Malware Info

Because of the increasing dangers of malware attacks and computer infections I will be updating this page frequently with what kinds of malware are showing up and what to watch for. I will reiterate what I have said before that no antivirus program will completely protect you. They may protect you from know malware but the bad guys are always creating new variants that will not be detected. The best practice is if you are not expecting something don’t open it.

Another layer of protection is to have a firewall with a subscription service that allows you to block entire countries, give you gateway botnet and antivirus protection and deep packet inspection. The firewall that I recommend is SonicWALL

Statistics now show that in the last 10 years malware attacks have switched form 80% individuals doing the attacks and 20 percent by organizations to now the reverse with 80% of the attacks from organizations. What this means is that the attacks are much more sophisticated. They can now create more real looking and targeting attacks to trick you into opening them. 76% of ransomware is coming through email so that is where you need to be most diligent. They also use social networking to learn about companies to also better craft their attacks.

Also you need to be very wary about telephone scams. People will call you and pretend to be from Microsoft or a computer manufacture and say that they noticed you have problems on your computer. Microsoft will never call you saying this. The bad guys are trying to trick you into letting them connect to your computer. I have personally heard of cased where they locked the computer and only letting you back in if you pay them.

Below are some recent phishing emails that I have seen recently.