We have had a few enquiries to our help desk this week about the latest piece of malware – Gameover Zeus. This software installs itself on a victim’s machine often via a phishing attack. Once inside, the tool monitors the key strokes made by users when accessing internet services such as online banking, enabling the criminals behind the malware to access accounts.
On Monday, the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) announced that they had taken control of the botnet, temporarily disabling it. The NCA has estimated that around 15,000 computers may currently be infected in the UK. Worldwide, it runs into the millions.
Those in the UK will be receiving correspondence from their internet service provider (ISP) soon, warning them that they are at risk. If you get one of these notices, you must act immediately.
The easiest way for the malware to enter your network remains as an email attachment; so as ever, please remain vigilant when opening attachments. Please also ensure that your antivirus software and firewall, is up to date.
If you have any issues updating your anti-virus, then please contact a member of the Medhurst help desk team on 01489 563 000 or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org.