How Did They Take Over My Computer?

Keyboard - Enter key replace with a RED HELP Key

Keyboard – Enter key replace with a RED HELP Key

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 form.  With stolen credentials the attacker can log in as you on your system and pretty much do whatever they want.

But phishing is also one way that malware is delivered to a targeted computer, usually through attachments that appear to be a document of some sort but hide an active malware program that is installed when the attachment is opened.  Or the malware is installed from the web page that you went to when you clicked on the link in the phishing email.

How can you tell when your computer has been compromised?  This week we will look at the main symptoms.



About the Author:

Cybersecurity guru to business owners in the St Paul, Minneapolis, and western Wisconsin area. Computer security and hacking have been a passion of mine since I entered the computer and networking business in 2000. In 2013 I completed a course of study and certification exam to become a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). In 2016 I was certified as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). As Cybersecurity Analyst at The WyzCo Group, I help our clients experience high levels of computer security, network security, and web site security. In addition to consulting on security products and services, we also conduct security audits, vulnerability assessments and full penetration tests. We also provide Cybersecurity Awareness Training for clients and their employees. We also work with companies and organizations that need to certify compliance with regulations such as PCI-DSS (credit card processing), HIPAA/HITECH (medical records), and GLBA. The views expressed on this Web site are mine alone and do not necessarily represent the views of my employer.

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