Hackers used Microsoft Word Bug for Months

Hackers used Microsoft Word Bug for Months
A bug in Microsoft Word was exploited by hackers for months before it was eventually fixed, according to security researchers. The flaw allowed attackers to take control of a computer via malicious document files.

The zero-day, or previously undetected, vulnerability was patched earlier this month. However, it has since emerged that Microsoft was told about it in October, nearly six months ago. A report from the Reuters news agency notes that security researcher Ryan Hanson at Optiv first discovered the problem in July 2016.

Microsoft could have notified customers to make a change to settings in Word that would have prevented the vulnerability from being exploited – but that would also have alerted hackers to its existence. The decision to wait for a patch seems to have allowed a window of opportunity for hackers to discover the flaw on their own.

In March, cyber-security company FireEye noticed financial hacking software that was being distributed with the Microsoft bug and another company, McAfee, found attacks that were exploiting it, too.

McAfee faced some criticism, however, for publishing a blog post about the vulnerability – with details hackers may have found useful – two days before it was fixed.

Yet another company, Proofpoint, found that the vulnerability was being targeted by scammers trying to distribute Dridex malware – which infects a victim’s computer before snooping on banking logins.
There were even reports of hacking after the patch was made available.

Cyber-security outlet Morphisec said that employees at Ben-Gurion University in Israel had had their email accounts compromised by attackers who had then sent infected documents to medical professionals and contacts at technology companies.

“Prior to public disclosure, our engineers were aware of a small number of attempts to use this vulnerability through targeted spam designed to convince users to open a malicious attachment,” a Microsoft spokesman said. Customers who applied the 11 April security update were already protected, he added.

“In an ideal world, it would have been fixed sooner,” said cyber-security expert Graham Cluley. However, he pointed out that patching software run on millions of computers around the world was not an easy process. “There’s always this huge challenge because companies want to patch their software, but they want to do it properly – they want to make sure they’ve been comprehensive with the fix,” he told the BBC.

Google and Facebook Duped in Scam

Google and Facebook Duped in Scam
Google and Facebook have confirmed that they fell victim to an alleged $100m (£77m) scam. In March, it was reported that a Lithuanian man had been charged over an email phishing attack against “two US-based internet companies” who were not named at the time. They had allegedly been tricked into wiring more than $100m to the alleged scammer’s bank accounts.

On 27 April, Fortune reported that the two victims were Facebook and Google.

The man accused of being behind the scam, Evaldas Rimasauskas, 48, allegedly posed as an Asia-based manufacturer and deceived the companies from at least 2013 until 2015.

“Fraudulent phishing emails were sent to employees and agents of the victim companies, which regularly conducted multimillion-dollar transactions with [the Asian] company,” the US Department of Justice (DOJ) said in March. These emails purported to be from employees of the Asia-based firm, the DOJ alleged, and were sent from email accounts designed to look like they had come from the company, but in fact had not.

The DOJ also accused Mr Rimasauskas of forging invoices, contracts and letters “that falsely appeared to have been executed and signed by executives and agents of the victim companies”.

“We detected this fraud against our vendor management team and promptly alerted the authorities,” a spokeswoman for Google said in a statement. “We recouped the funds and we’re pleased this matter is resolved.”

However, the firm did not reveal how much money it had transferred and recouped. Nor did Facebook – but a spokeswoman said: “Facebook recovered the bulk of the funds shortly after the incident and has been cooperating with law enforcement in its investigation.”

“Sometimes staff [at large firms] think that they are defended, that security isn’t part of their job,” said James Maude at cyber-security firm Avecto, commenting on the phishing threat facing big companies. “But people are part of the best security you can have – that’s why you have to train them.”

He also told the BBC that Avecto’s clients have recounted phishing attempts that used senior staff’s hacked email accounts to convince employees that a request to wire out money was genuine.

The sophistication of phishing scams has increased lately, according to a recent Europol report. In order to avoid succumbing to such fraud, firms are advised to carefully verify new payment requests before authorising them.

A New Central Heating Boiler from Arktek Heating

A New Central Heating Boiler from Arktek Heating
If you found that your energy bills were unusually high last winter or you had to keep turning up the thermostat to keep warm because your heating didn’t seem to be performing as well as it should be, maybe you should consider having a replacement central heating boiler fitted.  Having it done during the warmer months can be a really good idea as you won’t miss not being able to turn on your heating while work is being carried out and you will have the peace of mind that you are completely prepared for the winter, at Arktek Heating they have an excellent team of engineers available all year round that will be able to get your new combi boiler fitted in no time at all.

Having an efficient, well fitted combi boiler can make a real difference to your bills and you will be surprised how much warmer your home is, with many more modern boilers having excellent features such as wireless controls you can be sure that your home will always be warm when you need it to be while using the minimum energy required, at Arktek Heating they supply a great selection of modern combi boilers from a range of well trusted suppliers and will be more than happy to help you make the right choice for your home and lifestyle.

Having a replacement boiler fitted won’t only benefit you and your family in the short term it will also help you to add value to your property and make it more attractive to buyers if you do decide to sell in the future, so it is a really worthwhile investment to make.

At Arktek Heating they aim to offer some of the most competitive rates available without compromising on safety or quality, and with some excellent finance options available having your new combi boiler fitted could be far more affordable than you think. So if you want to avoid the winter rush to find an engineer that can replace your boiler fast as it has let you down when you need it most why not get in touch with Arktek Heating today?

At Arktek Heating they offer a free no obligation quote on request, so making an appointment with them to find out more about the gas replacement services they have on offer won’t cost you a thing, with reasonable rates and excellent warranty options available when you see how affordable having your boiler replaced by Arktek Heating can be you will be pleased you gave them a call. For further information about the range of replacement gas boilers available or the landlord emergency repair and maintenance services, please call 0191 516 6911 or visit the Arktek Heating Services website. We will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

Why Have I Failed my Sound Insulation Test?

Why Have I Failed my Sound Insulation Test?
This is one of the most common questions we get asked by clients when their property has failed the sound testing. One of the main reasons for acoustic partitions failing the Part E sound test is often down to poor isolation of material/s, which can lead to excessive noise flanking. Noise Flanking is a term used by acoustic engineers to describe where sound passes through an acoustic partition due to the abutment of materials. The noise simply hits the one side of the wall and then travels through the construction via a noise bridge. This can be areas such as the incorrect use of masonry wall ties i.e. solid fishtail ties, used in place of specified acoustic wall ties.

Unwanted noise travelling along flanking paths can make the building structure vibrate, which can cause sound to radiate into your room. One simple cost effective solution is to build another wall or ceiling in front of the original, to offer extra isolation. For this upgrade to work you need to make sure that the independent wall or ceiling is not directly connected to the existing failed partition; so it provides isolation between materials.

Another reason for excessive noise flanking is often down to the use of down to the use of lightweight blocks in the construction of the building envelope. Due to the lightweight mas of the inner wall it allows sound to transmit from dwelling to another, both vertically and horizontally. If a building has failed its sound testing, it is essential to establish if the problem is due to direct transmission, flanking transmission or a combination of both so that the most cost and time effective remedial treatment can be designed and applied to the failed partitions.

One of the easiest ways to reduce the chance of sound testing failures due to excessive noise flanking transmission is through a careful consideration to the acoustic design at the start of the project.

 

Unfortunately, by simply specifying high performance wall and floor partitions, it is no guarantee to adequate sound isolation and successful sound testing.

We offer preconstruction design advice to help you achieve successful sound testing in-line with Building Regulations Part E. We also offer onsite inspection services to ensure that the sound insulation elements are being installed as per manufactures guild-lines, as it’s no use having good acoustic design if it not being installed properly on site.

During early design and construction process, we visit site to conduct a comprehensive acoustic design survey and review, we also take this opportunity to meet; where possible, the site/project manager, architects etc. The first stage of the acoustic design is to send through the design drawings – to include sections etc. We then review the design to check that the construction details proposed are capable of passing the sound tests. This usually takes place straight after planning has been approved as increased cost savings can be realised at the earliest stage, we will evaluate the construction methods and materials specified to ensure that they are capable of meeting the acoustic requirements of Approved document E.

The typical areas we check are:

  1. There are no flanking points, where isolated partitions are wrongly mechanically fixed together to caused noise bridging.
  2. The walls and floors design are acoustically robust, to comply with Building Regulations Part E.
  3. The acoustic treatments for Soil Pipes, Stair Cases Steel Beams etc. to ensure they are acoustically fit for purpose, as these are some of the areas that get usually missed.
  4. Acoustic floor treatments are compatible with the proposed floor finishes i.e. Carpets, Laminates, Floor Tiles and under floor heating systems.

We also provide on-going design support service, so you will have direct contact with the allocated acoustician from the start of the process through to the successful completion of the project.

One of the most important services is the going site survey visits which allow our clients to feel confident about the outcome of testing at the end of the build. The site visits let us check that the installation teams are installing the acoustic materials as per manufacturers avoiding crucial onsite mistakes. You can often have a compliant design which still fails due to poor workmanship; the site survey visits negate the risk of sound test failure.

We also offer an acoustic advice service for clients that have failed their sound testing. We offer simple solutions to reduce the noise levels and achieve compliance with Part E. We can supply simple easy to follow acoustic design reviews, utilising our extensive knowledge of different materials and construction methods

If you require more information about acoustic design and/or sound testing on your project, please visit the APT Sound Testing website or call direct on 07775623464.

Made-to-Measure Blinds from the Beautiful Blind Company

Improve Your Home with Made-to-Measure Blinds
Spring is the perfect time of year for tackling light home improvement projects such as the installation of new blinds, including made to measure blinds. If your home or flat needs a facelift, consider what a difference new blinds and perhaps also a fresh coat of paint will make and how much more comfortable you will be in your home environment once the job is done.

The Beautiful Blind Company
New blinds come in a wide variety of styles and colours, and what will work best in your home depends largely on the number of windows you have – and, thus, the amount of natural light you have. If your prefer blinds in lighter colours which won’t overly darken the room, simply opt for a thicker material like what is typically used for Roman blinds, paper blinds and high-quality Venetian blinds.  No matter what your preference may be in terms of looks, made-to-measure blinds can also improve energy efficiency by providing shade in the summer months and blocking drafts in the winter.

When considering the options available to you, it is of the utmost importance to know how you want your new blinds to fit the windows in your home, and this is where made-to-measure blinds come in. For recessed windows, you will want to choose the exact area you want covered by blinds (normally only the recessed area) so that they will hang straight and complement an attractive window treatment. Reputable companies will allow you to take window measurements and then provide you with a quote for bespoke blinds that will fit any window in your home perfectly, no matter the shape or size.

The Beautiful Blind Company has been in the business of building and installing made-to-measure blinds in residential and commercial settings for over 25 years. Our Perfect Fit blinds can be measured to fit virtually any window, including conservatory roof windows, without drilling into your window frames or otherwise taking away from the attractiveness of your home. We’re certain that you will be absolutely thrilled to see what a dramatic improvement in the look of your home can result from such a simple change!

Let our fully trained staff guide you toward the perfect set of made-to-measure blinds for your home today. To learn more or to request a free quote, call us on 01642 688049 or visit www.thebeautifulblindcompany.com

Introducing First Call Teachers – North East Recruitment Agency

Introducing First Call Teachers – North East Recruitment Agency
Direct Submit are pleased to announce they are now working with First Call Teachers. A North East based education recruitment agency, providing recruitment solutions to schools and teachers across the region. Working with Primary, Secondary and SEN schools across the region they match the right candidates to the teaching positions required by local schools.

First Call Teachers are specialists in offering teaching jobs, they supply teachers and support staff, who are highly motivated and a day to day, long term or permanent job in a school. For further information, call them today on 0191 280 5849 or visit their website to review their current vacancies and teaching jobs in the North East.

If you would like to know more about how Direct Submit could help your business get noticed on the Internet then call today on 0845 2722350 or search for Direct Submit in the search engines.

 

Replace you Boiler with Arktek Heating

Replace you Boiler with Arktek Heating
If you are finding that your boiler is costing you more to run or is not as efficient as it used to be getting it replaced with a new combi boiler could be a really sensible idea, not only will you have the advantages of having a reliable and effective boiler it will also add value and make your property far more appealing to any prospective buyers if you decide to sell in the future.

Having your gas boiler replaced can really make a noticeable difference to your bills, sometimes up to a few hundred pounds per year, and not only will using less energy help you save money it will also help to reduce the impact that your home has on the environment. If you would like to find out more about some of the latest, most effective models available why not get in touch with Arktek Heating? They have an excellent range of combi boilers available and are real experts in gas boiler replacements.

No matter what type of property you may have at Arktek Heating they have all the knowledge and expertise required to help you select the combi boiler that is most suited to your home and lifestyle. Their team of professional and fully trained staff will also be able to make sure that your boiler is fitted to the highest possible standard and to meet all legal safety requirements with the minimum of disruption to you and your family.

With a wide range of combi boilers available at Arktek Heating you can be sure to find one that is perfect for your home, and with some great value models available it may cost far less than you may first think.   With some of the most popular brands available from carefully selected suppliers every gas boiler replacement that is fitted by Arktek Heating comes with a full guarantee and will be produced to the highest quality.

At Arktek Heating they offer a free no obligation quote on request, so making an appointment with them to find out more about the gas replacement services they have on offer won’t cost you a thing, with reasonable rates and excellent warranty options available when you see how affordable having your boiler replaced by Arktek Heating can be you will be pleased you gave them a call.

At Arktek heating they will do everything they can to make sure that the job runs smoothly and with excellent customer reviews, impressive aftercare services and upfront easy to understand pricing policy, why not take advantage of their free of charge no obligation quote and make an appointment for them to visit your home and see how much they could help you reduce the amount of energy you use

For further information about the range of replacement gas boilers available or the landlord emergency repair and maintenance services, please call 0191 516 6911 or visit our heating & plumbing services website. We will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

The Perfect Prom Dress Shop in Newcastle

Searching for the Perfect Prom Dress Shop in Newcastle
If you are looking for the perfect prom dress or gown in Newcastle and haven’t been able to find anything that you really like you may want to take a look at the fabulous variety of prom dress and gowns that they have available at Just The Way You Are, no matter what size or shape you may be with such a wide choice of dresses on offer you can be certain that you will be able to find something that is ideal for your big night.

At Just The Way You Are they will be happy to make you an appointment to pay them a visit at their stylish and welcoming boutique based on Tyneside so you can select your dress in comfort and get any help or assistance that you may require. You will have the opportunity to discuss exactly what you are looking for with one of their friendly team and have your exact measurements taken so you can be certain that whatever prom gown you decide to choose will fit like a glove.

Once you have had an initial consultation you will be shown a selection of prom dresses from their carefully selected suppliers that you might want to try based on your requirements and you will be able to offer your feedback on the selections until you have found a prom dress that you are completely happy with. During your visit you will be offered refreshments and are welcome to bring a friend or relative so you can really make the most of the occasion.

Whether you are looking for a traditional prom gown, a sophisticated evening dress or something that is totally different with such a wide range of styles and designs available at Just The Way You Are they are certain to have something that you love, and with sizes available up to 32 you can be sure to find a prom gown that looks absolutely fabulous and really makes the most of your body shape.

So if you want to find the perfect prom dress and would like to make the most of your special day why not book and appointment with Just The Way You Are? With so many dresses on offer and excellent customer service every time you are bound to be impressed,  With a wide range of accessories available to help you really complete your look at Just the Way You Are they have everything you need to make sure that you get noticed for all the right reasons.

So if you are planning the perfect prom night and want to find the ideal prom gown for the occasion why not pay a visit to Just the Way You Are in Newcastle, no matter where you are based in the North East you can be sure that it will be worth the trip, with so many beautiful and unique prom gowns available and such excellent individual customer service on offer it’s no surprise that they have so many satisfied past customers.

For more information or to arrange a visit and consultation about finding the perfect prom dress or gown for you, visit the Just the Way You Are website today or call us on 0191 261 0778 to make an appointment. You won’t be disappointed.

Updating your Bathroom with a New Shower

Updating your Bathroom with a New Shower
If you have been considering updating your bathroom you may want to consider taking a look at the excellent variety of bathroom products available from P T Ranson, where you will find everything you need to completely revamp your bathroom. With products available from top manufacturers such as Matki Showers, Fiora Showers and Hangrove Showers you can be sure that whatever you may decide to purchase it will be of the best possible quality and completely suited to your needs.

A modern and effective shower is the ideal addition to any bathroom, whether you are planning to install a totally new suite or to just update your existing one with a great range of showers on offer at P T Ranson you can be sure to find one that not only has all the features you require but also complements the overall style of your bathroom as well.

If you are looking for a more traditional style to your bathroom, but also want the advantages of modern technology take a look at the great range of Imperial Showers on offer, with a great range of complementing items such as baths, basins, toilets and other accessories all made using the highest quality materials this is the ideal range if you want to create a perfectly co-ordinated classic look.

If you want to create a modern and efficient space that is functional, economical to run and performs to the highest standards you may want to take a look at the range of showers & shower enclosures available from Matki. Made in the UK from top quality materials and are synonymous with style, innovation and durability and Matki are pleased to offer a 10-Year Guarantee on all shower surrounds.

If you want to make a real feature of your shower why not consider adding a totally separate cubicle or even creating a whole wet room? Fioira Showers have a great range of revolutionary Silex Shower trays available at P T Ranson in a wide variety of styles and colours giving you the opportunity to have a high performance and durable shower tray that is attractive and stylish as well.

So take a look at the excellent range of showers, shower trays and other accessories at P. T Ranson for some excellent ideas about how you could turn your bathroom into a relaxing and beautiful haven where you can relax and unwind in peace.

P T Ranson Bathrooms & Showers
So if you want to install a new shower in your bathroom why not get some inspiration from P T Ranson? Regardless of your tastes or the style you are hoping to achieve with such a wide range of top quality products you are sure to find the ideal shower for your bathroom. With so many unique and high performance products on offer from some top bathroom design companies you can be sure that you won’t be disappointed. Simply call 0191 469 6999 or visit the PT Bathroom and Showers designer bathroom website today.

A Great Deal from Conservatory Blinds Direct

A Great Deal from Conservatory Blinds Direct
If you would like to be able to spend time in your conservatory all year round but are worried about problems like temperature control, privacy and high heating bills getting some conservatory roof blinds could be a really good solution and they could be far more affordable than you may first think.

At conservatory Blinds Direct they have an excellent range of high quality conservatory roof blinds at great value prices that will help you create the conservatory that you really want in no time at all, with a wide range of styles available in a choice of patterns and colours you are likely to find the right conservatory blinds to complement the rest of your home perfectly in no time at all.

Investing in some good quality, well fitted conservatory roof blinds is a great idea if you want to try and reduce the amount of energy that you home uses, being able to prevent heat loss from you conservatory during the colder months can really make a difference to your energy bills without you home feeling any colder and with some of the great prices available at Conservatory Blinds Direct you could start making savings soon and with a choice of specialist designs on offer you could even opt for fabrics that would maximise the amount of energy your could potentially save.

With a fully fitted, bespoke service, an excellent customer service team to offer any help or assistance you may need and an excellent price match guarantee you can be sure that at Conservatory Roof Blinds they will be able to offer you top quality conservatory roof blinds at a price that you can afford.

With previous customers such as the BBC and Channel Four and an impressive portfolio available to browse why not get some inspiration and take a look at the impressive range of unique and beautiful Conservatory Roof Blinds that you could get for your home? Conservatory Blinds Direct is part of the InStyle group, a well-established supplier of conservatory roof and window blinds throughout the UK.

All of their Conservatory Blinds Direct products are made from the finest components and materials available, they are so confident in their products they are able to offer an industry unheard of 5 year Parts & Labour guarantee on all blinds made. As a leading UK manufacture to the window blind trade and now they are offering the chance for you to cut out that middle man and buy direct from the manufacture saving you hundreds and in some cases thousands of pounds over retail prices.

We are always happy to help and our friendly team will be happy to help you if you have any questions regarding an order, measuring, fitting or any of our products. Simply call on 01642 762497 or visit the Conservatory Blinds Direct website for more information.