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  • 16-year U.S. data leakage: KrebsOnSecurity

    Posted on May 24th, 2019 at 18:16 Kirsty Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Security supremo Brian Krebs has published details of a long-standing data leak he stemmed this week:

    The Web site for Fortune 500 real estate title insurance giant First American Financial Corp. leaked hundreds of millions of documents related to mortgage deals going back to 2003, until notified this week by KrebsOnSecurity. The digitized records — including bank account numbers and statements, mortgage and tax records, Social Security numbers, wire transaction receipts, and drivers license images — were available without authentication to anyone with a Web browser.

    I should emphasize that these documents were merely available from First American’s Web site; I do not have any information on whether this fact was known to fraudsters previously, nor do I have any information to suggest the documents were somehow mass-harvested (although a low-and-slow or distributed indexing of this data would not have been difficult for even a novice attacker).

    See Brian’s blogpost “First American Financial Corp. Leaked Hundreds of Millions of Title Insurance Records” for details.

  • We were down – but we’re now back up and limping

    Posted on May 24th, 2019 at 01:55 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    There was a gap of almost seven hours in posts. I still don’t know what happened, for sure – and we’re still missing some important pieces, like the list of most recent posts.

    Patience, please. But in the interim, post away! We’re all still here.

  • New forum for Win10 1903

    Posted on May 22nd, 2019 at 09:42 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    With its official release, it’s time to give Win10 version 1903 its own forum.

    Et viola:

  • Langalist: Common reasons for backup and imaging failures

    Posted on May 20th, 2019 at 02:10 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    So your backup didn’t, you know, back up. Why?

    As Fred Langa points out, that isn’t always an easy question. But he has answers.

    The latest LangaList out this morning in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.18.0.

  • New forum: Windows 7 beyond end-of-life

    Posted on May 16th, 2019 at 11:33 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    There’s a lot of interest in keeping Win7 going after January 2020. So I just set up a forum specifically for that concern:

    Win7 beyond End-of-life

    Please join us and let us know about best practices, recommendations, problems… you name it.

    Seven semper fi.

    Thx, CAO.

  • A quick status report on the Windows Secrets merge

    Posted on May 16th, 2019 at 06:00 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    We’ve officially finished merging posts that were in You should be able to find most (although, regrettably, not all) of them here. I’ve bumped our server allocation up by a factor of two or more, so the site should be quite spritely.

    ProTip: For now, you’ll find it much faster to search the site using Google; just put at the end of your search string. Yep, we’re working on it.

    For those of you with usernames brought over from Windows Secrets (they’re prefixed with “WS” as in “WSBillG”) and regular AskWoody account names, I can start merging your accounts. There’s no inherent advantage to having an account with or without the “WS.” But those of you with two active accounts may want to pull all your posts into one account, to make it easier to keep track of things. If you want to merge two (or more) accounts, from any source, please email me (, and tell me the usernames on the accounts.

    If you have a username that’s an email address, make sure the old email address account is the one that’s going to get obliterated in the merge. We’re still trying to stomp out usernames that are email addresses — for your privacy, if nothing else.

    Your MVPs have been hard at work making lots of changes, some of which you’ll see, many of which are behind the scenes. For example, you can now upload files attached to your posts (“Replies”) as long as they’re under 2 MB. Most filetypes are supported. All of them are scanned for malware.

    We’re also working on bringing over all of the old Windows Secrets Newsletters, and making them more easily available. Susan’s cooking up a new downloadable format for the Patch Watch lists. We’re going to try to tie together the Newsletter and Lounge efforts more tightly. Lots and lots of things.

    I’m going to wait a bit — let the changes stabilize — before tackling the next big effort: Redesigning the site. I really want to create a forum navigation pane that’s as good as the old Windows Secrets vBulletin-based listing. But it’s going to take time. When we’re ready to kick that effort off, I’ll let you know.

    I also plan to reinstate the free newsletters, which is a different kettle of fish entirely.

    Thanks, everybody. MVPs have helped enormously, and keep the site working. Plus members are footing the bill. We aren’t quite up to being financially stable, but that will come. And each of you reading, posting, asking and helping, are making it work.

    If you have any suggestions, I’m all ears.

  • The Windows Secrets merge is officially over

    Posted on May 14th, 2019 at 10:35 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    We’re still nipping at a few problems, but it looks like we survived swallowing the whale. We have more than a million posts on AskWoody now, going back to December 2000. With some notable exceptions, anything that was posted on Windows Secrets (and didn’t disappear during a site outage) should now appear here on AskWoody.

    We still have a long way to go. More about that soon.

    Thanks a whole lot to everybody involved — from the devs who pulled it off, to the AskWoody MVPs of various stripes, to the Windows Secrets admins and mods and MVPs who kept it all going for so many years. Thanks, too, to the support staff at Informa, who helped us in numerous ways.

    Let me know if you encounter any problems.

  • Patch Lady – so the a/v vendors are…

    Posted on May 14th, 2019 at 10:33 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    You remember the story about a hacker group claiming to have the source code and network access to three a/v vendors?

    Per Bleeping Computer the vendors appear to be Trend, Symantec and McAfee.


    And Concerning..