Friday Feature: Meet Merritt

This is Merritt. He is part of our Instant Support Group. He's a cool guy and an even cooler member of the Leading IT team.

I was born in…
Mahopac, NY (fun fact: they had a real referendum on how its’ spelled)

What do you do at Leading IT?
I’m on the frontlines of the Instant Support Group so I talk to the customers, answer questions.

Wave of Payroll Direct Deposit Phishing Attacks

Lexology had an excellent post from Ogletree Deakins by Rebecca J. Bennett and Danielle Vanderzanden, related to a crafty new phishing scam they warned about and that you should be aware of, because it has bad guys in real-time behind it, reinforcing the scam with quick answers via email.

New Year, New Tech Meltdown

News this week: You may be seeing headlines and emails regarding CPU flaws and vulnerabilities named Meltdown and Spectre. As always, we are aware and working on it.

Meltdown and Spectre are CPU hardware design flaws that we techies understand. In a nutshell, Meltdown breaks the isolation between the user app and the operating system, so the app can do a memory dump and steal any data in it.

Another worldwide cyberattack called GoldenEye (not the videogame)

Meet the sequel to WannaCry, the wide-ranging ransomware attack that crippled businesses around the globe last month. A wave of ransomware attacks spread like wildfire on Tuesday. Many Microsoft Windows-based computers—specifically, ones not protected against a vulnerability in a Microsoft messaging protocol called SMB-1—began seizing up worldwide, locking employees out of their desktops, and displaying ransom notes.