syncing service is the most flexible and all-encompassing of its class, with syncing and access apps not only for PCs, but also for Macs, Androids, iOS, and Windows Phones. By comparison, Apple's competing iCloud is only available for Apple devices.

Oh No! I have been infected by CryptoWall - What should I do?

  
  
  
  
  
  
PAVIS Backup CryptoWall resized 600

The cybercriminals behind the CryptoWall ransomware have stepped up their game!

Vlad Bolkhovsky: IT Consultant

  
  
  
  
  
  
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As one of NSK’s IT Consultant, Vlad currently provides full time assistance and support to our client Hollister Staffing. More specifically, Vlad’s job consists of a wide set of responsibilities which normally includes keeping the inventory constantly updated, monitoring the proper functioning of the backup process, along with hardware and software support. If any issue occurs, it is Vlad’s primary concern to make sure that his intervention is promptly provided so that any interruption to the regular course of Hollister’s activity is minimized, and people can resume their work as soon as possible. A recent challenge that Vlad faced was an internet speed problem that slowed down the internet connection at the Hollister office. With the help of the NSK team, Vlad was able to troubleshoot the issue with a step by step approach, and narrow it down to the firewall as the culprit. As a secondary step, Vlad and the project team developed and immediately executed a plan to reconfigure the firewall which reestablished and eventually improved their internet speed.

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