With what is (or was by now?) hurricane Idalia crossing past my house today, I decided to write a quick summary of what I usually do in cases like this to prepare. This is for a home office or a small business, assuming you have the resources for a typical home.
Source: SANS Internet Storm Center
The Justice Department today announced a multinational operation involving actions in the United States, France, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Romania, and Latvia to disrupt the botnet and malware known as Qakbot and take down its infrastructure. 
On August 29th, 2023, the FBI provided Have I Been Pwned (HIBP) with 6.43M email addresses to help notify impacted victims of their exposure to the Qakbot malware. Anyone may check to see if their email address is included in the list of victims of the Qakbot malware via the HIBP notification service.
We recommend that everyone subscribes to the free notification service provided by Have I Been Pwned (HIBP) which can notify you if your email address is found in certain data breaches, including being in the Qakbot data.
Qakbot relied on compromised accounts to spread its malicious emails. If a receiver interacted with one of these emails, it is highly likely that their device became infected. As a result, they would have become part of the Qakbot botnet. 
If you find that your email address is in the Qakbot data, meaning your computer was probably infected with the malware, you should take several actions, including resetting your email password, and resetting any other passwords that were used on the infected computer (banking, shopping, etc.). Also, it’s possible your computer is infected with other additional malware, it should be scanned by a reputable antivirus/anti-malware product such as Malwarebytes or Windows Defender. Since Qakbot targets, among other things, banking/financial details, you should carefully review bank statements for unauthorized transactions and report any you find to your financial institution.
We suspect that some people might ask be asking themselves: “who uses a local email client in 2023. Doesn’t everybody use webmail these days?”
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Source: Weather.gov on Your Mobile Phone
What is a Phishing Password Compromise?
A phishing password compromise occurs when an attacker tricks you into revealing your login credentials, such as your username and password, through a phishing attack. Once the attacker has your login credentials, they can access your account and steal sensitive information or use your account for malicious purposes.
What is Email Phishing?
Email phishing is a type of cyber attack where the attacker sends a fraudulent email to trick the recipient into revealing sensitive information, such as login credentials or financial information. Phishing emails can be very convincing and may appear to come from a legitimate source, such as a bank or a popular online service.
This type of devastating scheme ensnares victims and takes them for all they’re worth—and the threat is only growing.
This is just a reminder that Two Factor Authentication (2FA) is available to protect widomaker.com personal email accounts, and Hosted Email Pro Enhanced Email accounts. Contact us if you need help enabling 2FA.
Multiple Netgear router models contain vulnerabilities that a remote attacker can exploit to take control of an affected device. Widomaker does not provide Netgear routers with our service, however, many of our customers may have purchased one, themselves, to use with their Internet service. If you are using one of the affected Netgear models, you should update or replace the device, immediately. Please continue reading to determine if your Netgear router model is affected…