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A problem with the audio drivers on certain HP notebooks has resulted in all keystrokes entered being recorded to a plain text file. HP has released a fix for this on HP.com and via Windows Updates. If you have an HP notebook listed in this article, we suggest installing updated audio drivers via Windows Update as soon as possible.
Wcry, a new strand of ransomware that makes use of vulnerabilities discovered in the Vault 7 NAS leaks, has been spreading quickly enough that Microsoft has actually released patches for older, unsupported versions of Windows including XP and Vista to prevent it’s spread. This crypto variant has severely crippled England’s health case services systems and is spreading quickly. More details can be found at this Ars Technica article. If you are still running outdated versions of Windows, please be sure to apply these patches, and once again move to a modern, supported platform as soon as possible. While this exploit was patched on older systems, there are many known exploits which have not been fixed.
A critical security vulnerability has been announced effecting many Intel systems dating as far back as 2008. Details on the issue can be found in the included link. We can assist in patching vulnerable systems or mitigating the vulnerability on systems that are not going to receive a patch from the manufacturer. Please contact us to discuss the issue and setup an appointment to assess your systems for the vulnerability and to implement a fix.
Update 5/6/2017: More information about how the vulnerability is being used, and it’s severity is coming out. See this article at Ars Technica for details.