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Multiple Netgear Routers are Vulnerable (VU#582384)

According to US-CERT (part of the Department of Homeland Security), Netgear R6200, R6250, R6400, R6700, R6900, R7000, R7100LG, R7300, R7900, R8000, D6220, and D6400 routers, and possibly other models, are vulnerable to arbitrary command injection. If you use one of the vulnerable Netgear routers, we recommend that you apply an update provided by Netgear, or discontinue use and replace the vulnerable device.

Please dispose of old electronics responsibly using available recycling/disposal services including those provided by Virginia Localities Offering eCycling Services and Staples Recycling Services.

Review US-CERT’s Vulnerability Note VU#582384 for more details. Refer to Netgear’s Security Advisory for VU 582384, PSV-2016-0245 for more details, instructions, and links to available firmware updates to install on certain vulnerable models.

Contact Netgear Support or a local computer shop for assistance with installing Netgear router firmware updates. Be sure to mention the Netgear Security Advisory for VU 582384, PSV-2016-0245.

[Updated 4/7/16] Avoid Tech Support Scams

[Update 4/7/2016] On April 5 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released an alert on tech-support themed telephone scams.

This is a reminder to avoid falling for Tech Support Scams.

Tech Support Scams, typically, involve someone cold calling a potential victim, saying they are with a trusted organization or company, such as Microsoft or Windows, and warning that their computer is malfunctioning or infected with a dangerous virus. Then the caller (scammer) offers to help by having the victim download software, or remotely connecting to the victim’s computer, to fix the problem.

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D-Link Router Security Issue

Vulnerabilities have recently been discovered that affect certain models of D-Link broadband routers. If you are using one of the affected models you should take steps to update the firmware of your router with the security patch provided by D-Link, or replace the device.

The list of affected D-Link router models can be found in CERT Vulnerability Note VU#248083 or in D-Link’s page on the issue. D-Link’s page says that firmware updates should be available by the 31st of October, 2013.

An example photo of a D-Link DI-524 wireless router (one of the affected models) can be found here.

If your D-Link model IS NOT listed as affected then you DO NOT need to take any action.

You should not continue to operate a vulnerable D-Link router because it will put your computers and personal information at risk.

If you would like to replace an affected D-Link device, and you would like to purchase a replacement router from Widomaker, please call, or e-mail, our office to discuss the available options.

Internet Explorer 0-Day Vulnerability

There is a zero-day vulnerability that has been discovered and in the wild exploiting Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (7, 8, and 9). Due to this, it would be a good idea to switch web browsers for a few weeks until security updates can be released for Internet Explorer. Also, make sure your anti-virus software is up-to-date.

The following are several other web broswers you can install and use:

  • Mozilla Seamonkey – Seamonkey is an all-in-one internet application suite containing an Internet browser, email & newsgroup client with an included web feed reader, HTML editor, IRC chat and web development tools.
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Opera

Internet-Wide Protests Against the Blacklist Legislation ( #SOPA #PIPA )

When you browse The Web on Wednesday, January, 18th, you will notice that many popular sites will be displaying messages protesting the dangerous censorship legislation currently pending in Congress (#SOPA #PIPA) instead of their regular content. Sites such as Google, Wikipedia, and many others. January 18th, 2012, may be the date of the largest online protest to occur so far in Internet history. Please take the time to learn more about this important issue that effects all Internet users. See the links below for more information and actions you can take…


http://blacklist.eff.org/

http://americancensorship.org/
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/12/fight-blacklist-toolkit-anti-sopa-activists

Help Stop The Internet Censorship Bill

no_censorship_buttonCongress is about to pass Internet censorship, even though the vast majority of Americans are opposed. We need to kill the bill to protect our rights to free speech, privacy, and prosperity.

The Senate is scheduled to vote on the internet censorship bill on Tuesday, January 24th 2012, and unless we can find 41 senators to block the vote, it is going to pass…

Can you meet with your senators during the January recess and ask them to vote it down? Visit http://americancensorship.org/ before January 24th to help.

Here is a helpful guide to In-Person Meetings with Your Congressional Representatives provided by the EFF.

Say “NO” to Internet Censorship

no_censorship_buttonThe US Congress is considering America’s first system for censoring the Internet. Despite public outcry, the Internet Censorship bill could pass at any time. If it does, the Internet and free speech will never be the same.

SAY “NO” TO INTERNET CENSORSHIP

Please take a few minutes to learn more and contact your elected officials to oppose the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). Use the links below…

http://americancensorship.org/

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/11/protect-ip-act-very-real-very-bad-call-now-block-it

https://wfc2.wiredforchange.com/o/9042/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=8173

Learn more about these and similar issues by visiting the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

This video helps to explain the issues with these bills…

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