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5 Companies That Had A Rough Week

For the week ending April 20, CRN looks at IT companies that were unfortunate, unsuccessful or just didn't make good decisions.

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Russian Hackers Targeting Cisco Smart Install Protocol, 168,000 Systems Potentially Exposed

Cisco Systems disclosed this week that more than 168,000 of its systems are potentially exposed to attack through the vendor's Cisco Smart Install Client, which the U.S. government said is being targeted by Russian state-sponsored hackers.

In an alert issued Monday the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team said Russian hackers are attacking networking devices, network management protocols and the Cisco Smart Install Client in systems that belong to governments, infrastructure providers and businesses.

Cisco Talos, the company's threat intelligence group, has also warned that the problem with the Cisco Smart Install Client, while "not a vulnerability in the classic sense," can be misused as an attack vector and "should be mitigated immediately."

Cisco Talos said several incidents in multiple countries, including some specifically targeting critical infrastructure, have involved the misuse of the Smart Install protocol.

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