Pony Malware: A password stealer that can unlock passwords from over 110 different applications.
This latest scam has people infecting their own computers from opening up an attachment in an email that looks like a Microsoft Publisher file. All you have to do is click on the attachment, select download to view it and just like that it crashes your computer almost instantly. This time though, not only are these hackers killing your computer but they are also downloading a pony malware that gives them full remote access to all of your infected files on your computer. With this pony malware, these scammers can access any of your personal information that you have saved on your computer, therefore leading to identity theft. From there, they can create a fake Facebook account under your name to reel in your friends, get a hold of their information and spread the infection.
These scammers mean business. They can cause all kinds of havoc beyond costly repairs to your computer. So what can you do to protect yourself?
Although I’ve said it time and time again, I’m going to say it again….DON’T OPEN ANYTHING THAT YOU AREN’T EXPECTING! If you don’t know who is sending you the email then don’t open it! If you recognize the email and open it anyways then don’t open any attachments at least until you find out what it is first!! Plus, let’s think about this for a second….how many times in your lifetime have you actually had someone send you a Publisher file (.pub)?? Ask yourself why you are all the sudden getting a Publisher file about something you have so idea about??
Next, make sure you have a strong password, change it/them often, and don’t reuse the same password. Need two-step verification? We can help with that!
Lastly, make sure you have a good anti-virus software that can detect the bad stuff. If you don’t have that, then we can help with that too!
Stay safe out there!