A computerized attack on Friday October 21, left many major websites inaccessible to its users. The hackers seized control of cameras, DVRs, and other devices connected to the internet to create a Denial-of-Service attack. A Denial-of-Service attack is a cyber-attack designed to make a network resource unavailable to its users. The attack on Friday left Dynamic Network Services overwhelmed, ultimately interrupting the connection between them and popular websites such as Twitter, Spotify, Amazon, and Netflix, leaving them inoperative. The attack used a type of malware known as Mirai, which according to Brian Krebs “spreads to vulnerable devices by continuously scanning the Internet for IoT ‘Internet of Things’ systems protected by factory default or hard-coded usernames and passwords.”
One of the main concerns with this attack is that it opens up new markets for attackers. The source code for Mirai became public, making the malware widely available, which will potentially increase the number of Mirai-like attacks.
As new infecting methods for malware seem to be surfacing more frequently, so do the number of attacks on computers. To protect yourself from these attacks, Alexaur Technology emphasizes the importance of keeping anti-malware and anti-virus software up-to-date, utilizing strong passwords, and minimizing the use of unsecure/public networks. Regularly updating anti-malware and anti-virus will allow the software to detect and destroy computer viruses and malware that hackers use to infect computers. When not kept up-to-date, this lacks the critical information necessary to fight the most recent threats. Along with that, minimizing the use of public networks will greatly decrease the chances of becoming infected. Public networks are unsecure and connecting to one could allow a hacker the opportunity to gain access to your computer or device and the information on it, potentially infecting it with malware or viruses.
Do not be a victim of a malware attack or infection, call us today at 281-646-1200 to learn how Alexaur Technology can help secure your computer.
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Over the recent years, email hacking has become more and more prevalent, due in part to the vast array of information contained within an individual’s email account. From schedules and contacts synced with the account to the actual information sent over the email, a hacker gains a firsthand look inside the individual’s personal and professional life. These email hackings have claimed jobs and put personal information at risk, while targeting corporations, organizations, and individuals. Once an individual’s account has been hacked and the hacker gets hold of information contained in the emails, they can then use this information in a number of ways. Most commonly, the hacker will use the account to spam others, leak information to the public, or use the information to target individuals and/or businesses for their own personal gain.
With the recent Yahoo! hacks at the forefront of the public’s mind, individuals are being reminded of the risks of sending “private” information through emails and the importance of keeping the email account secure. To help protect email accounts, individuals should utilize a strong password, use anti-virus software that provides email protection, avoid opening suspicious emails, and use email encryption. Email encryption protects potentially sensitive information by rendering the content of the email unreadable as it is sent to its destination. So, even in the event the email is intercepted by someone, they will not be able to interpret its contents. For individuals, these methods will help maintain the integrity of their email account, but businesses should take an extra security step and use Business Class Email. Business Class Email with a business domain is designed for businesses and adds an extra layer of security. Business class email servers are less likely to get hacked and also look more professional.
Do not let an email hacking claim your job or put your personal information at risk. Call us today at 281-646-1200 to learn how Alexaur Technology can help you secure your email.
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Today, online shopping attracts many consumers due to the convenience of avoiding crowds, amplified variety, and ease of shipment right to the consumer’s front door.
According to Statista.com, the number of online shoppers in the U.S. is forecasted to increase from 205 million in 2015 to 211.1 million by the end of 2016. The increase in online shoppers attracts cybercriminals who continue to find new ways to target consumers. As the holiday season approaches, it is important to remember to maintain awareness and practice safe shopping while online.
When inputting payment information on legitimate websites, consumers will be redirected to a page where the beginning of the URL is “https://”. The “S” stands for secure and means the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is combined with a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption. The SSL deprives the “middle man” or cybercriminal from intersecting information exchanged on the page and informs the buyer that the website they are using is authentic. The consumer can feel safe knowing the information exchanged on this page is private, protected, and secure. Another way cybercriminals target buyers is by the creation of a fake website, posing as a real, one in hopes the buyer will input their payment information. Consumers should NEVER buy anything or put in payment information from a website that does not have the SSL encryption. Another key factor to keep consumers secure while shopping online is making sure anti-malware and anti-virus software is kept up-to-date on their computer. As stated in our previous article “Habits That Endanger Cyber Security,” anti-virus and anti-malware software is designed to detect and destroy computer viruses and malware that hackers use to infect computers. When not kept up to date, this software lacks the critical information necessary to fight the most recent threats.
Overall, if consumers are aware and stay away from suspicious websites and keep their anti-malware and anti-virus software up-to-date the risk of cyber-attacks will be greatly diminished.
Not sure if your anti-malware and anti-virus software is up-to-date? Alexaur Technology can service your computer on-site (at your location) or in our shop. We offer free pickup and delivery from your home or office anywhere in the Katy / West Houston Area. Call us today at 281-646-1200 to schedule your appointment.
A new Ransomware has recently been discovered known as MarsJoke. MarsJoke has been seen targeting government agencies, educational institutions and other organizations. This ransomware, a form of malware, is being distributed through spam emails that are linked to a malicious file. According to Dell SonicWALL Security Center, “the Malware encrypts the victim’s files with a strong encryption algorithm until the victim pays a fee to get them back.” An example of what an individual’s computer screen would look like if it should become infected with MarsJoke is seen below.
As of last week, researchers at Kaspersky’s Lab have cracked MarsJoke’s encryption. Agencies, institutions, organizations, and individuals still need to take caution by not opening suspicious emails and making sure anti-malware software is up to date.
If your computer should become infected with MarsJoke or any other ransomware, malware, or virus, call Alexaur Technology at 281-646-1200 and our experienced technicians will handle your issue quickly and professionally!