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Winxnet Named to Best Places to Work in Maine List
SEPTEMBER 1, 2017

Winxnet receives honor for the sixth consecutive year

PORTLAND, Maine - Winxnet, an IT outsourcing and consulting firm headquartered in Portland, was recently named as one of the 2017 Best Places to Work in Maine for the sixth consecutive year. The awards program was created in 2006 and is a project of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) - Maine State Council and Best Companies Group. Partners endorsing the program include: Mainebiz, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce and Maine HR Convention.

"It is an honor to be named to the Best Places to Work in Maine list for the sixth year in a row", said CEO Chris Claudio. "Last year, Winxnet was ranked 5th in the Medium Employer Category which was both exciting and humbling. We have a fantastic group of people at all of our offices and this award is a testimony to their hard work, commitment and outstanding service to our customers."

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BlueBorne - A New Type of Malware
Postedon 9/18/2017 2:16:19 PM by Dr. Eugene Slobodzian

A new malware attack, dubbed BlueBorne, is spreading and could potentially expose millions to devices of remote attack. BlueBorne is an attack on devices with Bluetooth connections to penetrate and take control of these devices.

Any iPhones running iOS 10 are immune to the attack, and Microsoft deployed a patch in July. Android devices are the most vulnerable however, Google says it sent a patch to device manufacturers in August, but when the fix gets to phones is out of their control.

What is the risk with BlueBorne? By spreading through the air, BlueBorne targets the weakest spot in the networks' defense. Bluetooth has privileges on all operating systems, misusing it provides virtually full control over the device.

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Defray - New Ransomware Attack Targeting Healthcare and Education Industries
Posted on 9/15/2017 12:13:04 PM by Dr. Eugene Slobodzian

Recently, an emerging ransomware attack called "Defray" was discovered, targeting healthcare and education industries.

Proofpoint threat researchers analyzed Defray Ransomware and observed only two small and selectively targeted attacks distributing this ransomware. One was primarily aimed at Healthcare and Education verticals, another targeted Manufacturing and Technology verticals.

Proofpoint researchers stated that the distribution of Defray had several notable characteristics:
  • Defray is currently being spread via Microsoft Word documents attached in emails
  • The geographic targeting is in the US and the UK only
  • Defray is primarily targeting Healthcare and Education verticals
  • The recipients are individuals of distribution lists such as group@ and websupport@
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In this issue:
September 2017
Winxnet Named to Best Places to Work in Maine List
BlueBorne - A New Type of Malware
Defray - New Ransomware Attack Targeting Healthcare and Education Industries
Upcoming Events:

2017 Spurwink Humanitarian Awards
When: Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 6PM to 9:30PM
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2017 Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice Autumn Night Out
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2017 Mitchell Institute Gala
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2017 Wayside 5K4Kids
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On the Moves:

Vince Cantrell - Senior Field Technician
Vince recently joined Winxnet as a Senior Field Technician in the Chattanooga, Tennessee office. Vince previously worked for It Is Written, Inc. as their IT Manager, where he handled many aspects of Information Technology for the international organization. His vast experience across a wide range of IT-related fields from management to web and systems administration will help Winxnet continue to grow its growing client base.


About Winxnet
Providing innovative IT solutions since 1999, Winxnet is a leader in IT outsourcing and consulting, software development, and strategic technical advisory services to the private and public sectors. With offices throughout the Eastern United States, Winxnet provides a broad reach with local expertise.
 
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