Once again computer users have been warned about the potential threat of a global cyber crime pandemic.
This time in the form of malware called ‘Gameover Zeus’.
Malware is the term used for malicious software and relates to any kind of unwanted software that is installed without your adequate consent. Usually from a click on a link in an unsolicited email or via a website.
Last night, the National Crime Agency advised that more than 15,000 people in the UK have already been infected and that Gameover Zeus could cost our economy millions.
Gameover Zeus is said to lay dormant on your computer until its spots an opportunity to steal person details such as online bank information and passwords, and then transmits this information back to the criminal network. The software can also lock down data on a users computer and hold it for ransom, as well as send out emails unknowingly to the computer user, to lure further victims.
There are several ways to help protect your computer against malware such as making sure automatic updating is turned on to get all the latest security updates, not opening spam email messages or clicking links on suspicious websites, and keeping your firewall turned on.
However, to protect your business from the costs associated in retrieving, restoring or replacing programs and data that have been lost or damaged as a direct result of a hacking attack or virus, I would strongly recommend considering Cyber Liability Insurance.
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