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Ransomware Threats

Posted on: May 19th, 2017 by Alexander Wright No Comments

The recent WannaCry ransomware attack caused panic and disruption across large swathes of the IT planet. So how can we stay safe in the future?

The media warned us that new variants of the ransomware would be released this week. Fortunately there has not really been any evidence of this so far but the next attack may just be round the corner.

No doubt anyone that had their data encrypted and their business disrupted will be putting new safeguards in place right now, but what about the rest of businesses and IT users? Once the dust has settled, will everyone go back to their same old ways?

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Internet security and private internet

Posted on: January 16th, 2017 by Alexander Wright No Comments

When you surf the Web, you probably take for granted your internet security and that no one else is sneaking a peek at your Web traffic and that websites are respecting your privacy. Unfortunately, neither of these is a certainty, which is why you should get a virtual private network (or VPN) service such as Private Internet Access.

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It’s one of the best VPN services out there, offering many advanced features, thousands of servers to choose from, support for file sharing services, and an interface so unobtrusive you might forget it’s there at all. For all that, Private Internet Access is a PCMag Editors’ Choice winner among desktop VPNs.

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Virus and Malware infections

Posted on: May 4th, 2016 by Alexander Wright No Comments

Virus and Malware infections

User2 Computers has over 18 years of experience in the removal of Viruses and Malware but something becoming more prevalent is the use of encryption and ransoms.

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Traditional anti virus programs such as Kaspersky and Eset are the 1st line of defense in guarding against infection from all manner of nasty programs. However more and more often systems are being infected with Malware. This is a type of program that many anti virus programs simply do not detect or can do nothing against. After all, the anti virus is there to stop this type of thing getting onto your computer in the first place, not repairing the damage it causes.

 

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Yahoo security issue

Posted on: March 6th, 2013 by Alexander Wright No Comments

At the start of this year Shahin Ramezany, a hacker and independent security researcher found a vulnerability in Yahoo Mail that is exploitable in all major browsers. Ramezany tweeted about this issue which links to a YouTube video, where he demonstrated the hack. Ramezany also claimed that the exploit have put more than 400 Million yahoo users at risk.

 
Yahoo immediately responded to the matter, in their official release a Yahoo spokesman said “We’ve been looking into it and have now confirmed that US offices are investigating too. They will be in touch if there is a comment – otherwise I recommend that if users are concerned then they should change their passwords immediately.”
Later Yahoo said that they plugged the security hole. In their statement the spokesperson added, “At Yahoo! we take security very seriously and invest heavily in measures to protect our users and their data. We were recently informed of an online video that demonstrated a vulnerability. We confirm that the vulnerability has been fixed. In addition, we are investigating recent reports of increased abusive traffic and will work diligently to fix any vulnerabilities that are found. Concerned users are encouraged to change their passwords to a safe password that combines letters, numbers, and symbols.”

But this issue did not get completely resolved as immediately after the fix was released Shahin Ramezany said that the fix is not good enough, and the Yahoo Mail exploit is still active. In his twitter he said “not effective enough and users are still at risk,” since the proof-of-concept code can be easily tweaked to continue attacks.

Now, again it seems that this or a very similar attack is ongoing within Yahoo. Currently there are new emails being mass mailed to people with just the simple line “Happened at a place near us” followed by a link. This link takes you to a website which attempts to exploit java on your machine and gain access to your Yahoo email details.

Currently we have herd from several customers who’s accounts have been compromised. These accounts then attempt to email everyone in the address book and keep the cycle going.

We would recommend that anyone with a Yahoo account change their password and check emails very carefully before clicking any links.