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Protect Yourself against Malware

You may have seen in the news that the National Crime Agency (NCA) is urging members of the public to protect themselves against powerful malicious software (malware), which may be costing UK computer users millions of pounds.

We recently sent you a reminder about Phishing scams. Cyber criminals are currently using attachments sent in phishing e-mails to infect computers with two different types of malware:

1. A virus known as Gameover Zeus, GOZeus, or P2PZeus

This is a type of aggressive malware which infects your computer so that it can effectively be ‘taken over’ by the criminals. It can be used for a number of different criminal activities such as viewing your files, monitoring your bank accounts, sending emails in your name and even using your webcam to physically spy on you.

2. Ransomware known as CryptoLocker

CryptoLocker is a virus which criminals use to prevent you opening any files – effectively locking down your PC – before issuing you with a ransom demand. If you pay the ransom, there is no guarantee that it will be unlocked. Once your computer is locked, it is effectively rendered useless as you cannot access your email, files, photos, music or bookmarks.

This warning is not intended to cause you panic but we cannot over-stress the importance of taking action immediately to protect your computer and your details. The NCA has taken temporary control of the communications used to connect with infected computers, but expects only a very limited window of opportunity to ensure you are protected.

What should you do to protect yourself?

Get Safe on Line

Get Safe Online has set up the above page which provides various tools to detect the presence of this malware on your computer, and remove it. The recommendation is that you use one of these tools immediately.

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Date: 04/06/2014