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  • If you have Bitcoin, better give this service outage warning from Coinbase a thorough look

    Posted on December 7th, 2017 at 11:39 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I don’t comment about Bitcoin very often. After all, anything I say today will be off by 20% or 40% by tomorrow. Suffice it to say that Bitcoin’s been going through a roller coaster ride seldom experienced in the real world.

    Coinbase, a big Bitcoin trading market, issued an official notification on Dec 7 at 8:18 am PST:

    Identified – Identity verification is failing to complete for a significant number of customers due to high traffic. We are working on restoring services as soon as possible.

    Check out the Coinbase outage map at downdetector.com — which, if anything, probably understates the situation.

    Good overview from Coindesk.

    The world’s largest bitcoin exchanges by trade volume are reporting significantly varying prices as the cryptocurrency’s price soars to new all-time highs, market data shows. In some cases, the differences amount to more than $2,000 in value, particularly among some of the most voluminous exchanges.

    With an official launch of Bitcoin futures coming on Sunday, starting with CBOE Global Markets then quickly moving on to the CME Group exchange, heaven only knows what’ll happen

    The Guardian is staying on top of it all, in real time.

  • Getting caught up with Win7 patches

    Posted on December 7th, 2017 at 08:33 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    We’re at MS-DEFCON 3, and it’s a very good time to get caught up. Either that, or wait for everybody to start bugging you around the holidays.

    I just got an email from BDL:

    My website for AskWoody has been a mess. But maybe I am just confused! The large amount of updates for November that you have mentioned, have never come in on my windows 7 sp1 x64 home premium desktop. I keep the 3 diagnostics disabled and windows update disabled until I am ready to collect and sort and install the right updates. Am I doing something wrong?

    My response:

    There’s no reason to disable Windows Update.

    Turn on the disabled diagnostic, enable Windows update, then start here:

    2000004: How to apply the Win7 and 8.1 Monthly Rollups

    And if you have problems, post them here:

    MS-DEFCON 3: Yep, it’s time to get patched

    That’s good advice for everyone you support, as well, I think.

  • Windows 10 All-In-One For Dummies eBook at a breathtaking price

    Posted on December 7th, 2017 at 08:12 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The second edition ebook of Win10 All-In-One For Dummies is now appearing with an amazingly low price….

    Zilch. Nada. Free as in beer.

    I don’t know how TradePub.com did it, but they’re now offering a free copy of Win10 All-In-One For Dummies, for download.

    You’ll have to cough up an email address, and fill out information about your work. You’re supposed to give a phone number and an address. In the end, you get an email with a link that leads to a downloadable PDF. And, yes, it’s the entire second edition. Free.

    There’s a similar offer coming from BitsDuJour. Not sure when it’ll be available.

    What of a third edition, you ask? I’ve heard rumors that an All-In-One that covers Win10 1803 (or whatever they’ll call it) may be in the works.

    And, yes, everyone who’s made it onto the AskWoody Patron Page will get a mention.

  • The astoundingly low price of malware

    Posted on December 7th, 2017 at 03:36 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    When it comes to malware, I thought I was too jaded to be shocked. Wrong. I just saw this infographic from Andrei Barysevich at Insikt Group and I’m still scraping my jaw off the floor.

    In the past 20 years, the cybercriminal underground has evolved from a handful of disperse message boards, mostly built around mundane e-commerce fraud primarily conducted by Eastern-European fraudsters, to a highly complex ecosystem that we now call dark web. Today the shadowy world of the internet is comprised of communities divided by various geographical regions, specialty, and the experience of its members and is capable of supporting both entry-level script kiddies and the masterminds of incredibly sophisticated attacks, such as the Taiwan ATM heist and malware attacks on Russian banks, which netted threat actors tens of millions of dollars.

    It’s taken from a post last month on the Recorded Future web site. Well worth reading.

  • Microsoft’s Malware Protection Engine Vulnerable

    Posted on December 7th, 2017 at 02:23 Kirsty Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Gunter Born has posted a new topic here on a vulnerability in Defender & Security Essentials:

    I received this night (Germany) a notification from Microsoft about a critical vulnerability in Microsoft’s Malware Protection Engine (CVE-2017-11937). All Windows versions using either Defender or Microsoft Security Essentials or Forefront are affected. But there are no updates available – and the link within Microsoft’s Update Catalog are broken.

    He is calling for information and insights. Can you help?

    Check it out here:
    Critical vulnerability in Microsoft’s Malware Protection Engine (CVE-2017-11937)

    UPDATE:

    Defender and MSE are updating itself – and it seems that yesterday the Security module has been updated.