Windows 2003 Reaches End-Of-Life Date: Here We Go Again

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Although Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP on April 8, 2014, many businesses are still scrambling to remove Windows XP systems from their networks, causing headaches for everyone. IT has been busy getting new machines ready and making sure business applications won’t experience disruptions, compliance managers are trying to determine what the repercussions may be, and employees are struggling to learn how to use the new operating systems. And yet, the nightmare continues.

On July 14, 2015, another Microsoft system reaches its end-of-life date, meaning Microsoft will no longer develop or release updates for Windows 2003 Server/R2, leaving it exposed to identified vulnerabilities and putting organizations out of compliance with most regulatory standards in the event the operating system is still in use after the end-of-support date. Read more here

 

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Bitcoin Exchange Service Bitstamp Reports Security Breach

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Bitcoin exchange service Bitstamp has suspended its services after its wallet system was compromised to the tune of more than $5 million dollars. This is one of many security breaches involving Bitcoin exchange services, which has caused a few of the largest services to close their doors.

Once Bitstamp realized that it had been compromised, it immediately suspended all exchange services. Bitstamp says the breach affected only a fraction of its total Bitcoin reserves and that any exchanges made prior to the service suspension are safe. Still, the Bitstamp breach reminds us that virtual currencies have a ways to go and that Bitcoin-based businesses may not be prepared to mitigate these attacks without affecting their customers. Read more.

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