Hot on the heels of news regarding Osama Bin Laden, scammers are preying on the fervor and curiosity of people around the globe.
These malicious programs certainly exist, perhaps the rash of three in one day on my repair bench yesterday may be the results, but awareness is the best prevention. In my research, I was able to find a malicious java application on the first click of a Google search for “Osama Bin Laden Video”. It really does highlight how dangerous the web can be when you suddenly find yourself in their target market, and people looking for info about this are squarely in their sights.
A few reminders:
- Don’t open attachments from people you don’t know
- Don’t click on links in emails from people you don’t know
- Don’t click on links in emails if the message is even the slightest bit funky…
- for instance, if your college buddy (the smart one :-D) sends you a really poorly written email, filled with bad spelling and weird grammar, it is a fair bet their email account was compromised and it is spewing out malware.
- Only get your news from the big news sites, their videos should be safe.
- If there is a YouTube video, go to www.youtube.com and search for it there, the link to it in the email may very well be false.
- For the love of pete, take a step back from Facebook for a while. Facebook is reported to be the delivery method of nearly 50% of all malware and is universally recognized as the worst failure regarding privacy and security EVER.
Some silver-lining notes:
- If you are using Google Apps, you have reduced your surface of attack tremendously! I have never seen a virus or spyware slip through Google’s mammoth detection grid. Also, Google filters out suspicious emails and puts big bright warnings if something is suspicious.
- If you are using OpenDNS, your entire network is being filtered for malicious content. This free service, which we recommend for all of our network clients, is constantly being updated with known bad sites.
- If you are using Vipre Antivirus, well, you have the best possible protection for these attacks. Vipre was built from the ground up to combat these new forms of attack. Unlike Norton, McAfee and others, they have no ‘old code’ they have to maintain compatibility with, which in the end only cripples their protection and slows you down to a crawl.
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It has become a crazy place out there in the interwebs… be careful and be smart!