Online games put 50 million at risk!

Do you play games online? If so, you may be wide open to a major exploit! Yes... MAJOR!

The Steam games engine doesn't ask too much from the user. If something asks to use it, it gets to use it. Sounds simple... right?

The problem.. If you have a steam engine client installed in your browser, any website can trigger it to run! That and a few exploits can land you in hot water fast! Games like Half-Life 2 Counter-Strike, Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead, Nuclear Dawn, Smashball all use the steam engine.

How do you fix this mess? Well, the easiest way other than just uninstalling the client is to disable the plugin when you are not using the games. We highly suggest that you do that.

When will there be a fix? We don't know, but you should keep your defenses up in the mean time.

Stay safe! Read all about security issues on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/yourdatacenter


Posted on 22 Oct 2012, 10:56 - Category: Software and Security
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Major websites defaced via an internet registry!

A small group of major websites were hijacked over the weekend via an SQL injection attack on their net registry! In other words, no passwords were needed! Their domain records were instantly replaced via an attack request that was allowed by the net registry called NetNames due to very careless coding on their part.

FYI: This was done by a group of Turkish hackers.

Does this sound alarm bells? It should!

Here is a partial list of the websites that were targeted..

ups.com
theregister.co.uk
acer.com
telegraph.co.uk
betfair.com
vodafone.com
nationalgeographic.com

All of these major websites were targeted. No doubt there were more, but chances are we will never know the full extent of the compromise. We wish it were not that way, but you know as well as I do something has been or will be withheld.


DNS records were corrected within hours, but the damage that was done may be much greater. If you visited any one of these defaced websites you probably lost your trust in them and will not return so quickly. The long-term damage is major even if nothing was done to your computer during the visit to the rogue website.

The bigger question is, was anything done to your computer? Anti-virus software may uncover something, but it may miss some viruses all together. Be safe and scan your computer with several products. You never know what loaded if you have visited the rogue server. It might be a good idea to have an expert take a look at your computer. If you live on Long Island try this website address for help.. http://www.PcRepair-LI.com. This is our company and we will dispatch a technician to your home or office directly. We do this kind of work primarily in the evenings.

How do you feel about Internet security today? Are you safe? Is your company safe? Do you need to rethink things? Chances are you do, and chances are you are now saying, "who can I trust?".

Your Data Center has been doing network and Internet security in the Long Island and New York City area for years. We pride ourselves in our accurate and complete methods that are designed to thwart attacks and stop information breaches dead in their tracks before data theft occurs.

In your office, on your website, with your email or in your home.. Let us help you today! We are HIPAA and PCI DSS security experts.

Call Your Data Center at (516)256-DATA, (518)375-1YDC, (631)479-3345, (212)202-0482 or (877)302-8642 now. We look forward to your call.

You may also visit us on the web at http://www.mynetworkspecialist.com or http://www.yourdatacenter.com.

Posted on 6 Sep 2011, 11:51 - Category: Software and Security
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Adobe Flash Player 10.3

It is finally here! An Adobe Flash Player you can really configure!

Adobe released flash player version 10.3 on 5/11/2011. This update fixes several security issues and adds many enhancements!

This version finally adds configuration in the Windows control panel! This was lacking since the beginning. Along with the control panel configuration, you can now delete flash cookies! Until now those pesky tracking cookies in flash stayed there forever if the flash developer wanted them to.

So, what are you waiting for! Apply the patch to 10.3 + now at the following url http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/.

Thanks Adobe, for finally giving us something with real control. We think flash is far better than HTML5 video even without all of the new controls you have just provided to us.

Will our opinion change on this? Could be, but not at the moment. HTML5 is still in it's early stages of development and growth. Flash is king, at least for now..


Posted on 13 May 2011, 15:10 - Category: Software and Security
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