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ANOTHER MAJOR MALWARE ALERT TARGETING LOCAL BUSINESS

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FAKE INVOICE EMAIL CONTAINS DAMAGING PAYLOAD

There’s malware going around right now that could have disastrous effects on your business. Reports are coming in about people receiving a fake invoice email containing a ZIP attachment – and not surprisingly, what it contains could be extremely damaging to your entire system. Not only that, but it spreads quickly and uses your contacts to move even further. So what can you keep an eye out for to keep yourself protected?

The Scam 

  • The email has been going around with the subject ‘Electronic’ – it contains a ZIP attachment with an EXE file that has the icon of an Adobe PDF.
  • Running the EXE is as simple as double-clicking it – and then your system is infected.
  • The truly scary part is what comes next. Not only will clicking on the contents of the email infect your computer, but it gains access to your data and then the email starts to spread with you as the source.
  • The malware gathers everyone from your email program (which likely includes your family, friends and business associates) and sends them the same email. At that rate, the bug will be spreading extremely quickly.

Stay Protected

  • Currently most anti-virus engines are not detecting the bug, meaning you need to ensure that your staff is educated about proper online safety that everyone in your office is extremely careful when working online and opening emails.
  • Leaks have been reported through many of the major antispam services and only email services.
  • If you believe you’ve been hit or accidentally opened an infected email, get in touch with your IT support immediately and we’ll take it from there
  • Also – disconnect your computer from the internet to stop the spread of the bug.

As your managed IT services company, we take every step to protect your network and your business.  Sometimes threats like this can squeak through the best defences.  Be on the look out for any suspicious activity and report it immediately to us by calling (317) 585-0500 or email us at info@pchservices.com.

Alexssa

My wife called around and the first company to actually answer the phone was PC Help Services, Inc. She scheduled a time for the owner, Jason, to come out to our house; he came out within 48 hours. (In the past, we had taken our computer to a place like Best Buy to get it repaired, but we really don’t like doing that anymore. Even though it costs more for a repairman to come to one’s home, it is worth it for convenience and security.) Jason showed up on time and was very professional. At the advice of the person who scheduled the appt. over the phone, we purchased a new DVD burner from Fry’s ahead of time to save money. When Jason determined that the DVD burner / drive in our computer was indeed inoperable, he began to replace it with the one we had purchased. There was a problem between the computer and the connectors for the new DVD drive. Jason knew of a store from which he could buy a new connector. Within 10 minutes he was back and had spent $5.00 for the connector. He quickly installed the new DVD drive and concluded within 45 minutes, start to finish. Hire PC Help Services, Inc., by all means!”

Philip Kern / April 2009

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