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    Default 'Two Weeks' To Prepare For Cyber Attack

    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 is installed and 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).

    The malware typically infects a computer via attachments or links in emails.

    "(They) may look like they have been sent by genuine contacts and may purport to carry invoices, voicemail messages, or any file made to look innocuous," the NCA warned.

    "These emails are generated by other victims' computers, who do not realise they are infected, and are used to send mass emails creating more victims."

    The agency said GOZeuS (also known as P2PZeuS) was responsible for hundreds of millions of pounds of fraud globally.

    If a user clicks on an infected link or attachment, the malware silently monitors activity and tries to capture any private information, such as banking details.

    Sky's Technology Correspondent Tom Cheshire said: "We should all be concerned. It goes specifically after financial information, and if that is over a certain threshold it starts stealing it, very silently without you necessarily noticing."

    The second threat comes from the Cryptolocker malware which can lock a user out of their file, for example photos or text documents, until a "ransom" of several hundred pounds is paid.

    "Recent intelligence has suggested that more than 15,500 computers in the UK are currently infected, with many more potentially at risk," said the NCA.

    FBI action in the US had weakened the network of affected computers, said the NCA, "meaning that action taken now to strengthen online safety can be particularly effective".

    Thirty-year-old Russian Evgeniy Bogachev is the alleged leader of the gang behind the attacks, FBI executive assistant director Robert Anderson told reporters in Washington DC.

    "GameOver Zeus is the most sophisticated botnet the FBI and our allies have ever attempted to disrupt," Mr Anderson said.

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    Default Re: 'Two Weeks' To Prepare For Cyber Attack

    Isn't this the plot for the new 24 series?

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    Default Re: 'Two Weeks' To Prepare For Cyber Attack

    You should be vigil at all times anyway, i would never open an e-mail from an unknown source or click a link or open an attachment, common sense really.

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    Default Re: 'Two Weeks' To Prepare For Cyber Attack

    FAO ilscuro:
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    Default Re: 'Two Weeks' To Prepare For Cyber Attack

    Eset smart security has been filtering out a lot of infected emails sent to my work email address recently. Maybe this is to do with the sudden influx.


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    Default Re: 'Two Weeks' To Prepare For Cyber Attack

    Sorry but why in two weeks?

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    Default Re: 'Two Weeks' To Prepare For Cyber Attack

    Quote Originally Posted by koola2 View Post
    Sorry but why in two weeks?
    I suppose it's to give the AV, Malware and Firewall companies a chance to spam us to shit that we should buy their products lol.

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    Default Re: 'Two Weeks' To Prepare For Cyber Attack

    I have used Eset for years and find them amongst the best. along with Malware Bytes, i'm hoping that will sort me out..
    the biggest headache, if it happens, is going to be all the friends and relatives who cry for help when their wide open systems
    don't stop it..

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    Default Re: 'Two Weeks' To Prepare For Cyber Attack

    Cryptolocker is old news now, and although infected (encrypted) PC's cannot be repaired the malware is blocked by all big scanners.

    I'm wondering if this has anything to do with TrueCrypt leaving the planet...

    Why a two week warning though is odd. Implies they've known a lot longer as well...


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    Default Re: 'Two Weeks' To Prepare For Cyber Attack

    It interesting whilst I expect my web published domain catchall email address to be the target of phishing with baited attachments I have now noticed the same on a unpublished and a unused domain email address I set up last month. There well crafted emails from companies house inland revenue etc and good English in the text of the email. The giveaway is always the payload attachment.

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    Default Re: 'Two Weeks' To Prepare For Cyber Attack

    What I don't understand is why the news agencies here and in the States are playing it out like its specifically the UK that is solely under threat.

    Surely the UK accounts for a lower percentage of infections verses the States, and countries like India and China....

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    ....sorry, couldn't resist. That's all that's been going through my mind since I heard about this!

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    Default Re: 'Two Weeks' To Prepare For Cyber Attack

    Some help from the get safe online website and tools to help deal
    with this if you get it.


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    Free tools have been specially developed and made available to you by a number of internet security software companies.
    You can use any of these tools regardless of the make of internet security software you normally use.Symantec
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    F-Secure Online scanner (Windows Vista, 7 and 8)
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    F-Secure Rescue CD (Windows XP systems)
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    Kaspersky
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    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] (WindowsUnlocker utility for if your computer is infected with CryptoLocker)
    Sophos
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    Heimdal Security
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    Report a loss
    If you think you have lost money through [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] such as Gameover Zeus and CryptoLocker, you should report it to Action Fraud at [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] or by calling 0300 123 2040.
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