A new ransomware virus is out that poses as an Adobe Flash Installer or Update in a pop-up. This is most disturbing as most folks may think this is a legitimate update and click on the pop-up. Once infected the ransomware will lock up your system and demand a ransom be sent to an internet account in Bitcoins.
As of today though, the attacker’s server that launched “Bad Rabbit” is no longer active which means the attack should no longer be populating. So what can you do to protect yourself or your business?
First, make sure you are up to date on all patches and updates on your operating system such as Windows.
Second, make sure you’re up to date on your virus protection.
Third, never open any attachments or web-lines in emails, including ones that were sent by your friends and families, don’t click on pop-ups (especially ones that say you are infected) or download free programs without thoroughly checking them out. You can go to the companies website like Adobe to check if they have updates, and never, never give out information like bank account information or passwords no matter how legitimate the email may seem. Banks, Credit Card companies, and companies you do business with will always ask you to call them, or you can log into your account independently, but they will never ask for sensitive information thru an email; that is a phishing scheme.
For more information use your search engine to read more about phishing schemes, ransomware, and other viruses to become more familiar with how they get into your system.