Experts urge PC users to act quickly to protect themselves against Gameover Zeus and Cryptolocker.
The US department of Justice announced on Monday (02/06/2014) that it has disrupted two major online sprees that are believed to have collected millions of pounds from PC users worldwide since its first release in 2011.
Authorities in the United States and Europe claim that they have managed to crack the malicious software known as Gameover Zeus and its associated partner Cryptolocker.
According to a report by the BBC, the National Crime Agency said the two-week window had been opened after an operation led by the FBI managed to take control of servers used to control the “highly sophisticated” malicious software which has been stealing personal and financial data worldwide.
More than 15,000 machines in the UK are believed to have been infected with the virus, known as GameOver Zeus, which has been tailored by a criminal gang based in Russia and the Ukraine to search for files that will allow access to banking or financial information. The FBI believes that GameOver Zeus has been responsible for £60,000,000 in losses.
The virus also distributes another particularly aggressive “malware” programme, called CryptoLocker, which encrypts all files on a target’s computer, including personal data, and then demands a “ransom” of about £300 within a specified time limit to unlock the file.
Advice from Get Safe Online
– 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
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