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02 June 2014 11:27
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just saw on Sky news today a dept of justice briefing that they are warning everyone of a major attck within a fortnight from a powerful computer virus? over the weekend the dept disrupted two major players in cyber crime "game over zues and cryptolocker"
So i guess they are expecting major repercussions because of it, 

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02 June 2014 11:47
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It seems they are saying that you have two weeks before the criminals get control of the botnetwork back, so if your machine is infected you can clean it out during that time.
[edit: Just heard Radio 4 explain it just like this]

The Guardian website says:
"Digital police from across the globe have claimed success in disrupting a criminal operation running one of the most aggressive computer viruses ever seen, known as Cryptolocker.

The UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) has warned British internet users that they have a two-week window to protect themselves from the malware, after working with the FBI, Europol and other law enforcement bodies to weaken the global network of infected computers.

"By making use of this two-week window, huge numbers of people in the UK can stop that from happening to them. Whether you find online security complicated or confusing, or simply haven’t thought about keeping your personal or office computers safe for a while, now is the time to take action."

and the BBC website says much the same
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02 June 2014 15:13
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CERT has a list of free scanners here:

http://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA14-150A



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03 June 2014 15:34
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A Question for the software experts:

I have only been using Microsoft Security Essentials since I built this computer nearly 2 1/2 years ago and so far I've never had any virus infections.

I've just downloaded their latest update and currently running a full scan (which has been running now for over an hour and could take two more at this rate) although an earlier quick scan revealed no problems.

The question is...is this sufficient protection or do I need to download and install one of the proprietary virus protection programs for added security or will MSE suffice?
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03 June 2014 16:39
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Wouldn't it be great to just turn the bloody things off? That'd profilepictures is a naughty person off the criminal criminals and governmental criminals at the same time.


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03 June 2014 17:29
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Quote from tonycsm
A Question for the software experts: I have only been using Microsoft Security Essentials since I built this computer nearly 2 1/2 years ago and so far I've never had any virus infections. I've just downloaded their latest update and currently running a full scan (which has been running now for over an hour and could take two more at this rate) although an earlier quick scan revealed no problems. The question is...is this sufficient protection or do I need to download and install one of the proprietary virus protection programs for added security or will MSE suffice?



I'm no expert, but it seems that the most prudent thing to do is back up your data.

From what I've read, by the time this thing has installed itself, your virus scanner won't work because your files will already be encrypted. The BBC says that it usually arrives via the opening of attachments or the clicking on links in emails that look official.

I'm sure someone who knows will be along shortly. In the meantime, annoying though it is, I'll buy yet another drive and make sure its unplugged from the computer unless I'm actually backing up.


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03 June 2014 18:00
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Quote from w4pictures
I'm no expert, but it seems that the most prudent thing to do is back up your data.

From what I've read, by the time this thing has installed itself, your virus scanner won't work because your files will already be encrypted. The BBC says that it usually arrives via the opening of attachments or the clicking on links in emails that look official.

I'm sure someone who knows will be along shortly. In the meantime, annoying though it is, I'll buy yet another drive and make sure its unplugged from the computer unless I'm actually backing up.



I have several backup drives and frequently back up my files so I'm not too bothered about that side of things - in fact it will be done again tonight.

I'm mostly concerned that Microsoft Security Essentials is up to providing sufficient protection for this alleged new threat?

The full in-depth MSE scan I ran tonight actually highlighted some suspect Java files so I allowed it to delete them just to be sure.
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03 June 2014 19:22
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It's not a new threat, it's been around for a while.
Apparently MSE should be reasonably ok for protecting as long as you are careful....according to this found by googling:
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/protect/forum/mse-protect_scanning/is-ms-security-essentials-protecting-against/057ba134-d010-4b7a-b820-7b2b1a5b0689

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04 June 2014 02:31
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Quote from stolenfaces
It's not a new threat, it's been around for a while. Apparently MSE should be reasonably ok for protecting as long as you are careful....according to this found by googling: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/protect/forum/mse-protect_scanning/is-ms-security-essentials-protecting-against/057ba134-d010-4b7a-b820-7b2b1a5b0689



Cheers SF...

Slightly reassuring but I don't think any single anti-xxx  program will protect you from everything nasty out there so you're right, care is what it's about when opening any link.





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