Upgrade your Java and Adobe

Upgrade your Java and Adobe

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There has been a lot of news lately about business networks (and home PCs) being infected by viruses, malware, botnets, and other bad things. The most common method of infection is by exploiting bugs in common software applications such as Adobe Reader and Java. To avoid being a the next victim make sure your are running the latest versions of the software. The links below will take you where you need to go. The upgrades are fast and straightforward.

Note: During the installations you will be prompted to install 3rd party software such as McAfee Anti-virus or Google’s Chrome Browser. Uncheck these options before clicking ‘Next’.

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Data Loss Facts

Data Loss Facts

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Did you know that …

70% of small firms that experience a major data loss go out of business within a year.

Of companies experiencing catastrophic data loss:

• 43% of companies never reopened
• 51% of companies closed within 2 years

If your backup plan consists of shuffling tapes, flash drives,or external disk drives then you should consider online (aka Cloud) backups.

Wireguided’s Online Backup Solution costs as low as $600 a year and backs up databases, mail servers, and everything else. All information is encrypted before it leaves your network. In case of a major disaster you can download your data from any Internet connected computer or have information sent to you next day on an external disk drive.

For more information please email info@wireguided.com or call us at 781-679-0660

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Fake Service Pack

Fake Service Pack

Security

The bad guys are at it again. This time sending an email that looks like a Microsoft Windows Service Pack upgrade.  You will never receive Service Packs via email. Before clicking on an email, always ask yourself, “did I ever give this organization my email address?”.

The email will look like the image below:

If you put your mouse over the link (Don’t click) it shows that it actually goes to a website in the Island of Saint Helena. There it tries to get you to run a executable which will no doubt do bad things to your system.

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Fake Virus Scan (video)

Fake Virus Scan (video)

Education Security

If you have a PC (or even a Mac), you may know someone who has been a victim of malware that pretends to be a virus scan.  What make this a nasty piece of software is that it makes your system unusable until it is removed. Let’s show you what it looks like and how to remove it.

What does it look like?

The video below shows a sample website that is trying to get you to infect your system.

Prevention

A keen eye will notice that the ‘virus scan’ is actually happening inside your web browser and not your PC. The site is trying to trick you into installing the software that will really infect your system. So what do you do? Well, just close your browser (if you can). If not reboot your PC or more advanced users can kill the web browser process via CTRL-ALT-DEL. Just do not click on anything or agree to download any file. If you follow the above directions, you are safe and no infection will occur.

Removal

If by accident you panicked and installed the ‘anti-virus’ software there are a few ways to remove it. The most basic way is to have your IT staff reboot the PC and then log into it as a different user that has admin privledges. Once logged in, run a Malwarebytes to remove the software. I also recommend running CCleaner to clean up temp files where more malware may lurk.

If you cannot log in as another user, boot the system into safe mode and run the software above.

NOTE: Sometimes the malware removal may remove how the system understands how to execute files. If this happens you will need to download a tool that will rebuild that connection from another PC and run it from a flash drive on the repaired system.

If you have any questions or need assistance in removal, future prevention, or employee education please contact Wireguided.

-Tim

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Facebook Phishing Alert

Facebook Phishing Alert

Security

A new scam is out there trying to get you to hand over your facebook information. An email such as the one below looks like it is from Facebook but is actually from some nice folks in Russia. If you see this please delete and do not click on the links. Also, if you hover your mouse over the ‘3 messages’ link (don’t click!) it will show a Russian domain.

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New Fake Antivirus

New Fake Antivirus

Security

The bad guys have released a new rogue (fake anti-virus/anti-malware ) program that pretends to be Microsoft Security Essentials, a legitimate program that protects your PC against spyware and other bad things. The usual method of infection is by visiting websites that use a vulnerability in your browser to install this software without your knowledge. It may also be installed by clicking on a link that does the same thing. The malware will first show the following screen notifiing you that your system is ‘infected’:


The giveaway that this is just not right is the next list of products that can ‘fix’ this non-existent infection. Surprisingly, only some unknown software can ‘fix’ your computer. Do not fall for this.

If you are infected run a legitimate anti-malware program such as the free Malwarebytes.

-Tim

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Social Network Security

Security

Social networking sites are now an everyday stop during the average person’s day on the computer. Sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and MySpace are now being logged into from business computers everyday. What most people do not realize is that the next game of Farmville may lead to a network security breach.

Threat #1: Worms and Spyware

Games on social networking sites, such as Farmville, are  great way to have a little fun. What most people do not realize is that anyone can create an application and send it to their ‘Friends’. This application may say it is a game, travel application, or anything else. However, if the program is a trojan horse then you could be in trouble. This will be the future of attacks and there are already examples of this in the wild. Be very careful what you open. On a business network, it is not only  your computer that might be affected.

Threat #2: Redirection to Malicious sites

You see a link on your friends Facebook page and click on it. You might just have been attacked. Hackers are targeting accounts and then submitting safe looking links to status pages. The links may go to a site that downloads spyware or that redirects you to fake versions of common web pages such as banks, ebay, or social sites. Once you enter your login information on these fake sites, your data it sent to the hackers.

Threat #3: Social Engineering

LinkedIn is a site to keep in touch with your business associates. Hackers are now using this trust to set up fake employees and asking you to be their friend. Once you friend someone who you think you worked with they use information from your profile to gain access to your systems. For example, by knowing your name, business phone #, job title, etc. they call up your IT provider and say you forgot your password.What makes this even more damaging, is that they may know from your status updates if you are traveling, on vacation, or working on a specific project to craft a more effective attack.

-Tim

Phishing Attacks

Security

Phishing is the name given to the act of sending someone an email that looks like it comes from a legitimate organization but that is actually from a malicious source. The email will either contain a link or attachment that, once clicked on or opened, will install spyware, rootkits, or remote control software on the victims PCs. Another, more personal version, of this attach is called Spear-phishing. This is a fake email crafted just for you, usually from a specific friend of co-worker. Spear-phishing was used to hack into Google, IBM, and multiple government agencies.

Let’s look at the most common types starting with recent versions of this attack.

Booby-trapped Attachments

These emails contain an attachment that once opened will do all sorts of bad things on your computer (or network). The attachment is usually a zip file or PDF document. Some of the more recent phishing attacks pretend to come from the following sources:

  • iTunes Store – Fake $50 gift certificate attachment
  • UPS/FedeX/DHL – Fake attachment that supposedly contains tracking info

Here is an example of the new iTunes scam email:

Links to Malicious Web Sites

The most common version of phishing scams looks like an email from a legitimate organization that is requesting you click on a link to either verify some sort of information (e.g., account settings, address, bank balance, email address, etc.) or to ‘activate’ an account. Once you click on the link you will either be brought to a web page that looks real or the link itself will launch the attack. Some of the most common examples pretend to be from the following sources:

  • Banks and investment companies (Sun Bank, Citizens Bank, Fidelity, Bank of America, etc.)
  • Paypal, eBay, Amazon.com
  • Government Agencies  (IRS, Dept of Veterans Affairs, Social Security Admin)
  • Software companies ( Apple, Microsoft, etc.)

Here is an example of a fake email:

How to protect yourself and your business

The  best way to protect yourself from these sorts of attacks is to use some common sense. First, if it is too good to be true, it is. Second, nothing is for free. Third, ask yourself if you ever provided your email address to the organization. Lastly,  would the information that they are requesting allow someone access to my information.

You should educate yourself and your employees to never open unknown attachments or click on links in email. Also, if you have even the slightest question, call up your bank or online vendor and ask them if they sent it.

There are also technical solutions to these types of attacks. If you would like more information please email contact us. Wireguided can help you decide what solutions can best protect you and your business.