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Yahoo Announces Largest Security Breach of All Time

the Yahoo sign at company headquarters

On Thursday, Yahoo announced a massive security breach involving user account credentials for its services.

According to Yahoo’s investor relations page, “a copy of certain user account information was stolen from the company’s network in late 2014 by what it believes is a state-sponsored actor”. The account information in question includes names, email addresses, passwords, birthdays, telephone numbers, and some potentially-unencrypted security questions and answers”. Yahoo says it does not believe any credit card or bank account information was included in the breach.

Initial accounts from Yahoo indicate that at least 500 million user account credentials were stolen, making this the largest security breach of all time. If you use any of Yahoo’s services, we strongly recommend changing your password and security answers as soon as possible.

To learn more about creating strong passwords and protecting them from hackers, check out our One-Minute Wednesday episode by clicking here or watching below:

 


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See below for the full message from Yahoo’s investor relations page:

A recent investigation by Yahoo! Inc. has confirmed that a copy of certain user account information was stolen from the company’s network in late 2014 by what it believes is a state-sponsored actor. The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. The ongoing investigation suggests that stolen information did not include unprotected passwords, payment card data, or bank account information; payment card data and bank account information are not stored in the system that the investigation has found to be affected. Based on the ongoing investigation, Yahoo believes that information associated with at least 500 million user accounts was stolen and the investigation has found no evidence that the state-sponsored actor is currently in Yahoo’s network. Yahoo is working closely with law enforcement on this matter.

Yahoo is notifying potentially affected users and has taken steps to secure their accounts. These steps include invalidating unencrypted security questions and answers so that they cannot be used to access an account and asking potentially affected users to change their passwords. Yahoo is also recommending that users who haven’t changed their passwords since 2014 do so.

Yahoo encourages users to review their online accounts for suspicious activity and to change their password and security questions and answers for any other accounts on which they use the same or similar information used for their Yahoo account. The company further recommends that users avoid clicking on links or downloading attachments from suspicious emails and that they be cautious of unsolicited communications that ask for personal information. Additionally, Yahoo asks users to consider using Yahoo Account Key, a simple authentication tool that eliminates the need to use a password altogether.

Online intrusions and thefts by state-sponsored actors have become increasingly common across the technology industry. Yahoo and other companies have launched programs to detect and notify users when a company strongly suspects that a state-sponsored actor has targeted an account. Since the inception of Yahoo’s program in December 2015, independent of the recent investigation, approximately 10,000 users have received such a notice.

Additional information will be available on the Yahoo Security Issue FAQs page, beginning at 11:30 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on September 22, 2016.

September 26th, 2016|

TechMD Makes the Inc. 5000 List Again in 2016

TechMD ranked 3028 on the Inc. 5000

For the third consecutive year, TechMD has been featured on the Inc. 5000 List. This year, we were named the 3028th fastest-growing company in the United States, with 113% three-year growth. For more than 30 years now, Inc. Magazine has been ranking the fastest-growing private US businesses across all industries. We are honored to be featured on their list three years in a row!

2016 has been a big year for us. After months of renovation work, we finally finished our new building and moved in. We have grown to 48 team members, launched a new website, and continued to refine and perfect our services. And, of course, we’ve partnered with several new clients and are looking forward to serving them for years to come!

And with our new building comes new opportunities: we’ve already hosted a Lunch and Learn in our awesome kitchen and lounge space, and we’re looking forward to hosting many more. Stay tuned for more information about workshops on network security, business intelligence, and many other important topics!

We look forward to being included on the Inc. 5000 list for a fourth year in a row in 2017!

September 9th, 2016|

The 2016 TechMD Olympics Have Begun!

The 2016 Olympics have begun in Rio de Janeiro, and so have our office Olympics! Some of our highly-anticipated tournaments include Super Smash Bros., Foosball, and our highlight tournament of the week: Ping Pong. When your favorite analysts aren’t spending time doing IT right, you can find them in our lounge battling it out for gold and glory!

David and Nate face off in their Round 3 match

David and Nate face off in their Round 3 match

Ping Pong is one of our most highly-anticipated and well-attended sports here at TechMD. This tournament (like many of our previous ones) has been graciously organized by one of our favorite Professional Services Consultants, Cory “BigJeffrey” Hanley, the reigning Ping Pong champion.

While it’s no secret that Cory is one of our toughest competitors, Jr. Developer David Larsen has provided some strong competition in this tournament, knocking Cory into the loser’s bracket after their Semi-Final match!

The TechMD Ping Pong Tournament Bracket

Will Cang “CD#1” Dao recover from early losses and fight his way back into the championship match? Will “NastyNate” Emenaker succeed in his face-off against Cang, only to meet Cory at the top of the loser’s bracket? Will newcomer David Larsen be able to defeat Cory for the second time and take the throne as Supreme Champion?

Stay tuned to find out!

August 8th, 2016|

We’ve Moved Into Our New Building

After a year of renovation, we are excited to announce that we have moved into our new office building! Purchased in August of 2015, our new home-away-from-home is finished and occupied.

The New TechMD Building

President and Co-Founder Sebastian Igreti was the visionary behind the new space, working around the clock with the architectural firm and general contractor to create a truly impressive building. Concrete floors and natural wood elements give the space a contemporary and comfortable environment. Our teams have been organized into pods that effectively facilitate collaboration and team building. And the full kitchen and spacious lounge provides us with ample space to relax, have lunch, and play games together, all while being the perfect place to host and entertain our clients.

The TechMD Lounge and Kitchen

The TechMD lobby

The new building also features several outdoor patios, a fully-functioning gym, widescreen game systems, a foosball table, and a ping pong table (where our first tournament is already underway!). Our new home was purchased and built with our rapid growth in mind: transitioning from multiple separate suites in a shared building to a modern and spacious building of our own will give us the room to expand and continue to perfect our service offering.

We are all thrilled to have finally settled into a new space that fits our needs and allows us to better serve our clients!

June 15th, 2016|

OC Register Covers TechMD’s 2015 Volunteering Program


We made the paper! This year we set a company goal to complete at least 500 hours of volunteering, and on December 3rd, 2015, the Orange County Register profiled our volunteering program, along with several other Orange County companies.

We are honored to have so many employees who are willing to sacrifice their time and invest their efforts in helping the less fortunate thrive and flourish. Check out the OC Register article, and don’t miss the photos in the slideshow!

Giving Tree

December 4th, 2015|

TechMD Ranked 33rd Fastest-Growing Private Business in OC

OCBJ

TechMD paced 33rd on the Orange County Business Journal’s 2015 list of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies in Orange County. The full list includes 153 companies, with combined revenues totaling $18.4 billion and a 57% average growth rate. At TechMD, we have experienced a 78.1% growth in revenue over the last two years, and we’re looking forward to next year as we continue to grow!

Since the beginning of 2015, we’ve fine-tuned our service offering, onboarded hundreds of new users, and launched a successful weekly webseries on technology solutions and security issues.

Thank you to everyone who worked hard over the last two years to make this possible!

September 28th, 2015|

TechMD Featured on Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies

You Are Inc 5000 edit

TechMD was featured on the Inc. 5000 again in 2015, where we were named the 2144th fastest-growing company in the United States. Inc. Magazine has been ranking the fastest-growing private U.S. businesses for over 30 years, showcasing growth and success across all industries. We are honored to be included on their list for the second year in a row!

Since the beginning of 2015, we’ve fine-tuned our service offering, onboarded hundreds of new users, and launched a successful weekly webseries on technology solutions and security issues.

We look forward to another year of growth and hope to be included in the Inc. 5000 for a third year in 2016!

August 21st, 2015|

Infographic – Traditional Backup vs Business Continuity

A common question in business is “do I back things up myself or let someone else handle it?” Let this infographic settle the debate once and for all by giving you the truth on data backup!

Click the image to learn the full story!

Traditional-Backup-vs-Business-Continuity-Top

November 24th, 2014|

TechMD Ranked an Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Company

You Are Inc 5000 edit

TechMD is honored to announce that we have been featured in the 2014 Inc. 5000, named the #2171 fastest-growing company in the United States. Inc. Magazine has been ranking the fastest growing private U.S. businesses for over 30 years, showcasing growth and success across all industries. We are honored to be included on their list.

Over the past year, we’ve onboarded hundreds of new users, shipped over 5,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies, launched a new website, and have been named one of the Best Places To Work in Orange County.

We look forward to another year of growth and hope to make this list yet again in 2015! Thank you to everyone that helped make this progress possible.

August 25th, 2014|

Best Places to Work in OC

TechMD EmployeeHere at TechMD, we don’t just strive for success, we want to maintain it. So when we were given the honor of Best Places to Work in Orange County by the Orange County Business Journal in 2012, we knew we had to keep up the hard work. We know that we do IT right, but doing right by our people is just as important.

We’re proud to announce that the hard work paid off and we’ve once again been named one of the Best Places to Work in Orange County for 2014.

Based on a 78-question Employee Engagement and Satisfaction Survey, we ranked above many of our competitors and are really honored to call TechMD a great place to work.

Best Places to WorkTo be considered for participation, we had to fulfill the following requirements:
– Have at least 15 employees working in Orange County;
– Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business or government entity;
– Be a publicly or privately held business;
– Have a facility in Orange County; and
– Must be in business a minimum of 1 year.

Check out the article 2014 “Best Places to Work in Orange County” and be sure to watch the “Join Our Team” video detailing exactly why we can officially call ourselves one of the Best Places to Work in Orange County!

July 3rd, 2014|