Even after remediation, the effects of ransomware can still be felt. The feelings of security have been stripped away and replaced with a nauseating sensation of vulnerability.
A public TV and radio station in San Francisco, KQED, knows this feeling. After being infected with ransomware demanding 1.7 bitcoin per PC, the FBI advised wiping the infected computes.
Even a month after the attack, the station is still doing work to fix the affected machines. But what has also been a surprise is the damage was to more than just their data. The wireless network and email servers went down at their headquarters, so they moved operations to UC Hastings. It has interrupted all levels of work, from broadcast to hiring of new employees.
This radio station isn’t the only company reeling long after a ransomware attack. Fedex has been reported as saying that was affected by NotPetya and that some damage was permanent. It’s expected that this business interruption will create significant decreases in revenue.
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Every month we see a bevy of new third party updates, and are always enhancing our library of supported vendors. Special requests and additions are welcomed. This month’s releases include:
|Wireshark||Network Protocol Analyzer||Wireshark_v2.4|
|Glary Utilities||PC cleanup||Glary_v22.214.171.124|
|Trillian||Instant Messenger||Trillian_v6.0 Build 60|
|WinSCP||SFTP, SCP, and FTP client for Windows||WinSCP_v5.9.6|
|WinMerge||Open source differencing and merging tool for windows.||WinMerge_v2.14|
|PuTTY||SSH and Telnet for windows and unix.||PuTTY_v0.70|
|Foxit Reader||PDF reader||FoxitReader_v8.3.1|
|Paint.net||Image editing software||Paint.net_v4.0.17|
|Adobe Reader DC||Pdf reader||AdobeReaderDC_v17.009.20058|
|AIR Runtime||Code Distribution||AIRRuntime_v126.96.36.199|
|Chrome_v59.0.3071.134||Includes bug fixes, security updates, and feature enhancements.
|Wireshark_v2.4||Large number of new and updated features. New and updated protocol support. Major API changes. New and updated capture file support.
|Firefox_v54.0.1||Now uses multiple operating system processes for web page content to increase speed and stability. Fixes: Display issue of tab title. Display issue of opening new tab. Display issue when opening multiple tabs. Tab display issue when downloading files. PDF printing issue. Netflix issue on linu.
|Trillian_v6.0 Build 60||Fixed:
Media: Media may not correctly send if DNS is incorrectly set up.
Message Window: History messages may incorrectly duplicate in the window from previous versions of Trillian.
|WinSCP_v5.9.6||Hotfix. German translation updated.
· Back-propagated some improvements and fixes from 5.10-5.10.2 beta releases:
|MediaMonkey_v188.8.131.520||Various bug fixes and updates.
|PuTTY_v0.70||Security fix: the Windows PuTTY binaries should no longer be vulnerable to hijacking by specially named DLLs in the same directory, even a name we missed when we thought we’d fixed this in 0.69. See vuln-indirect-dll-hijack-3.
Windows PuTTY should be able to print again, after our DLL hijacking defences broke that functionality.
Windows PuTTY should be able to accept keyboard input outside the current code page, after our DLL hijacking defences broke that too.
|Foobar2000_v1.3.16||Fixed horrible, horrible bug with inverted checkmarks in advanced preferences at 150% text size.
Network streaming: added handlers for more HTTP redirect codes.
Fixed foobar2000 process not setting its working directory to its installation location on startup.
FLAC tagging fixes.
|Java_v8u141||Fixing of bugs and updates to features.
|FoxitReader_v8.3.1||New Feature and Improvements:
Easy and Secure File-sharing
Provides a plugin to share your file by generating a file link and sending it via email or to social media, under your full control by advanced settings to share content quickly, easily, and securely.
Some ease of use enhancements.
Fixed some issues that could cause Foxit Reader launch slowly.
Fixed some security and stability issues. Click here for details.
|FileZilla_v184.108.40.206||Bugfixes and minor changes:
MSW: Add missing file to .zip binary package
MSW: Fix toolchain issues breaking the shell extension
|iTunes_v12.6.2||This update is designed for high DPI displays so text and images appear sharper and clearer. It also includes minor app and performance improvements.
|AdobeReaderDC_v17.009.20058||This release puts in place the infrastructure for simplifying the sign-in process within Acrobat & Reader. This enhancement will be rolled out for Acrobat and Reader users in near future.
|Shockwave_v220.127.116.11||Fixes a critical memory corruption vulnerability that could lead to code execution.
|Flash_ v18.104.22.168||These updates address critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.
|AIRRuntime_v22.214.171.124||These updates address critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.
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