CTP Locker

CTP-LOCKER: The Hits Keep Coming

Yet another Ransomware virus is out called CTP-Locker. Sold on the Deep Web as a turnkey business available for purchase for a paltry $3000 USD. CTP works like other Ransomware it encrypts all of your data on both internal and external hard drives including mapped network drives. Unlike the crypto family of virus/malware that “deletes” the key after its 72 hour timer expires, CTP instead doubles the ransom as to punish its victims for not paying immediately. As of this article, the recommended cost to decrypt data is .5 bitcoins or $320USD.

Currently CTP is only impacting the world of Windows but Android may be next on the target list as we have seen previous Ransomware make its way to handheld devices. It would seem that this is only the beginning of Android user community’s headaches.

Unfortunately CTP-Locker is very new and there aren’t a lot of reports on how it spreads and from what analysts can tell there isn’t just one way it does attack your PC so user beware. As we have said in previous posts always have a backup of your data and NEVER PAY THE RANSOM!

For more in-depth information about CTP is available HERE

 

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Chinese Hackers Targeting Top-Secret Federal Employee Records

Chinese Hackers Targeting Top-Secret Federal Employee Records
Original Gizmodo article by Jamie Condliffe HERE

Earlier this year, Chinese hackers broke into U.S. government computer networks in order to gain access to the personal information of thousands of employees with top-secret security clearances.

The New York Times reports that the hackers gained access to databases of the Office of Personnel Management in March. Federal authorities identified the intrusion and blocked their access—but it remains unclear how deeply the hackers penetrated and how much information they were privy to. Sources have told the Times that the attack was traced to China, but it’s unclear if the perpetrators were connected with the government or not. Either way, it’s the latest in a long line of hacks against the U.S. mastermind from China.

The records held in the database contain detailed information about federal employees who apply for security clearance—from foreign contacts and previous jobs, to personal information like drug use and relationship history. Not the kind of data you want in the wrong hands.
NY Times Original Story HERE

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Heartbleed still leaves 300,000 servers exposed.

Heartbleed Still Leaves 300,000 Servers Exposed.

A while back we posted that Heartbleed was in decline but a new study shows that 2 months later more than 300k of the original 600k servers were still unpatched leaving your login details and password available to be exploited.

Based on the CNET.com article found HERE by Charlie Osborne, now that the major top companies online have patched the issues smaller organizations may not follow suit.

While Heartbleed only affects servers it never hurts to have check your machine for virus/malware. If you computer has been running slow, you’re worried about losing data, or you just need email setup give us ring or stop on by the shop at 119th Street and we’ll get you taken care of.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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They all fall down, like toy soldiers

3 Birds, Possibly 1 Stone

So this has been a bad week for 3 major tech companies: Feedly (a backup service), Evernote (cloud based document service), and TweetDeck (a twitter dashboard application) were all brought down by a DoS (Denial of Service attack) which prevented users/clients from accessing their websites. So if you are a client of any of the above services and wondering what happened now you know. It is unknown if they are all related attacks or mere coincident that they all occurred around the same time but we will keep you posted as more information becomes available.

Ransomeware aims at Android

Simplocker, the Cryptolocker of Android Devices

So Encrypting Ransome ware continues its march, this time its going after Android with the Simplocker Virus. Like its Windows PC counterpart, Simplocker encrypts all of your images, documents and audio files that exist on your phones SD card. Luckily as of right now it only appears to be attacking Android users in the Ukraine but it may not be long before it touches down on American shores.

As school is letting out, you may see an increase in the number of unsolicited fake “Microsoft” support phone calls, Moneypack Viruses circulating, or Ransomware on the rise. We often see this because now is the time when your computer is most vulnerable to the uninhibited clicking of little Johnny or Suzie’s web browsing. You may feel overwhelmed but rest assured that should you find yourself in a bind Computer Medics is here to help.

For a more in depth discussion about Simplocker check here

Another Potential Heartbleed Plugged

Another Potential Heartbleed Plugged

Hot on the heels of Heartbleed another OpenSSL has been discovered and corrected. Discovered in May, this latest exploit could allow attacks between servers and client using OpenSSL but rest assured it is a difficult exploit to execute. Relying on a “man-in-the-middle” attack, a compromised router, switch, and etc. , to strip encryption from transmitted data.

So with all that scary stuff out of the way here’s the skinny: The average Joe has nothing to worry about as this exploit doesn’t effect desktop browsers like Firefox, IE, Safari, or Chrome. This is mostly a server related risk (so keep an eye out Admins!) but as stated above it has already been patched with the latest update.

Safe Browsing everyone and have a great weekend.

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Cryptolocker Hackers Caught

Bye, Bye Cryptolocker

If you were one of the poor souls to get the Cryptolocker virus in last few years you may have asked yourself “when will they catch these guys?” Well today is your lucky day, your prayers have been answered, and hopefully we will see the end of the Cryptolocker virus. As reported by USA Today, Federal agents have shutdown the Zeus Botnet, they have identified the hacker/hacker group, and they will be charged with a multitude of charges ranging from hacking to wire fraud. The only downside is that Bogachev, the leader of the hacking group, is currently on the LAM.

With their botnet down could this be the end of the Cryptolocker virus? I’d like to say yes but only time will tell.

For more information regarding this story click Here.

Spotify Breach

Spotify Breach Will Require Android App Upgrades

Spotify is requiring people listening to its popular music service on Android devices to install new software as a safeguard against a recent security breach.

Spotify says the break-in has only resulted in unauthorized access to one user’s account. The company says passwords and financial information were not stolen.

Spotify users streaming on iPhones, iPads and Windows devices won’t have to do anything at this time.

Some users will be required to re-enter their passwords to log in.

Spotify has more than 40 million users. A substantial number of them rely on Android, the world’s most popular mobile operating system.

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Ebay Compromised: Account information up for grabs

Soon up for Auction: Your EBay Account information.

It’s happened once again, another E-Giant has been compromised. EBay, the worlds largest online auction sites announced on 5/21/2014 that there systems were compromised between late February and early March of this year.  According to EBay the cyber criminals were able to compromise EBay through stolen employees but EBay asserts that the passwords that were stolen had been encrypted. The data that was accessed included full names, postal addresses, phone numbers and birthday information.

However, EBay quickly pointed out that there is no evidence that Paypal, their sister-site, was not compromised at this time.

What to do?
Users have been encouraged to change their passwords immediately to prevent further issues.
Keep an eye on your credit score and your financial accounts for unusual activity and contact your financial / credit office should these activities occur.

For more check out the original Forbes write up HERE.