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In a letter to TikTok, Senators Blackburn and Blumenthal ask about executives who transferred from ByteDance to TikTok in the US despite “its independence” (Georgia Wells/Wall Street Journal) October 3, 2023

Georgia Wells / Wall Street Journal: In a letter to TikTok, Senators Blackburn and Blumenthal ask about executives who transferred from ByteDance to TikTok in the US despite “its independence”  —  In a letter to TikTok, Sens. Marsha Blackburn and Richard Blumenthal seek information about ties to parent company

A Modern Medical Center in the Making

Gastro_front_desk Gastro_waiting_area Gastro_wiring_under_frontdesks gastrobackofficemsi-logo-Cloud Svcs - March 2013mcloudserv small logoWhen opening a new location for your medical practice you are faced with making choices you did not have to years ago. No longer is it about appointment books and hundreds of paper files to maintain. In today’s world the best decision is to call MSI NET, we give you all you need at an affordable cost. Using top technology that is complete with Microsoft Office 365 and other industry leading technologies. Thirty computers were connected through main servers to interface with each other and are EMR ready. No more paper files, all patient files are now entered and stored electronically.Software was also installed so with the click of a button physicians can transmit referrals and prescriptions, and receive patient records via e-fax. The staff communicates utilizing VoiP technology from their workstations that are wired by MSI with neatly and securely limiting exposure and reducing hazards. A battery back up is in place in case of an electronic outage securing all stored information. For the patient waiting area WiFi and flat screen televisions were securely installed to keep the brief waiting time as comfortable an experience as possible. Security cameras were also installed by MSI for safety after hours.MS Logo

10/23/15- N.Y. Times- Microsoft in the Cloud. Mike and Nick’s Week in Tech:

You, Nick, are our resident Microsoft expert. Tell me everything, starting with why they seem to be on a roll lately.

Nick: One word: the cloud. Actually, that’s two words. The money they are making from it is now big enough ($5.9 billion) and growing fast enough that investors feel as if the company has a grip on one of the most important technology trends out there.

Mike: The cloud! I can’t say the cloud without yelling it feverishly. I don’t really know what it means other than servers and Amazon Web Services and Google.

Which, in my tiny mind, is something that makes me wonder whether Microsoft will be able to lock in that cloud power. What makes Microsoft better than Amazon — which has a booming business in A.W.S. — or Google, which also offers a bunch of cloud stuff?

Nick: Why is Microsoft better? I’m not sure they are, but there are some differences with Amazon. Microsoft says it is a “hybrid” cloud company. Customers can put all their stuff in Microsoft’s data centers, or if they’re just getting comfortable with the cloud, they can keep some of their data on their own premises. The choice with Amazon is more binary — you’re in their cloud, or you’re not.

Mike: Or something. I’m on board with that.

So what else? The Steve Ballmer era is over. Are you into this new guy they have running the company? And by new I mean “for the last 18 months.”



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TA15-286A: Dridex P2P Malware

Original release date: October 13, 2015 | Last revised: October 15, 2015

Systems Affected

Microsoft Windows


Dridex, a peer-to-peer (P2P) bank credential-stealing malware, uses a decentralized network infrastructure of compromised personal computers and web servers to execute command-and-control (C2). The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ), is releasing this Technical Alert to provide further information about the Dridex botnet.


Dridex is a multifunctional malware package that leverages obfuscated macros in Microsoft Office and extensible markup language (XML) files to infect systems. The primary goal of Dridex is to infect computers, steal credentials, and obtain money from victims’ bank accounts. Operating primarily as a banking Trojan, Dridex is generally distributed through phishing email messages. The emails appear legitimate and are carefully crafted to entice the victim to click on a hyperlink or to open a malicious attached file. Once a computer has been infected, Dridex is capable of stealing user credentials through the use of surreptitious keystroke logging and web injects.


A system infected with Dridex may be employed to send spam, participate in distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, and harvest users’ credentials for online services, including banking services.


Users are recommended to take the following actions to remediate Dridex infections:

  • Use and maintain anti-virus software – Anti-virus software recognizes and protects your computer against most known viruses. Even though Dridex is designed to evade detection, security companies are continuously updating their software to counter these advanced threats. Therefore, it is important to keep your anti-virus software up-to-date (see Understanding Anti-Virus Software for more information).
  • Change your passwords – Your original passwords may have been compromised during the infection, so you should change them (see Choosing and Protecting Passwords for more information).
  • Keep your operating system and application software up-to-date – Install software patches so that attackers can’t take advantage of known problems or vulnerabilities. Many operating systems offer automatic updates. You should enable automatic updates if this option is available (see Understanding Patches for more information).
  • Use anti-malware tools – Using a legitimate program that identifies and removes malware can help eliminate an infection. Users can consider employing a remediation tool (examples below) to help remove Dridex from your system.





       Trend Micro

The above are examples only and do not constitute an exhaustive list. The U.S. Government does not endorse or support any particular product or vendor.


Revision History

  • Initial Publication – October 13, 2015

This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy.

Source: CERT

Live in the Classrooms of “Farrell”- Bearing Witness to the Pope’s Visit to N.Y.C.

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When Pope Francis made his visit to New York City on September 24th and 25th people from across the boroughs and beyond did all they could to be a part of the journey he made. Not all could get so close, millions would be relegated to using the closest device to them in order to witness the activity. Just a decade ago perhaps a bit longer, options were limited to televisions and basic computers. But what about our children? During much of the visit they were in school. How could they have witnessed such important history from class.

MSI NET has been working with local schools, one in particular Monsignor Farrell High School, has over the recent months and years continued to increase their schools technological capabilities, to the point where the students were able to witness to the Papal’s visit on Smart Board projector screens with speakers that were wired over a network within the school grounds. Thirty Six classrooms of students benefited from the very latest in technology installed over the Summer that not only made televisions passe’ but older generation technology as well. The Pope had a successful and inspiring visit to our City and the Staff and Students at Monsignor Farrell did not have to miss any of it.

This technology carries over day to day utilizing the Cloud network and Microsoft Office 365 to allow them to interact with both teachers and other students in and outside of the classroom, and most importantly be involved with 2015 top notch technology.-MSI NET.




A story well worth reading and smiling about.

John Abi-Habib stresses faith, family, community

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

When John Abi-Habib was a boy growing up in Lebanon, he would always know when it was time to go to church on Sundays. The Abi-Habib family lived in a mountain outside of Beirut and John and his siblings would listen to hear the church bells coming from Mar Abda Church. To Read More…