Does Your Computer Have A Malware Infection?

malwareToday we are going to look at the symptoms that your computer may be displaying that are indications of a malware infection.

Visual Symptoms

These are signs that you will see on your computer display, and are the most obvious symptoms.

  • Ransomware  – The last stage of a ransomware or cryptoware infection is the prominent display of instructions on how to pay the attackers to get your decryption key
  • Fake Security Pop-Up – I haven’t ...
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Important Alert for Lenovo Owners

Lenovo-logoA rare Tuesday post, but this is too important to wait.  If you own a Lenovo computer, you need to uninstall the Lenovo Accelerator application.  A recent security advisory from Lenovo reveals that the Accelerator application can allow an attacker to access Lenovo computers

“A vulnerability was identified in the Lenovo Accelerator Application software which could lead to exploitation by an attacker with ...

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How Did They Take Over My Computer?

Computer breaches can happen many ways, but the two most common are stolen credentials, and phishing emails.  Credentials, your user name and password, sometimes are stolen from a web server breach, and then sold online on the criminal marketplaces.  Or sometimes you are tricked into giving them up on clever fake websites.  Phishing is one way that credentials are stolen.  The links in phishing emails often will direct the unwary user to the fake web page with the helpful web ...

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Chinese ARM Processors Have A Backdoor

Allwinner-chipFile this under Not Surprised.

One of the problems with sending all our technology manufacturing jobs to foreign countries in order to produce less expensive goods is that some of these countries are not necessarily our best buddies.  With some of them we might have what you would call “trust issues.”

Recently The Hacker News released an article about how a Chinese manufacturer of ARM processors (Allwinner sun8i for A83T, H3, or H3 ...

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Typographical Errors Can Have Surprising Results

typosquattingThis is not a gripe about Spell-Check, although I am driven mad when my phone tries to “correct” the spelling of something I spelled correctly.  Sometimes I get really funny and/or embarrassing results.

Speaking of embarrassing, have you ever mis-typed a domain name and ended up at a porn site?  And caught a virus?  (The computer equivalent of an STD?) This is the result of something called “typo-squatting.”  Individuals will intentionally ...

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Happy Memorial Day

battlefield crossA special thanks today, to those among us who have served  in the armed forces.

Today is a national day of remembrance for those who have fallen in the line of duty while serving our country in the armed forces, and those who lived to tell about it, but have left this world.  Take time today to find a veteran or active duty military and thank them for their service.

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The Growing Threat of Ransomware

The cyber-criminal underground has found a real moneymaker in the various forms of encryption based ransomware schemes.  These exploits turn all your readable work product, your documents, pictures, music and video files, into a collection of encrypted gibberish, and then kindly offers to sell you the decryption key.  I recently saw an infographic from Symantec on the Bromium blog that illustrated the problem perfectly.

ransomeware-infographic

What ...

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Was Your Email Password Stolen?

Email_thumb2One of the very worst breaches that can happen to you is for an attacker to be able to access your email account.  If someone else can access your email, and read the messages you send and receive, and access your contact list and calendar, then they can learn many personal details about you that would make it easier to steal your identity, access other web accounts using the password reset process, ...

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Disturbing Uses of Artificial Intellegence

Its been a while since we have written about AI and robotics, but an article in Tech Republic got me inspired to discuss some of the more disturbing uses of autonomous machines, from least to most scary

  • AI Based Medical Treatment  – There are increasing advances in the use of artificial intelligence systems in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
  • Using AI to Predict Future Events – The Nautilus computer system has been able ...
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