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Meltdown and Spectre Alert

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It seems we are sending these emails much too often these days, but yet another set of vulnerabilities have been found affecting basically every computer out there from Windows to Apple to Linux, as these particular vulnerabilities target the CPU or “brain” of your computer. These vulnerabilities have been reported in the mainstream media as “Meltdown” and “Spectre”

Microsoft released patches for Meltdown yesterday. We are in the process of rolling these out to our internal systems as we speak. If all goes well with our systems we will be rolling out the patches to all of our CompleteCare or other managed patching clients in the next couple of days.

As for Spectre, this one is a hardware vulnerability which is a lot harder to fix than a software patch, we await further information from Intel and other CPU manufacturers on how they will be addressing this issue and we will let you know more as further information becomes available.

Here are a couple of articles if you would like to know more:
https://www.pcworld.com/article/3245606/security/intel-x86-cpu-kernel-bug-faq-how-it-affects-pc-mac.html
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/security-flaws-put-virtually-all-phones-computers-at-risk/ar-BBHQ0UL?li=BBnbcA1

More technical details about the vulnerability can be found at https://spectreattack.com .

This is yet another reminder to be extremely vigilant about what links you click on, in social media and in banner ads on websites especially.

Even if you get an email with a link or attachment from someone that you know, if you were not expecting it, contact that person and make sure it was sent by them. Many of these attacks utilize software that will attempt to impersonate an email user and send an email to everyone in their contact list.

As always thanks for choosing Weston and Happy New Year!

Eric Spinney
Service Manager
Weston Technology Solutions

Tagged in: Hardware Security

KRACK Attacks Wireless Vulnerability

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krackattacksOn Monday a research paper released that discussed how an attacker could compromise the WPA2 wireless encryption mechanism. This vulnerability has been dubbed Key Reinstallation Attack (KRACK), aka Krack Attack. While this attack is especially effective against Linux and Android client devices, the paper goes on to describe that any device using the standard WPA2 wireless security is vulnerable and should be patched.

This is a dangerous vulnerability. In its current state, it is very difficult to execute and needs to have a very close physical presence to the wireless network being compromised. That being said, once code is released for this vulnerability, it’s only a matter of time before exploiting it becomes easier.

Tagged in: Security

Happy Labor Day

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Weston's offices will be closed on Monday, September 4th, 2017, for the Labor Day holiday.

Emergency support for network down work stoppages is available for our CompleteCare clients by calling your local Weston office and following the telephone prompts to contact the after-hours consultant (emergency/holiday rates may apply):

  • Bend: (541) 383-2340
  • Anchorage: (907) 375-8324
  • Spokane: (509) 228-7718

Weston wishes all of you a safe, enjoyable, and memorable Labor Day Weekend!

Upcoming Eclipse May Cause On-Site Delays

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last year or so, you’re probably well aware that a total eclipse is hitting the US on August 21, 2017. Weston’s main office is in Bend, Oregon, which is very close to the path of totality. Central Oregon is expected to get a massive influx of visitors, possibly hundreds of thousands of folks or more (depending on which news story you read).

Weston’s offices will be open normal office hours throughout August. However, if your company is in Central Oregon and we need to make an on-site visit to your offices, there will likely be a delay on the days leading up to, during, and after the eclipse (August 17 through August 23) because of congestion on the roads. If it’s a regularly scheduled appointment, we may need to reschedule because of traffic delays (we will contact you to reschedule). Traffic is already starting to get busy within the city limits of Bend, likely to only get worse as we approach August 21.

If you have any questions or concerns, or if you already know that your office is going to be closed during the eclipse, please contact us at or giving us a call at (541) 383-2340.

Happy Independence Day from Weston

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Weston's offices will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th, 2017, for the Independence Day holiday. 

Emergency support is available for our CompleteCare and WestonEssentials clients by calling your local Weston office and following the telephone prompts to contact the after-hours consultant (emergency/holiday rates may apply):

  • Bend: (541) 383-2340
  • Anchorage: (907) 375-8324
  • Spokane: (509) 228-7718

Weston wishes all of you a safe, enjoyable, and memorable Fourth of July holiday.