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A Major Virus to Hit Within Two Weeks

Written by Gary North on June 4, 2014

This is not a false alarm. It is being reported all over the Web. It is called CryptoLocker. It is already doing its work. It is an extortion virus. You must pay about $500 to get your computer back.

The other is called Gameover Zeus. It is after bank account data. They are both from inside Russia.

Here is a report from a British newspaper.

Internet users have two weeks to protect themselves against the GameOver Zeus and CryptoLocker viruses being used by criminal gangs to extort millions of pounds, US and UK security agencies announced on Monday.

The warning came after the FBI successfully disrupted a major cybercriminal network in the US from using the viruses to infect computers and steal data.

GameOver Zeus, also known as P2PZeuS, was designed by Russia and Ukrainian gangs to find and harness computer files that give access to banking and financial information, while Cryptolocker encrypts all files on a target’s computer and demands the user pays around £300 to unlock the file.

Almost 250,000 computers worldwide have been infected with CryptoLocker since it emerged in April and it has so far been used to extort payments of more than $27m (£16m), according to the FBI.

Passwords are vulnerable. Do not store them on your computer unless they are encrypted.

Recommended password apps include: PasswordBox, LastPass 3.0, and KeePass.

Almost no one is going to do this: have two separate accounts on your computer. One standard account should be for day-to-day use, while an ‘administrator’ account is used to make changes to the machine. This account should not be used often.

People may do this. Update your computer virus shield software. Run scans. I have done both.

Do not open email attachments unless you are certain they are authentic.

A few people may do this: Change your passwords. And this: back up your files.

A similar article was posted on MarketWatch. It is here.

The U.S. Government has posted a list of programs that can check your computer. The list is here.

An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.

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14 thoughts on “A Major Virus to Hit Within Two Weeks

  1. ONE DAY SOON, IT MAY BE TIME TO GO BACK TO LANDLINE PHONE CALLS AND SNAIL MAIL HAND WRITTEN LETTERS.

  2. It is time to make computer hacking a crime that is punishable by firing squad televised on nationwide TV. It would only take around three of those to stop this utter time and money wasting hacking crap!

  3. I just shared the original article to my Facebook page. I hope others do the same. See my blog at http://cranky-conservative.blogspot.com

  4. Dale Hogue says:

    I'm a peaceful man who is not given to making threats of any kind, but it appears that Ken might have the answer to the problem of computer hacking. Death is final. If a death sentence for hacking doesn't solve the hacking problem
    it will certainly cut down on the number of hackers who are doing the hacking.

  5. Guest 1 says:

    Eternal vigilance is the price of Freedom Online.

  6. While a firing squad might be enticing to a few of you, the viruses originated in Russia. Considering the number of idiots in this country who want to go to war against Russia, I doubt that Vlad is going to be very helpful to our efforts to find the originators and bring them to any form of justice.

    If Canada decided to join China or Russia, do you really think our nation would allow it? That is how you should look at what happened in the Ukraine. Grow a brain before you consider Ukraine. They don’t want us on their back porch any more than we want them on ours.

  7. The best way to protect yourself from this crap is to use Linux instead of Windows. Linux used to be hard to use, but not any more. It’s free, yes, truly free, looks very much like Windows, and can be installed in under an hour. I wrote a detailed article showing you how, here: http://www.lawfulpath.com/ref/linux-bestChoice.php

    This article is fishy. Why the “two weeks”? What happens if you wait two weeks and a day? These viruses only affect computers running Windows. It looks suspiciously to me like the NSA has some shiny new spyware they’d like to get installed on your computer. Act within the next two weeks, and you can be a part of the NSA’s pilot program to invite spies into your living room.

  8. Always amazed how the government knows exactly when a virus or "terrorist attack" (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) is going to happen….but never has enough intel to prevent one from happening, or find the perpetrators after it's over. Strange.

  9. 99% of people have no idea how a computer program works with a computer itself.

    Nor do anybody have the time to figure it out and write programs or examine them.

    We are at the mercy of the programmers is all I can say…..

  10. Trace these hackers down and hit em with a drone!

  11. Phillip the Bruce says:

    According to Snopes, this is a valid attack, but it's not new. Been around since October. But NOW it's 2 weeks?

  12. The Blue Collar Man says:

    A pre-virus notice? Leaves me cold. Anyway, if I do get hacked, I'll have lots more free time, rather than tied to my PC.

  13. You could adapt sharia and cut their hands off.. the muslim want this !