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  • DEC
    10

    Stop Using 2 Easily hacked Netgear Models--US CERT Warns

    Bad news for consumers with Netgear routers: Two popular Netgear routers are vulnerable to a critical security bug that could allow attackers to run malicious code with root privileges.

    Netgear's R7000 and R6400 routers, running current and latest versions of firmware, are vulnerable to arbitrary command injection attacks, though the number of users affected by the flaw is still unclear.
     

    In an advisory published on Friday in Carnegie Mellon University's public vulnerability database (CERT), security researchers said that all an attacker needs to do is trick a victim into visiting a website that contains specially crafted malicious code to exploit the flaw.

    As soon as the victim lands on the page, the malicious commands would execute automatically with root privileges on affected routers.

    A working exploit leveraging the vulnerability has also been publicly released so that anyone can carry out attacks against the vulnerable routers.

    Researchers warned that other router models might also be affected by the vulnerability, advising Netgear users to stop using the routers until a patch is released.
     

    Your router could be compromised with no fixed release date for a patch. So, CERT strongly recommended Netgear users to "consider discontinuing use" of the affected routers until a patch is made available.
  • DEC
    10

    New bug in Windows causes WiFi issues

    Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 10 users along with some Windows 8 and Windows 7 users are having difficulty connecting to networks particullarly WiFi networks after an unspecified update broke some computers.

     Although the vast majority of Wi-Fi problem reports come from Win10 version 1607 systems, there are other reports of the same problem on Win 7 and 8.1 PCs using domain-connected and not-connected systems with a wide array of ISPs, routers, and network cards.

    Speculation at this point says the disconnect results when a machine performs a fast startup, setting the machine's IP address to 169.x.x.x. It's an old problem, but somehow it's come back in  in the past few days. 

     

    If you experience problems getting your computer to connect the simple way to temporarily fix the problem is to go to the start button and click on restart computer.  After a restart the networking should begin to work properly again.

  • OCT
    03

    Devices That Can Be Compromised by Botnet Malware

    Below is a partial list of consumer devices that are vulnerable to be compromised by BotNet Malware.  If you have any of these devices it is recommended that you disable them until you can secure them.  These devices can be compromised even behind a firewall or router as most use UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) which can make them visible outside of your router. To see if UPnP is exposing your devices to the internet please go to Steve Gibson's SHEILDS UP UPnP Test Page

     

    If you have any questions please contact SkyWerx Support at (970) 731-9790 ext 102 or create a support ticket at www.skywerxsupport.com

  • SEP
    09

    Skywerx Network Upgrades

    In the past couple of months Skywerx has begun major upgrades of the capacity of our network and tower locations.

    On the network side:

    • Increase of capacity on our fiber link from Colorado Springs to Alamosa
    • Installation of new 40Gbs fiber network to Albuqurque from Durango
    • We now have three independent upstream fiber connections with multiple carriers
    • Provisioning of 10Gbs fiber link from Pagosa to Durango
    • Increase of capacity on our Microwave network from Alamosa to Durango

     

    On the customer side:

    • New power and networking gear at our towers
    • New billing system with better customer interface and security
    • New support portal
    • Deployment of new LTE technology rolling out at our towers
    • Added redundancy on the customer facing network
    • Proactive upgrades of customer equipment to new technologies

     

    Please check back for more exciting announcements from Skywerx coming soon this Fall for new service areas and service upgrades around Pagosa, Bayfield and Durango.  We are working as fast as we can so we can provide you with the best internet in the area.

    If you have any questions please submit a support ticket