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From The Washington Post:

 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is asking everyone with a home router to do one small thing: Turn your router off and then back on again.

The agency issued a warning on Friday asking home Internet users and small business owners to reboot their routers to ward off a pernicious piece of malware called VPN Filter. The malware infects routers during the first stage of an attack that eventually gives hackers great control over the devices connected to the Internet. The malware has been linked to a group believed to be connected to the Russian military.

[The Cybersecurity 202: The FBI is trying to thwart a massive Russia-linked hacking campaign]

Research from Cisco’s Talos security group, published last week, estimates that 500,000 devices around the world may be affected by the malware, including routers made by major manufacturers such as TP-Link, Netgear and Linksys. While the FBI recently seized a critical part of the network that runs this attack, the agency still recommends that everyone reset their router, regardless of manufacturer, to cast a wider net.

Simply unplugging your router may not seem as if it could do much for your security. But resetting the router sets this complicated malware back to Stage One, said Ashley Stephenson of Corero Network Security. In its first stage, VPN Filter establishes a presence in a router, but it needs to talk to another part of the network to download the second stage of the attack.

[U.S. identifies suspect in major leak of CIA hacking tools]

Now that the FBI has control over part of the network, routers trying to enter that second stage will send information to the agency instead of hackers, Stephenson said.

Simply hitting the power button without updating their router would leave users at risk, software experts warned. As a next step, they should download the latest firmware for their devices and change their password to further guard themselves against infection.

Routers are often neglected — even forgotten — pieces of technology in our homes. After they’ve been set up, they are rarely given a second thought. But they have increasingly become a focal point for hackers looking to build massive networks of computers to control.

[How spies can use your cellphone to find you — and eavesdrop on your calls and texts too]

Several companies, such as Google, Eero and security firms Norton and F-Secure, are trying to make routers and their security easier to understand. Most people, however, simply stick with the router issued by their Internet service provider or one that they can find cheaply for $25 or $30 online, experts said.

Poor router security comes from a combination of factors, said Ben Herzberg, threat director at the security firm Imperva. Many people don’t know how to access their router settings or how to check for software updates, he said. And some manufacturers are slow to push security updates, he said, out of negligence or because their devices are so old that they can’t easily be updated over the Internet.

Herzberg recommended that anyone with a router that’s at least 15 years old replace it with a newer device and that they regularly check for updates to guard against potential new attacks. And while regularly rebooting your router isn’t always a necessary part of good security hygiene, he thinks it’s good advice to follow this time — considering the source.

“If the FBI says to reset your router, I would reset my router,” he said.

Danville home get serious updates!

Here are a few pictures from a project we have completed in Danville.  We did a new Napco security system, completely new networking for the home and updated the audio system adding Control 4 for ease of operation. We also added a Sunbrite outdoor TV and B&W speakers.

In the photos you can see the care and consideration paid to the cleanliness of wire routing. This is how it should look!

The rack is very pretty from the front. Neat and clean.

The rack is very pretty from the front. Neat and clean.

From the back it is well done. All the wire managed. No AC crossing signal path for a nice quiet background to the sound.

From the back it is well done. All the wire managed. No AC crossing signal path for a nice quiet background to the sound. All wires organized and not hanging loose.

Here is the closet area the rack slides into. As you can see it is neat and the placement of things is well thought out.

Here is the closet area the rack slides into. As you can see it is neat and the placement of things is well thought out.

Here is the Sunbrite outdoor TV in the upper placement on the movable Mantel Mount bracket.

Here is the Sunbrite outdoor TV in the upper placement on the movable Mantel Mount bracket.

Here is the same Sunbrite outdoor TV on the Mantel Mount in the lowered position.

Here is the same Sunbrite outdoor TV on the Mantel Mount in the lowered position.

Here is a look behind the Sunbrite. Here you can see how the mount comes forward and lowers from above the fireplace for ease of viewing.

Here is a look behind the Sunbrite. Here you can see how the mount comes forward and lowers from above the fireplace for ease of viewing.

All told, a very nice installation. If you like the way this looks, call us. We can not only make your home smarter, we can do it neatly!

This stunning new build custom home is now done!  All that is missing is a bit of furniture !

This large home is controlled by Control 4. We supplied security , surveillance, audio and video distributed through out the residence as well as outdoor sound!

Here is the rack full of Control 4, Luma surveillance DVR, WattBox power conditioning, Comcast boxes and the Crown amp for outdoors. All neatly out of the way.

Here is the rack full of Control 4, Luma surveillance DVR, WattBox power conditioning, Comcast boxes and the Crown amp for outdoors. All neatly out of the way.

Now to the beauty shots!

The living room centers on this stunning slab on stone around the fireplace. What can't be seen are the B&W speakers!

The living room centers on this stunning slab of stone around the fireplace. What can’t be seen are the B&W speakers!

Here is the entry foyer also powered by B&W in ceiling speakers.

Here is the entry foyer also powered by B&W in ceiling speakers.

This is one half of the family room. A beautiful 85 inch Sony 4k TV, B&W in-wall and center speakers offer up a GREAT Surround Sound presentation.

This is one half of the family room. A beautiful 85 inch Sony 4k TV, B&W in-wall and center speakers offer up a GREAT Surround Sound presentation.

This is the other half of this spacious family room. Big Sony Flat Panel recessed behind the bar so you don't miss a play while getting your drink!!

This is the other half of this spacious family room. Big Sony Flat Panel recessed behind the bar so you don’t miss a play while getting your drink!!

A chefs kitchen would not be complete without music!!  Supplied by B&W!

A chefs kitchen would not be complete without music!! Supplied by B&W!

The great outdoors!  Enhanced by an outdoor audio system complete with 12 inch buried sub woofer!!! This Episode system rocks!

The great outdoors! Enhanced by an outdoor audio system complete with 12 inch buried sub woofer!!! This Episode system rocks!

This is a truly beautiful home and we wish the owners a “welcome home” !

We have been designing, installing and monitoring security systems for 27 years.  We have and appreciate a large group of loyal clients.

One of the most asked questions has an answer that gives folks pause. It goes something like this:

Client: My security system false alarmed last night. The keypad says Zone Fault Motion. What do I do?

Our first response is right about 90% of the time…..Check for spiders in and around the motion detector.

Well our alarm in the showroom went off in the middle of the night this week….Here is what we found!!

Yikes!! But does prove the point.

YIKES!! To the motion detector that spider looks the size of GODZILLA!!!

 

 

 

Diablo, CA home gets a BIG re-do!

This is the story of a lovely home in Diablo, CA we have been working on for a while.  We have replaced the home infrastructure and networking equipment to insure a stable platform for Control4 as well as the newly designed security and surveillance systems.  We have added distributed audio and video (both B&W and Paradigm speakers and subs, Sony and Yamaha electronics)through the home as well as a theater.  This has been an extensive remodel and we are nearing completion. Left to do are an out door TV system with dedicated audio and landscape audio.

More pictures in a couple of weeks!

Living room TV with Paradigm SoundBar.

Living room TV with Paradigm SoundBar.

Family room TV with Paradigm in-ceiling speakers and sub.

Family room TV with Paradigm in-ceiling speakers and sub.

 

Need to Knows

Paradigm Integration is a privately held corporation established in 1990.

We are a California state licensed Contractor carrying a C-7, C-10 and a Do4 license. We also carry an ACO license. For your protection We maintain a 5 million dollar Liability policy.

Ca state contractor's license # 636358
Alarm company operator license # 3586

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About Paradigm Integration

About Paradigm Integration

Paradigm is a true full service Home Electronics Integrator.

We are a licensed and bonded California Contractor putting a strong emphasis on client service.

Our long list of services and vast experience teamed with a dedication to strong personal service makes us a GREAT one-stop-shop for your home electronic needs.

From your Central Vacuum system to your High End Distributed Audio we are your experts!

We offer our services to both residential and commercial clients.

So next time you need Security / Surveillance / Monitoring, Home Theater, Distributed Audio / Video, Lighting Control, Complete Home Automation, Central Vacuum or Wiring Infrastructure think Paradigm. Evolving your Electronic Environment.