Watch out for Phishing Scams!

As we all know it is season for tax returns! How much do you look forward to getting that big chunk of money back? What are you already planning to buy with it?

What would you do if you didn’t get the money you were expecting?

The IRS has already sent out a message to businesses warning them of a w-2 phishing scam. This phishing scam leads to identity theft. Think about how much of your life is on the one document; your full name, your address, your social security number, where you work and how much money you make. What else does a scam artist need to ruin your day? Nothing.

“Employee engagement and education is key to companies protecting themselves against the W-2 scam.”

All it takes is one e-mail from somebody claiming to be the CEO of your company or the Head of Human Resources needing to verify some information. The second you send that information…it’s gone. Just think about it. Is it normal for someone to contact you concerning personal information? Are you expecting to hear from the CEO today? Just be careful.

So again, we urge you to be cautious, not only with your information but with others too.

Feel free to read this story about this Phishing Scam: http://www.csoonline.com/article/3172708/security-awareness/tis-the-season-to-watch-out-for-w-2-phishing-scams.html

 

“Cancer Ransomware Forgets how to Ransomware”


 

 

 

 

Okay guys, this one is tricky!

“This Trojan behaves like a ransomware, but during our analysis it failed to show a warning or instructions on how to regain files and send the payment – the most common sign of a ransomware infection.” So in other words, this ransomware is turning out to be more annoying than anything. This time though, during infection an image of a face appears multiple times floating across your desktop, and then once your computer is infected the Trojan changes your desktop’s background image.

This “ransomware” makes your computer so unstable that it will just bluescreen and shutdown. At this point you will not be able to reboot because the operating system boot related files are now encrypted. This is where it doesn’t seem like the usually ransomware because there is no warning message for payment or anything. It just completely shuts down.

Make sure you have a backup system in place and that you back up your files frequently so that if one day you find yourself in a situation such as this you still have all of your files to retrieve. Call us today to find out more about how to backup your files.