Protect your IT Systems from new Cyber Threat

June 4, 2014   //   No Comments

The UK public was warned on Monday 2nd June that they have two weeks to protect their computers from the Gameover Zeus malware.

Website V3 explains that GameOver Zeus installs itself on a victim’s machine.  Once inside, the tool monitors the key strokes made by users when accessing internet services such as online banking, enabling the criminals behind the malware to access accounts.

Experts believe between 500,000 and one million computers are infected, and the FBI estimates $100m has been lost by individuals and businesses around the world.

On Monday, the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) together with other enforcement agencies such as the FBI and Europol announced they had temporarily disabled the malware.  The disablement is likely to only last a few weeks before Gameover Zeus is running again, so people have been encouraged to use this time to protect their systems.  Get Safe Online is a good source of information, however it is currently experiencing problems due to high volumes of people trying to access the information.

The Telegraph from 3rd June offers this advice:

  • Use and maintain anti-virus software. It is vitally important to install the latest updates.
  • Change your passwords. Your original passwords may have been compromised during the infection.
  • Keep your operating system and applications up-to-date – install the latest patches.
  • 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 per cent certain that they are authentic.
  • 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.