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Winxnet Named One of 2017 Tech Elite Solution Providers by CRN

Tech Elite 250 list recognizes IT solution providers with deep technical expertise and premier certifications

PORTLAND, Maine - Winxnet announced today that CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Winxnet to its 2017 Tech Elite 250 list. This annual list honors an exclusive group of North American IT solution providers that have earned the highest number of advanced technical certifications from leading technology vendors, scaled to their company size.

"It is a privilege to be recognized on CRN's Tech Elite 250 list for the third consecutive year," said Chris Claudio, CEO of Winxnet. "This is a testament to our technical expertise as well as the dedication, hard work, and integrity of our people."

To compile the annual list, The Channel Company's research group and CRN editors work together to identify the most customer-beneficial technical certifications in the North American IT channel. Solution providers that have obtained these elite designations--which enable them to deliver premium products, services and customer support--are then selected from a pool of online applicants.

"This exclusive, ambitious group of solution providers boasts some of the most advanced IT certifications available from top technology suppliers," said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. "They have adapted impressively to major changes in the IT channel, especially the shift to a more services-driven market, by expanding their skill sets and sharpening both their technical and customer service expertise. Congratulations to our 2017 list, whose robust investment in their organizations has earned them yet another elite designation--the CRN Tech Elite 250."

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SMB Vulnerability Best Practices
Posted on 3/6/2017 8:47:31 AM by Dr. Eugene Slobodzian

In response to public reporting of a potential Server Message Block (SMB) vulnerability last month, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) is recommending that organizations disable older versions of the Windows SMB protocol and use firewall rules to provide added protection.

SMB is widely used in Microsoft operating systems to provide access to files at a remote server as well as other resources. Version 1 of that protocol was used on the older operating systems. The US-CERT says administrators should disable SMB v1 and block all SMB traffic at network boundaries as a precaution. By default, his service is universally available for Windows systems, and could allow a remote attacker to obtain sensitive information. While incoming SMB traffic is most likely already blocked at the firewall (ingress), administrators should explicitly forbid this traffic going from internal hosts to the Internet (egress).

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Two Russian Spies Charged for Massive Yahoo Breach
Posted on 3/23/2017 8:51:58 AM by Dr. Eugene Slobodzian

In late 2016, I wrote a brief post about how one billion Yahoo accounts were hacked. Last December Yahoo revealed that it suffered a security breach back in 2013 that compromised more than one billion accounts. This, however, is different than the breach that occurred in September of 2014 where over 500 million user accounts had been hacked. These two attacks are the largest breaches of one company's computer network.

Last week, the US government charged two Russian spies and two criminal hackers. All four were involved with the 2014 Yahoo hack that compromised about 500 million Yahoo user accounts.

In this hack they managed to get a hold of a secret directory that contained Yahoo usernames, encrypted passwords, security questions and answers, and other important information. Then the hackers used this sensitive data to ‘fool' Yahoo servers into thinking the bad guys' web browsers were already logged into Yahoo's online services. This technique is called cookie stealing.

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In this issue:
March 2017
Winxnet Named One of 2017 Tech Elite Solution Providers by CRN
SMB Vulnerability Best Practices
Two Russian Spies Charged for Massive Yahoo Breach
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