Is it really as bad as it sounds?
The usual scaremongering is doing the rounds once again. This time a Botnet which has been disrupted temporarily in an operation led by the FBI . They say it will probably be active again in about two weeks once the hackers have got round the current blocking tactics. ISP`s who have detected their customers as been infected are saying they will be contacting them by letter or email, some already have been sent.
Gameover Zeus and Cryptolocker, these are what you currently need to know and look out for. They are aggressive malware that can infect your system, Gameover Zeus will search specifically for files containing financial information, and in some cases if it cannot find any it will install the CryptoLocker and lock you out of your pc, files and photos and will give you only hours to pay a ransom. If you dont pay it, say goodbye to your data.
So, Is it as bad as it sounds? In short YES. If your caught and infected it can be disastrous.
As the old adage says, prevention it better than cure! And in this case its definatly true. So what can you do
to help mitigate the threat…
Install internet security software Such as Eset EndPoint Security
Do not open attachments in emails unless you are 100% certain that they are authentic
Make sure your internet security software is up-to-date and switched on at all times
Make sure your Windows operating system has the latest Microsoft updates applied
Make sure your software programs have the latest manufacturers’ updates applied
Make sure all of your files including documents, photos, music and bookmarks are backed up and readily available in case you are no longer able to access them on your computer
Never store passwords on your computer in case they are accessed by Gameover Zeus or another aggressive malware program
Now you’ve found out how to help prevent these problems, a brief explanation to what these terminologies mean is in order..
Bot – one of the individual computers in a botnet; bots are also called drones or zombies
Botnet – a network of hijacked home computers, typically controlled by a criminal gang
Malware – an abbreviation for malicious software ie a virus, Trojan or worm that infects a PC
Ransomware – like malware, but once in control it demands a fee to unlock a PC
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