“Beware of the Facebook Notification Virus”

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“Beware of the Facebook Notification Virus”

Dear Blast Readers,

 

You are on your Facebook account, answering messages, liking posts, watching videos, and commenting on your friend’s photos. Suddenly, you receive a message from your friend Sam. The message contains a link to a funny cat video in which a cat in a hat is dancing with a maraca in its mouth. The message below the video says “Hilarious video. You NEED to check it out!”. Without giving it a second thought you click on the link to view the video. But, instead of viewing the video you get redirected to a site that you don’t recognize or trust. Naturally, you exit out of the browser thinking that maybe Sam has attached the wrong URL. But, it is too late. Your device has already been infected.

 

Security experts have identified a form of adware that targets social media users tricking them into infecting their own devices. It is known as the “Facebook Notification Virus”. This virus displays messages saying that they are from Facebook. The “Facebook Notification Virus” creates many different forms of messages, including:

  • Friend Requests
  • Chat Messages

 

Some of the notifications that the user received are real copies of notifications that users would see on the real social media site (making the fake notifications seem legit). While other notifications are presenting new features. The purpose of this adware is to redirect users to specific websites, most likely malicious websites, so that the user’s device becomes infected with malicious software. This virus does not just lead users to malicious websites, it also:

  • Monitors User Activity
  • Collects User Information
  • Records Browsing History
  • Tracks Cookies
  • Tracks Keystrokes
  • Tracks IP Addresses
  • Tracks Geographic Location
  • Tracks Zip Codes
  • Tracks Demographic Profiles
  • Tracks Emails
  • Tracks Telephone Numbers
  • Tracks Usernames
  • Tracks Passwords

 

After all this information is collected, the collector, hacker, will then attempt to sell your confidential information on Darknet Markets, then falling into the hands of much more malicious cyber criminals.

 

So, how does this virus spread?

 

The “Facebook Notification Virus” can be spread a few different ways, including:

  • Freeware
  • Shareware
  • Pirated copies of paid utilities.

 

Another way that it can spread is through spam emails. The sender of the spam emails wants you to open the so that his or her tool can get inside your system and infect it.

 

To protect your data and system from the “Facebook Notification Virus”, if you receive any suspicious messages from “Facebook”, you should:

  • Check your system, because you may have been infected.
  • Be careful of the software that you allow in your machine.
  • Verify the email addresses of the “companies” that have messaged you (visit the contact page on the official website of the “company” to verify the email address).

 

If you have any questions relating to the “Facebook Notification Virus”, cyber security, or computer forensics contact FDS Global. You can reach us at our office at (954)727-1957 or by email at RMoody@FDS.Global. Please feel free to visit our website at www.FDS.Global.


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“Don’t Let Your Data Scurry Away!”

Dear Blast Readers,

 

What comes to mind when you think about the threats to Cybersecurity in America?  The Russians? The Chinese? What can knock out a cities power grid in a blink of an eye? The Answer, it is something that is small and furry. It is the common Squirrel. You often see them frolicking across the top of fences and from tree to tree. Squirrels are the most prolific animal dominating the urban landscape. There are approximately 1.2 billion squirrels living all throughout America.

 

Each of these furry little creatures is a cyber time bomb waiting to happen. Since 2013, squirrels have been responsible for 879 “cyber” attacks across the United States. But how exactly do these malicious balls of fur cause such extreme problems for humans. Simply they chew through data lines or they become entangled in power lines.

 

When Squirrels chew through a data line for cable companies there are a myriad of issues that arise. Firstly, the way data lines work is that there is one central line installed near power lines that all homes and business connect to. If this central line is cut, perhaps from a squirrel, then the loss of connection can lead to data loss. Depending on the type of data loss, a computer’s operating system can become corrupted or important user files such as word documents, excel files, and power points can also become corrupted. The purpose of some forms of ransomware is the corrupting of files, rather than a virus implementing this digital travesty it is a squirrel.

 

When a squirrel becomes entangled in power lines the results are very shocking for all involved. When power lines become, damaged this can also lead to data loss or cyber security issues such as taking down firewalls. With a fire wall down computers can become open to exterior cyber-attacks. On a larger scale then homes and personal computers, power outages due to squirrels can affect power plants and businesses. If data loss is experienced on this scale the damage can exponentially increase.

 

Animals such as Squirrels, birds, rats and snakes have caused more than 1700 power outages affecting almost 5 million people in 2013. So, remember the next time you see a squirrel protect your data not your peanuts.

 

If you have squirrel related issues, contact your local animal control if you have any questions about Cyber Attacks or Cyber Security contact FDS Global. You can reach us at our office at (954) 727-1957 or by email: rmoody@fds.global. Please feel free to visit our website www.FDS.Global


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“They key to you Cyber Castle”

Dear Blast Readers,

 

How many of you have a Windows home and/or work computer? How many of you store important or confidential documents and information on those computers? Are you ever worried that a hacker may get their hands on that information?

 

Did you know that a security companion for Windows 10 and Windows Hello Users exists? This new security companion can provide a two-factor authentication for a device and/or PC, it is an encryption key.

 

A encryption key is a small USB like device that you can carry around with you allowing you to be able to add two-factor authentication to various services and applications on your PC.

 

If you have installed the  encryption key on your PC and then someone unauthorized tries to gain access to your information they would not only need to know your password, but they would also need to physically have your encryption key USB to gain access.

 

When using the encryption key USB there is more to using the device than just plugging it into your computer and typing in your password. You also need to insert the USB device, give it a second, and then press on the “touch-to-sign” metal area on the USB, as well as typing in your password.

 

One specific encryption key USB is created by Yubico. It is called the Yubikey. Yubico has recently released an app in the Microsoft store that allows you to link your Yubikey up with your PC as a Security companion. Some other services that work with Yubikey, as well as Windows 10 and Windows Hello, are:

  • Google
  • DashLane
  • KeePass
  • DropBox
  • Evernote
  • WordPress
  • Github
  • As wells as other things like disk encryption

 

Ranging from $40 (for the regular version) to $50 (for the USB & NFC Version), the three main types of Yubikey that are on sale now are:

  1. Yubikey 4 (USB)– http://amzn.to/2i9B0Iw
  2. Yubikey 4 Nano (USB)– http://amzn.to/2icnFu0
  3. Yubikey NEO (USB & NFC)– http://amzn.to/2jzlHcj

 

Even though a Yubikey does not have the bio-authentication ability that is so demanded by consumers, it does allow you to unlock and log into your PC/Device by just inserting a physical device into the system.

 

If you have any questions about the Security of you PC and/or devices, or if you have become a victim to Cyber Crime feel free to visit our website at www.FDS.Global or give our office a call at (954)727-1957.