The Google Docs Hoax: What Have We Learned?

It has been a couple of weeks since the Google Docs hoax spread across the Internet like wildfire.  What have we learned about this exploit?

Originally this appeared to be a phishing campaign, but phishing emails are spoofed clever replicas.  These emails were the genuine article, and were sent from Google mail servers, from the hijacked Google accounts of people you were likely to know.  This made the exploit difficult to detect, ...

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Using Windows Defender Offline

Windows10We have been recommending Windows Defender as an acceptable anti-malware program.  What we like about it is that it comes baked into the Windows 10 operating system, and gets its malware definitions updates with the other Windows security and feature updates that users are already receiving.   And it is free.  Plus it keeps your system a little less cluttered than adding a third party anti-malware product.

Sure, it is not top of ...

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Does Your Computer Have A Malware Infection? – Part 2

malwareOn Wednesday we looked at the obvious, visual symptoms of a malware infection.  Today we will explore some changes in performance that can indicate that your computer is infected.

Performance Symptoms

Most malware writers are NOT interested in giving you easy visual clues, but the malware will create additional activity on your system that can tip you off to an infection.

  • Constantly Flashing Hard Drive Light – If the hard drive activity light is constantly ...
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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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OpenDNS Umbrella – Web Filtering and Security for SMBs

OpenDNSA great product for quickly and easily adding web site filtering to your organization is OpenDNS Umbrella.  OpenDNS was recently purchased by Cisco Systems.  OpenDNS is another featured security product that is part of the Managed Services program here at CIT.

The way OpenDNS works is that all of your traffic to and from the Internet is run through the proxy server cloud at OpenDNS.  In addition to protecting your organization ...

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Bitdefender Rated Best Business AV

bitdefenderAV-Test rated Bitdefender Endpoint Security 5.3 the best anti-virus software for Windows client business users in its December 2015 test.  I mention this because this is the product that we deploy here at CIT for our managed service customers.  They rated a nearly perfect score.  Here are the particulars:

  • 100% effective against zero-day malware out of 140 samples used
  • 100% detection of 14,658 pervalent malware samples
  • Bitdefender affected performance negliably, adding a ...
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Word and Excel Macro Viruses Are Back

macro-virusUsing BASIC or Visual BASIC programming scripts can add automation and other functions to documents created in the Microsoft Office productivity suite of products.  Unfortunately, this feature can be used by cyber-attackers to send malware exploits in otherwise innocuous looking documents that most people would open without a second thought.

The macro virus goes back to 1995, the most infamous being the Melissa email macro virus that $80 million in damages to US ...

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Drive-By Trojan Downloader Compromises Security

One of my collegues sent a link to a BBC article about the Sinowal Trojan horse , which is also known as Torpig and Mebroot. This trojan installs itself on victims’ computers when they simply visit certain web sites, and collects banking and credit card information and reports back to the what appear to be eastern European and Russian criminal gangs, such as the Russin Business Network. Links to the article are here.

Your best form of protection ...

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