Comcast Nationwide Outage caused by Level 3

Comcast Has A Nationwide Internet Outage – November 6th, 2017

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Apparently, the Internet outage that caused users from as widespread as Boston, Birmingham, Spokane and Seattle – in other words, the entire country, was caused by a router configuration error by one of Comcast’s backbone carriers Level 3. Comcast, of course, has made no (or little) comment about this significant outage. Interestingly RCN, who was also impacted, quickly re-routed their traffic over another backbone to minimize the outage to their customers – one wonders why Comcast was not able to do so as well.

Outages such as this demonstrate how important it can be to have a backup Internet provider for your business, which can reduce your downtime in the case that one of the providers has an issue.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/11/07/comcast-internet-outage-level-3-route-leak/

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PC World is out with a new roundup of the best AntiVirus software available for 2017. Having a current subscription to a high-quality AntiVirus solution is a critical component to keeping your computer and your data secure.

9 WordPress Plugins Targeted in Coordinated 4.5-Year Spam Campaign

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Wordfence.com published an interesting article today, detailing an investigation they undertook uncovering how spammers had compromised a number of plugins commonly used on WordPress websites.

WordFence spent considerable effort in investigating the activities of the compromised plugins and tracing them to their source. Their investigation originally focused on the Display Widget plugin, but ultimately uncovered eight other plugins that allowed spammers to post to websites, serve unwanted / unauthorized content from ad networks, and serve spam.

The article is worth reading if you use WordPress on your website. Take a look at the article on WordFence’s website here:

Recent ‘Microsoft’ Phishing Scam Surge

Warning: Microsoft Email Phishing Scam

LightWire’s clients have seen a remarkable increase in ‘Phishing’ emails, specifically email messages that appear to come from Microsoft.

These scam email messages are targeting companies that use Microsoft’s Office 365 platform, and are designed to look like an alert coming from Microsoft’s systems, requesting that the user reset a password, confirm that their account should not be de-activated, or some other action that would ultimately result in a user providing the scammer with account information.

Here are two samples of what these phishing email messages might look like:

Office 365 Phishing Scam Email Message

Example of a scam messages pretending to be from Microsoft Office 365

 

SharePoint Phishing Scam Email Message

Example of a fake email message pretending to be from Microsoft’s SharePoint Platform

Microsoft would not send out email messages like this – if you receive one and are not sure if it is real or fake, ask your IT professional to take a look – whatever you do, don’t just click on it and provide your account information!

Boston Collegiate Charter School

Welcome Boston Collegiate Charter School!

LightWire is thrilled to welcome Boston Collegiate Charter School (www.bostoncollegiate.org) as a new LightShield managed services client.

Ranked in 2015 as the 3rd best high school in Massachusets, Boston Collegiate has both a middle school campus and a high school campus. LightWire looks forward to managing Boston Collegiate’s IT infrastructure and assisting the school administrators and teachers in helping their students achieve amazing success in school!