first_imgBy Hub City Times staffLOYAL – The Pittsville Panthers boys basketball team beat the Loyal Greyhounds in dramatic fashion, as the two teams met up on Jan. 5 at Loyal High School.The Greyhounds were down, 43-23, at halftime before Loyal made a 25-point run to put the game in reach. Loyal came within one point several times late in the second half before losing to Pittsville 68-65.Leading the scoring for Pittsville was Matthew Kissner with 24, followed by Sam Hardinger with 14, and Landyn Wayerski with 11.High scorers for Loyal were Quinn Brussow with 26 and Trevyn Wilke with 19.last_img read more

first_imgklint finley On September 14, 2009 New York Times readers were automatically redirected to a site hosting malmare thanks to an ad containing malicious code. On July 15 2010, TweetMeme was the victim of a similar attack and began sending its users to a “scareware” site. These are just two examples of “malvertising,” one of the fastest growing security threats on the web. It’s particularly scary because potentially any site with advertising could be a target, and users don’t even have to click the ads to trigger malware. Use a Mac? You could still fall victim to phishing scams perpetuated by malvertisers. Scary stuff. So what do you need to know?Malware Isn’t Just on “Sketchy” Sites AnymoreIn the past, users who didn’t frequent adult, gambling or other “sketchy” sites were relatively safe from harm. Now any site that contains third party content – even your own company’s web site – is at risk. Earlier this year, Dasient released a report identifying the top three security vulnerabilities enterprise web sites contain: advertising was one of the three, along with other third party content. According to ClickFacts CEO Michael Caruso, malware scammers are increasingly moving away from e-mail and buying advertising instead. An ad on a popular site can reach millions, and automated ad purchasing makes it easy to criminals to buy ads. According to Caruso, malvertisers will sometimes walk into offices impersonating legitimate buyers when automated systems aren’t available, and often pay for ads with fake or stolen credit cards.Malicous advertisements on search engine sponsored results and even organic search results is an increasing problem as well. Here’s an example of a sponsored search result found on GoogleBing by StopMalvertising.com: Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts Tags:#Analysis#enterprise#Trends Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Users who click the above ad are taken to a fake Adobe Flash web site where they are encouraged to download a malicious app.Curaso also notes that it’s become extremely easy for criminals with little technical proficiency to conduct malware campaigns as exploit kits are sold on the open market from servers in places like eastern Europe and China.Users Don’t Even Have to Click the Ads to Get InfectedAccording to Chris Larsen, head of Blue Coat‘s research lab, you don’t even need to actually click on the ads. Blue Coat documented one way this is done: a site can use JavaScript to call hidden iFrames which load PDFs containing code that exploits Adobe Reader vulnerabilities.Non-Windows Users Can Also be AffectedNon-Windows users can also be targeted by malvertising via phishing scams, though they will generally have to click on the ads served. Caruso told us about an instance of malvertising in which scammers bought ads that appeared to be from a major bank. Once users clicked through to the landing page, they collected bank account information from victims.Malware has Graduated from Nuisance to Serious ThreatLarsen says that in the past there were two type of IT threats. First, mass non-targeted attacks that force or trick users into downloading malware. These have traditionally been mere nuisances for IT to deal with, as the symptoms (fake AV notifications, pop-ups, etc.) become rapidly apparent. Second, highly targeted attacks which perpetrators may spend months researching. These are more dangerous because the perpetrators are looking for specific, valuable company information.The emergence of botnets has made malware into a serious threat. Compromised machines may not show any signs of infection, leaving backdoors wide open for exploitation. Larsen says it’s been suggested that since botnet operators sell their services on the black market, those attempting to target a specific company could approach botnets with a list of IP ranges and offer to purchase control of specific machines in order to get a foothold in a specific network.Patching will Protect YouHere’s the good news: according to Larsen, most malvertising targets well known exploits. Keeping your operating systems and software patched is the best way to prevent damage from attacks.Patch management is a notoriously labor intensive and thankless process, but as NSS Labs recently noted in a report it’s one of the most important steps IT can take to protect its users.Who’s Trying to Help?ClickFacts and Dasient both offer services to scan ad networks for malicious advertising. Dasient recently landed the ad network AdOn as a client, and ClickFacts counts News Corp as a customer. Last year, Google launchedanti-malvertising.com (not to be confused with StopMalvertising.com) to help ad networks identify malvertisers.One stumbling block security companies face, according to Larsen, is that ad networks tend to be secretive about how they serve ads in order to circumvent ad blockers. When ad networks aren’t forth coming, it can be difficult to determine how malware is being served up and how to block it.Caruso points out that companies shouldn’t be placing blame – instead ad networks, publishers and security companies need to work together to solve the problem. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#NYT#voice#web Related Posts audrey watters 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Although Steve Ballmer insisted that Microsoft would continue to support Skype on non-Microsoft platforms when it acquired the VOIP company earlier this month, it looks as though that may not necessarily be the case. And the first casualty seems to be Skype’s integration with Asterisk, an open source telephony platform.Digium, the open source project’s maintainer, has informed its users that Skype for Asterisk will no longer be available for sale or activation after July 26. According to the notification, Skype has opted not to renew the agreement that allows Digium to utilize Skype’s proprietary software in order to turn the open source Asterisk into a native Skype client.Existing users of Skype for Asterisk won’t be immediately affected. “Representatives of Skype have assured us that they will continue to support and maintain the Skype for Asterisk software for a period of two years thereafter, as specified in the agreement with Digium,” the memo reads, adding that users of Skype for Asterisk will be able to continue using Asterisk on the Skype network until at least July 26, 2013.Although ReadWriteWeb editor Richard MacManus argued that Skype’s acquisition by Microsoft could take the VOIP service “to the next level” with integration in Windows mobile devices and with Xbox and Kinect gaming systems, it appears that the new frontier for Skype may be inhospitable for open source.CRN reports that open source telephony has seen steady growth lately, as companies have soft lower-cost but feature-rich solutions, with open-source PBX systems accounting for almost 20% of all PBX sales in North America. As ReadWriteWeb’s Dan Rowinski recently noted, Microsoft’s acquisition plans for Skype may include deep integration of the VOIP service into its Lync communications platform – a platform that is certainly a competitor to the open source Asterisk.last_img read more

first_imgThe Intel Small Business profile series focuses on small business owners and how they are reacting to the demands and opportunities presented by emergent technology.“The best karaoke experience is simply about connecting with friends and singing together. At Voicebox that means private suites, an inviting space, exciting food and drink, and exceptional service.”When Voicebox Karaoke opened its doors in 2008, the purpose was solely to bring a more personalized touch to karaoke. Scott Simon, founder and president of Voicebox, wanted to bring an Asian-influenced box style to Portland, OR karaoke aficionados, and the business caught on fast. With a total of 13 employees last year, Voicebox now staffs over 25 and is only continuing to grow as it expands its locations and its partnerships via Voicebox Industries. They cater to a clientele as vast as children’s birthday parties and bachelorette parties, witnessing a variety in customer-base on an hour-to-hour, day-by-day basis. And for Simon, technology represents the heart of the his brand experience.Voicebox is a small business with a big IT footprint; its current infrastructure is almost entirely dependent upon internet — right down to the POS system — and the entire guest experience revolves around technology. Each room is its own devoted karaoke stage, complete with multiple televisions, disco lights, several microphones, and remote-controlled song selection. The interactive tech that serves to build a greater sense of connectedness has proven to be the key selling point for Voicebox, so Simon considers himself lucky that all the business founders are technically-savvy.With no designated IT person to date, Simon and his fellow executives have embraced a DIY mindset until recently, at which point they decided to enlist a third party to help field the growth the business is currently undergoing. One of the main challenges Simon faces today is the rate at which his tech must scale alongside his business; the hunt for a partner who can grow with the complex demands of Voicebox has been challenging, and Simon has turned to Intel to alleviate his current needs.Voicebox is powered by the Intel NUC for a computing solution that’s low in overhead but high in performance. They also recommend and install Intel NUC for their Voicebox Industries partners. “The combination of power and form-factor in the NUC is exactly what we were looking for. Having the Intel name behind it and the quality of the build is a big thing for us. The construction quality has been really good,” states Simon. And as the business continues to grow, he imagines Intel technology will remain a core part of his infrastructure. “Creating value is a virtue,” says Simon.For Simon, the ultimate competitive edge has been derived from investing in technology that will create value and a better human experience. Rather than saving on the initial investment, he prefers to embrace emerging technology that will challenge legacy systems and bring about a greater guest experience. If you’re a small business owner focusing on long-term goals, saving money in the short-term — such as retaining old systems for fear of wasting money on new solutions — can lead to losing money in the long-term.Here at Intel, we recognize that more and more small businesses are dealing with greater IT footprints yet lack to staff to oversee increasing demand. Every day, we continue to build our resources for small business owners hunting for that perfect solution.To continue the conversation and stay up to date on the latest Intel Small Business profile, follow us at @EmpowerSmallbiz or use #IntelSmallBiz.last_img read more

first_img Funeral remarks point to a non-suicidal Conrad Howell Residents in disbelief over Howell autopsy findings Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 02 Oct 2015 – On Saturday, the author of the national song of the Turks and Caicos Islands – Reverend Dr. Conrad Howell – will be laid to rest. Tonight, there will be a ‘Night of Brass Tribute’ at the Church of God of Prophecy in Blue Hills at 7pm for the late pastor, who was found dead in bushes near his home on September 12; the circumstances of his demise remain mysterious.‘This Land of Ours’, performed by Clement Howell High School’s choir, is the unofficial national song and accompanies ‘God Save our Queen,’ the official national anthem of the country at every major event and special ceremony. It was written in 1995, and while it was never officially adopted, the National Song gained popularity particularly during the Michael Misick administration.The funeral service for Rev Dr. Conrad Howell will be held at Paradise Baptist Church in Five Cays; Howell was 53 years old when he died. Recommended for you Related Items:conrad howell, laid Conrad Howell toxicology results still pendinglast_img read more