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IT Services Alert: Avira Anti-Virus Upgrade Termed ‘Catastrophic’

 
Anti-Virus Alert

The German anti-virus firm Avira recently issued a new service pack for its main program.  Unfortunately, the upgrade to the software caused serious complications on a large number of computers running versions of the Windows Microsoft operating system.  The worst cases, some of the computers were rendered almost completely inoperable as they attempted , in seeking to block malicious executable files. Instead, they ended up banning nearly all executable files.  After the upgrade was deployed, some machines were not even able to boot up into a normal operating mode.

Beware of Hacktivist Group 'Anonymous'

 
Anonymous Hacktivist Group

The hacker group referred to as 'Anonymous' has recently launched a cyber attack, this time targeting a pair of trade associations in the area of technology.  The attacks took the form of a distributed denial of service, a technique that can make web sites inaccessible.  The group, which is considered a ‘hacktivist’ organization because its attacks generally relate to policy aims rather than the theft of personal information, was protesting legislation currently before Congress.  The legislation would serve to encourage businesses to share information about the threat environment with government officials.

New Cyber Threat 'Flame' Suggests Need for Improved IT Security

 
Kaspersky Flame Virus

The cyber threat detection company Kaspersky Lab, maker of an anti-virus program used on millions of Windows PC computers, has uncovered a new form of malware that has been termed both advanced and massive in scope.  This new cyber threat has been officially designated as Worm.Win32.Flame but is being referred to in casual parlance simply as "Flame".  The purpose of Flame appears to be cyber espionage and has mainly been deployed in the Middle East region, with its targets being networks and systems under the control of the national governments there.  To date, targets appear to include nations such as Iran, Sudan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. 

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