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Ransomware spreads through weak remote desktop credentials

Stolen or weak remote desktop credentials are routinely used to infect point-of-sale systems with malware, but recently they've also become a common distribution method for crypto-ransomware.

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The Emergency Alert System test: Lesson learned, catastrophe averted

After an awkward public failure 5 years ago, the FCC and FEMA achieved a successful national test of the Emergency Alert System.

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The Emergency Alert System: Failure IS an option

FEMA and the FCC ran a ‘live test’ of the Emergency Alert System in 2011. The result was static and Lady Gaga going out to millions. On Sept. 28, they will retest with the fixes in place.

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Why (and how) you should manage Windows PCs like iPhones

The pieces are finally coming together to implement an omnidevice systems management approach for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android

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Review: Ansible shows the beef

Ansible 2 eases configuration management, while boosting playbooks, modules, and Windows support

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Sophos false positive detection ruins weekend for some Windows users

A bad malware signature caused Sophos antivirus products to detect a critical Windows file as malicious, preventing some users from accessing their computers.

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The 8 fallacies of distributed computing are becoming irrelevant

Thanks to modern computing, the 8 fallacies of distributed computing are being rendered obsolete.

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LinuxCon: Q&A with inventor of, um, Microsoft PowerShell

The creator of Microsoft's recently open-sourced scripting and configuration framework PowerShell, Jeffrey Snover, sat down with Network World at LinuxCon North America 2016.

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Microsoft PowerShell goes open source and lands on Linux and Mac

Sysadmins, rejoice: PowerShell is coming to Linux. Microsoft announced Thursday that its automation and scripting system is breaking out of the confines of Windows and going open source.

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Review: Chef 12 fires up devops

A rich dev and test toolchain, collaborative end-to-end workflow, and improved Windows support put Chef in a league of its own

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Delta Air Lines flights delayed by widespread computer outage

Delta said Monday morning that its flights awaiting departure were delayed because of a computer outage.

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Bugs & Bugs: National Moth Week, PHP, Black Hat & more

National Moth Week, Black Hat exploit presentations, edible insects, Pornhub bug bounty & Zica prevention at the Rio Olympics all come up on Bugs & Bugs Facebook Live event

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Developers’ conscientiousness key to limiting software bugs, researchers say

University researchers have found that organizations looking to clean up their IT systems need to pay more attention to the moods and personalities of those people working on them.

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10 ways to celebrate Sysadmin Day

Yes, Sysadmin day is just around the corner again, as we prepare to recognize business IT’s foot soldiers in the war against downtime and general stuff-not-working-right-ness. Here are 10 ways to celebrate these great and deserving...

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Southwest Airlines delays flights after computer issues

Southwest Airlines in Dallas, Texas, said Wednesday that performance issues with its technology systems had led to flight delays.

Bruised by past mistakes, tech firms brace for 'leap second'

Latest leap second plan poses a dilemma for conscientious sysadmins

Conscientious sysadmins face a dilemma on December 31, when a new leap second will threaten the stability of computer systems and networks.

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The threat hunter's guide to securing the enterprise

You're already breached. Here's how to track down attackers on your network before they wreak havoc

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‘How to get an A/C budget approved’

According to one IT professional posting on Reddit’s section for systems administrators, the best way to get an air-conditioning budget approved is to turn up the heat – literally -- on the right company executives.

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