This Week in Tech News

It Company Kaseya Gets Hacked, Exposing 1500 Companies to Ransomware

Kaseya

Episode 1812

Employees have been warning IT company Kaseya that the company would be hacked for three years. With weak encryption and lackluster cybersecurity, Kaseya was finally breached, exposing over 1500 IT companies to ransomware. The hack was performed by Russian criminal gang REvil, demanding 70 million in bitcoin for the decrypter. Leo says that there's no excuse for it, as the executives of Kaseya left the company a sitting duck for an attack.

Leo also adds that every year, ransomware gets worse and more prevalent.

Billionaires Battle to Go Into Space

Blue Origin

Episode 1811

The latest battle for space is being waged by billionaires. Jeff Bezos with Blue Origin is up against Sir Richard Branson with Virgin Galactic. And it looks like Branson is going to beat Bezos into space, launching his reusable space plane Unity Sunday. Bezos will be going up a week later. Leo says it used to be the battle of who can build the biggest yacht. Now it's who launches in a spaceship. Meanwhile, Elon Musk has sold all his houses and is living in a trailer in Texas to oversee the development of the SpaceX Starship for a journey to Mars.

Zelda Video Game Sells for $870,000

Zelda

Episode 1811

A sealed copy of the first generation of Zelda sold recently at auction for $870,000. Leo says the story is that the game was never opened after being given as a Christmas present and represents the earliest known copy of the video game, in unopened pristine condition. The sale bypasses the previous record of a sale of Super Mario Brothers, which sold in March for $660,000. Could $1 million be far behind?

REvil is Latest Ransomware

REvil

Episode 1810

REvil is the latest ransomware to hit the world. Leo says that the exploit uses the Cassea remote management supply chain to infect thousands of MSP computers. REvil disables your AVS and deploys a fake Windows Defender app to infect and encrypt computers. So far, it's hit several grocery and convenience stores, forcing them to shut down. If stores are using Cassea, then they are advised to go offline and shut down their remote access.

Member of Mercury 13 Going into Space

Wally Funk

Episode 1810

Wally Funk, whose real name is Mary Wallace, will become the oldest person to go into space when she joins billionaire Jeff Bezos for a suborbital voyage onboard the Blue Origin New Glen spacecraft. Wallace is also a member of the famed Mercury 13 group on women who underwent the same battery of tests as the original NASA astronauts, but who were never able to make it into space. Now, 60 years later, Wally gets her chance.

Reminder: Western Digital Hacked

Western Digital NAS

Episode 1809

Western Digital's My Book Live Network Attached Storage has been hacked due to an exploit discovered in 2018 and was never patched. Hackers can run a program of their own making taking advantage of it. A hacker has searched for numerous My Book Lives and executed a script to erase them, leaving many without the backups they were relying on. Western Digital's solution is to have users unplug their MBL from the Internet while they research the hack. Will WD issue a fix?

Western Digital Gets Hacked

Western Digital

Episode 1808

Western Digital's My Book Live hard drives were compromised this week using a remote code exploit that had been left unfixed since 2018. Leo says it's important that devices get updated for security reasons regularly, and when it goes out of service, to think about replacing it. Leo also says it's important to adopt a 3-2-1 backup strategy. Three copies, on two different kinds of medium, and one off-site. Just in case. 

Windows 11 Will Only Work on Newer Computers

Windows 11

Episode 1808

When Microsoft's Windows 11 comes out later this year, most older computers will not be able to run it. Leo says that's because it will require secure boot circuitry on motherboards in order to run the latest OS. This is causing many to howl as they'll be forced to upgrade in order to keep up. But users have some time, as Microsoft will be killing support for Windows 10 on October 14th, 2025.

Leo to Sit Out Amazon Prime Day

Amazon Prime Day

Episode 1807

Amazon Prime Day is Monday, and Leo is choosing to sit it out. As always. Leo says that Amazon tries hard to make Prime Day the same as Black Friday with many deals. But Leo also points out that not all the deals on Prime Day are great deals.

Microsoft to Announce Windows 11 This Thursday

Windows 11

Episode 1807

Microsoft will announce Windows 11 this Thursday, and Leo says it's more of a cosmetic overhaul with the same back end. The real question will be, will Microsoft charge for it or initially give it away as they did for Windows 10? Leo says that most people upgrade their Windows when they buy a new computer, and the pundits may be right that Windows 11 will be a free download. But Leo thinks that Microsoft may charge about $35 for the upgrade, which the company gets from each computer that carries the OS. We'll find out Thursday.