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The New “QuadRooter” Hack Affects Over 900 million Android Devices

Original Article: By White Cat

iComEx - Educate About Android QuadRooter Hack

Right now over 900 million Android devices are affected by the new “QuadRotter” hack. If you own an Android phone, then you need to read this article and then go to the google page link below and see if your phone is at risk. If you haven't heard of this then let's quickly review what has happened. If you have questions please call us if you are unable to discern problematic issues after going to the link below and continue to have android phone issues.

"A set of 4 security flaw in the Qualcomm chipsets that powers the Android devices is vulnerable to hackers. If any one of the 4 vulnerabilities is exploited, it will allow attackers to gradually take over a user’s handset and gain root access.

Qualcomm is the world’s leading designer of LTE (Long Term Evolution) chipsets with a 65% share of the LTE modem baseband market. Hackers would simply have to trick people into downloading a malicious app to make all this possible.

The vulnerabilities have been disclosed by a team of Check Point researchers at the DEF CON 24 security conference in Las Vegas.

Critical Quadrooter Vulnerabilities:

  1. CVE-2016-2503 discovered in Qualcomm’s GPU driver and fixed in Google’s Android Security Bulletin for July 2016.
  2. CVE-2016-2504 found in Qualcomm GPU driver and fixed in Google’s Android Security Bulletin for August 2016.
  3. CVE-2016-2059 found in Qualcomm kernel module and fixed in April, though patch status is unknown.
  4. CVE-2016-5340 presented in Qualcomm GPU driver and fixed, but patch status unknown.

Check If Your Device Is Vulnerable To Hackers:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.checkpoint.quadrooter

By using Check Point’s free app you can check if your smartphone or tablet is vulnerable to Quadrooter attack. However these flaws can only be fixed by installing a patch from the device’s distributors after receiving fixed driver packs from Qualcomm."

Part of having technology means you as a user must keep up with how to keep your technology current and free from hacking and compromise. As professionals iComEx will continue to help educate you our clients as to what is going on out there in the Cyber world and bring you the right information to keep your technology up to date and provide sources for the fixes put in place by leading manufacturers. If you have specific questions regarding additional technology you use for personal or business use, please call us and ask those questions you need to for peace of mind. 972-712-2100 is a call away from you knowing you have done all you can regarding a compromise in technical equipment you have purchased.

iComEx Supports Kids In Dallas County

Crystal Charity Ball Dallas County Kids

Crystal Charity Ball 2016 BeneficiariesFor over 18 years, iComEx has been supporting charities in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex, and in the State of Texas. One of those charities is Crystal Charity Ball in Dallas. If you don't know about Crystal Charity Ball, we would like to take this opportunity to share with you about who they are and what they do. Click on this link and see all the Crystal Charity Ball History Of Giving by this organization.  Dallas County children receive year after year millions of dollars raised by this wonderful organization. Please check them out and consider a donation to help Kids in Dallas County.

Since 1952, the sole purpose of The Crystal Charity Ball has been to aid, support and make contributions to children's charities in Dallas County.  As a nonprofit organization, independent of any national affiliation, members of The Crystal Charity Ball Committee have raised more than $130 million for more than 140 worthy beneficiaries over the past 60 years.

In 2016, the 100 active members of The Crystal Charity Ball Committee committed to raise $5,650,258. These funds will support seven commendable Dallas organizations and give children hope for a healthier more productive future.  The generous spirit of Underwriters, Children’s Book participants, Silent Auction and Special Gift donors, and Contribution Ticket patrons will help turn promises into reality for children served by The Crystal Charity Ball.

We invite you to give now to support kids in Dallas...by making a quick donation: Donate Now

On December 3, 2016, the committee members will hold a beautiful, elegant gala to honor these philanthropic donors.

If you are interested in applying for support for an organization in Dallas County, here is how it works. While applications for 2016 Beneficiaries are complete, applications for 2017 will be available September 1, 2016.

The Selection Process will go through several rounds of review and here are tentative dates:

  • Initial Review - Fall 2016
  • Researcher Site Visits - Between January 8 - 20, 2017 (Scheduling will occur January 7-8, 2017)
  • Round I - January 20-21, 2017
  • Round II Agency Presentations - January 27-28, 2017
  • Final Round Agency Presentation - February 4, 2017
  • If Selected as a Beneficiary: Beneficiary Meetings will occur the week of February 8-12, 2017

** The 2017 beneficiaries will be selected around February 4, 2017 **

APPLICATIONS FOR 2017 WILL BE AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 1, 2016.

2016 Beneficiaries:

Captain Hope's Kids/Hope Supply Co.

THE PROJECT: Hope for Homeless Children

THE COMMITMENT: $600,000

 
Community Partners of Dallas

THE PROJECT: A Forever Home for Community Partners

THE COMMITMENT: $1,359,236

 
Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas

THE PROJECT: STEM Center of Excellence Girl Exploration Center

THE COMMITMENT: $976,000

 
Notre Dame School of Dallas

THE PROJECT: Hearts and Hammers Campaign

THE COMMITMENT: $676,020

 
Parkland Foundation

THE PROJECT: Mobile Medical Clinic and Pediatric Screenings


THE COMMITMENT: $789,002

 
Teach for America

THE PROJECT: Elementary Education Initiative


THE COMMITMENT: $500,000

 
The Family Place

THE PROJECT: Children’s Counseling Center

THE COMMITMENT: $750,000

 
The Crystal Charity Ball Educational Scholarship Project

 
The Crystal Charity Ball Endowment Fund

Thank you Crystal Charity Ball for all the work you do. You have made a tremendous difference in the lives of millions of kids in Dallas County...

Keith Clay Floors New Website

Keith Clay Floors Redesigned WebsiteFor over 30 years Keith Clay Floors has provided the Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex with superior quality flooring solutions. Clients just like you enjoy the professional floor restoration, floor refinishing, floor repair, floor installation and floor maintenance services that have always been a quality hallmark of Keith Clay Floors for both residential and commercial settings. Call 972-463-6604 or 817-663-5235 today to request a quote. or submit the Request a Quote form.

A wide range of hard surface flooring services are provided, including:

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Keith Clay Floors works with almost any kind of hard surface flooring product. From hardwood floors the ceramic tile floors, from Mexican tile floors to brick floors, from marble floors to polish concrete floors, and many more.

Keith Clay Floors provides several exclusive services in the Dallas area: floor installation, floor refinishing, and floor maintenance. This also includes natural stone and marble polishing and marble honing. Each of these jobs takes special skill and knowledge to make your home look its best. We make sure all of this work is done right. We are experts at installing tile and slate. Refinishing hardwood floors takes expertise, tools, and patience and we have them. We recommend the best maintenance for your brick floors, which is sealing and waxing. For slate floors we recommend a sealer that makes it easier to clean in the future.

When it comes to exclusive services we at Keith Clay Floors do our absolute best to achieve the highest service possible. Whether is it installation, refinishing, or maintenance we can help. We take care of professional maintenance and explain the proper home care of your floor. We have the skilled personnel to install your floors professionally giving you complete satisfaction.

Main Auction Services

New & Used Restaurant Equipment Online Auction

Main Auction Services Restaurant EquipmentiComEx welcomed Main Auction Services to the business family in September of 2012. As our first website online auction customer we were very pleased about how this business auction website came together. Now a staple for the foodservice industry around the United States, Main Auction Services continues to expand their company into San Antonio and Austin here in Texas. If you are a restaurant owner looking for used or new restaurant equipment, please check them out online. They have weekly auctions, and can ship around the country if you don't live close. Showrooms in Dallas, Grand Prairie, and Houston all have viable equipment for purchase weekly.

Main Auction Services, Inc. is a family owned and operated company bringing more than 35 years of combined experience in the restaurant, food service and related industries to the internet sales marketplace. Main Auction Services offers a wide variety of quality, new and used restaurant equipment, kitchen supplies, appliances, furniture and decor. Main Auction Services buys and sells restaurant equipment in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and nationwide, with inventory arriving on a daily basis. This inventory is made available to you through scheduled restaurant equipment online auctions. Whether you need to buy or sell one piece, or the contents of an entire restaurant, Main Auction Services is your resource for late-model restaurant, bakery and bar equipment. Call today to speak with a restaurant equipment specialist.

Main Auction Services conducts online auctions of new and used restaurant equipment and supplies, commercial kitchen equipment , bakery equipment , bar equipment, furniture and decor. Main Auction Services buys and sells new and used restaurant equipment in Texas and nationwide, with new inventory arriving on a daily basis. This inventory is made available for purchase through regularly scheduled online auctions.

Whether the need is to buy or sell one piece or the contents of an entire restaurant, Main Auction Services is the resource for late-model restaurant, bakery and bar equipment in the Texas region. In addition to commercial restaurant equipment, Main Auction Services occasional has residential furniture, kitchen & bath fixtures, appliances, electronics and décor.

In The News This Week

iComEx - Google Releases Cyber Attack NumbersNumbers from a Google board member regarding the number of cyber attacks each and every month were released.  In March, many of our clients were surprised to learn that security had become a big issue for both their business websites and emails.

Increasing attacks from around the world have forced companies both large and small to consider other alternatives for keeping clients information secure. iComEx is taking advantage of new technology out there to help with these state sponsored attacks.

In March, iComEx notified our clients:

"Beginning on March 1, 2016 iComEx will start the process of moving all of our client's email account from the current email services, that are shared on the web site servers, to the new dedicated email servers. We will be in contact with each client to coordinate this transition. In dealing with the increase in hacking activity, iComEx is in the process of drafting new policies regarding compromised email accounts and websites, implementing new security audit procedures and developing new service offerings that include managed backup & restoration services and hacking remediation & repair services."

Here Is What Google Says About This Serious Issue In July 2016:

A senior executive of Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google unit said on Monday that the company was notifying customers of 4,000 state-sponsored cyber attacks per month. The APT notification ran rate was disclosed by Google senior vice president and Alphabet board member Diane Greene during a Fortune magazine tech conference in Aspen, Colorado, Reuters Jonathan Weber reports.

Google began notifying users about suspected incidents of government-backed hacking attempts since 2012, in response to hacking attacks against it and other tech giants subsequently blamed on China. Other household names in tech including Facebook and Twitter followed suit with state-sponsored hack alerts for customers late last year.

Google, the internet search leader, which develops the Android mobile system and also offers email and a range of other applications for consumers, has led the way in notifying users of government spying. Others, including Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O), have since followed suit.

Google had previously said that it had been issuing tens of thousands of warnings every few months and that customers often upgrade their security in response. (John Leyden, The Register)

In an interview with InfoWorld, Greene also made some pretty interesting comparisons about today's companies, security of data across the board, and how a company relates to today's needs in data, email, applications, and analytics, using data.

As we see it here at iComEx, we agree with Diane Greene...Companies may be differentiating themselves based on how well they use their data to serve their customers better. Since nobody is secure anymore, more and more CEO's are looking for solutions that will facilitate creative use of applications, VMware, and the Cloud to provide what is needed in day to day operations.


With offices conveniently located in Sherman, Texas, and Plano, Texas, iComEx is easily able to travel to you wherever you may be.

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