The National Crime Agency is warning computer users they have two weeks to protect against a “powerful computer attack”, it comes as US officials held a press conference accusing a Russian hacker of masterminding the scam and raking in £60m.
Two pieces of malware software known as GOZeuS and CryptoLocker are at the centre of the alert. People are being warned to make sure their security software and operating system are both up to date, and to run scans to check for any problems.
Important files should also be backed up, said the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA).
Advice from Get Safe Online
- Install internet security software from companies listed on Get Safe Online’s Facebook and Google+ profiles to download a free tool to scan for Gameover Zeus and CryptoLocker, and remove them from your computer
- 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.
What you need to know –
- If your computer does not run the Windows operating system, then this latest attack does not affect you.
- The attack is sent to computers through “Phishing” emails, which look as if they are from legitimate sources, which direct you to download this malicious software.
- Make sure anti-virus software, firewalls and any other protection software on your computer are up-to-date.
- Ensure that your passwords are complex and different for each regular website you use.
Your computer operating systems should all have the latest security patches and updates, anti-virus software should be up-to-date. If you’re concerned about your computer systems and your business, contact Sheridan Computers to arrange an on-site visit to asses your situtation.
For more information visit www.getsafeonline.org/nca.