Issue # 39 | May 5, 2017
This Week's Technology News
This week a large scale phishing attack pretending to be from someone sharing a Google Doc has emerged and caused a a full scale panic. We also learned that the ransomware threat is only growing worse. 

Microsoft has finally news that their long rumored Chrome OS competitor is arriving. 
New Google Doc Phishing Scam
 A dangerous email phishing scam started making the rounds today. Employees at organizations that use Google for email, as well as thousands of personal Gmail customers are all reporting the same scam.

It starts with an email from a known contact, which says that the person has shared a Google Doc with you. You’re invited to click the link to open, which redirects you to a legitimate Google sign-in page. You’re prompted to select one of your Google accounts (remember: this is all using Google’s normal sign-in system), and then authorize a legit-looking app called “Google Docs” to manage your emails.

That’s how the scam works: the app called “Google Docs,” which requests permission to read, send and delete emails, isn’t really a Google app. Rather, it’s an app controlled by the hackers. It seems that once it has permission to manage your email, it secretly sends out a bunch of emails to all your contacts, with the same phishing link.

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Ransomware Rises
Ransomware attacks have increased by  50% since 2016 reports Verizon. This is bad news for all of us.

Additional reports also recently reported that cyber-criminals have increasingly shifted from going after individuals to attacking entire organizations. Government organizations were the most frequent target of these ransomware attacks, followed by health care businesses and financial services.

 Instances of ransomware attacks have grown along with the market for bitcoin, the digital currency that is most commonly how cyber-criminals demand ransoms.
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Facebook's New Reactions
Facebook has now brought reactions to comments.

New reactions have started to show up in comments for desktop users. It works the same as reacting to a News Feed post: just hover over the Like button in a comment, and choose from any of the six options. That should save you some time if someone wrote a funny comment and you can’t be bothered to type out “haha.” 

The feature doesn’t appear to be live on mobile yet, but I imagine it won’t be long.

 Facebook brought reactions to Messenger a little over a month ago, so with today’s update, Facebook now lets you react to almost anything. The only thing that’s missing is the ability to react to reactions themselves, and then you’ll never have to type again.
Windows 10 S Arrives
Microsoft has just launched a very different version of its  Windows operating system.

It’s being compared to Chrome OS, a simple, web-focused desktop operating system created by Google.

The device runs Windows 10 S, a new version of Windows 10. In previous leaks, it’s been called Windows 10 Cloud OS.

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The Web Browser Wars
 What is your default web browser? Even though we’re spoiled for choice, the majority of us stick to the tried and tested major players. Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Microsoft Edge own the lion’s share of the web browser market. But just because a browser has the most users, it doesn’t necessarily or automatically make it the best.
Choosing a web browser is difficult. You have to take several points into consideration. How does it integrate with your technology ecosystem? What can the extensions and add-ons do for you? Is it fast? Is it safe? How much power does the browser use?

William Mann | Borough of West Chester | wmann@west-chester.com | www.wctechblog.com