News 12 at 6 o'clock / Tuesday, July 16, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- No matter how computer savvy you think you are, experts say a new social media scam is fooling even the best computer users.
"Giving away your email information, your personal information, your account information without even realizing that is what you are doing," said Gigi Turner with the Augusta Better Business Bureau.
So, the next time you "like" something on Facebook or "favorite" it on Twitter, you could be inviting a scammer into your life. It's called clickjacking and here is how it works.
"You click on the link and it opens up into a window you can see. Well, over that window is a transparent layer that you can't see," Turner said.
A second website that records everything you do, says Turner.
"I could be entering myself into something without even realizing it. I could be purchasing something without even realizing it or giving away your personal information," Turner said.
So how can you protect yourself from being a target of this social media scam?
"If you go into your browser, there is a way. It is called X-frame. It is a way to set your computer to at least help prevent it from accepting those types of programs coming in," Turner said.
To lower your risk of being victimized by clickjacking, experts say you should avoid staying logged on to websites when you are not using them, do not assume you're on an official website because it looks that way and remember, if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is.
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Kaspersky Lab warns users about the emergence online of a new version of the Gpcode ransomware program.
The program spreads via malicious websites and P2P networks.
Kaspersky Lab products detect the program as Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Gpcode.ax.
You can read more on our blog.
Kaspersky Lab is monitoring a new email worm which is currently spreading. Emails spreading the worm say “Here you have” in the subject line.
We detect the worm as Email-Worm.Win32.VBMania.
While the servers hosting related downloads have been taken down, we are keeping customers updated and protected against any new variants.
Net-Worm.Win32.Kido exploits a critical vulnerability (MS08-067) in Microsoft Windows to spread via local networks and removable storage media.
The worm disables system restore, blocks access to security websites, and downloads additional malware to infected machines.
Users are strongly recommended to ensure their antivirus databases are up to date. A patch for the vulnerability is available from Microsoft.
The new Gpcode variant encrypts files with extensions DOC, TXT, PDF, XLS, JPG, PNG, CPP, H etc. on hard drives using an RSA algorithm with a 1024-bit key.
After encrypting files, the virus leaves a text file in the folder next to the encrypted files with following message:
Currently, we detect the new variant, but we are unable to crack the 1024-bit key. Our analysts are continuing to work on both the key and the virus to resolve this issue.
Kaspersky Lab recommends that all Internet users enable maximum protection from malicious code and network attacks on their computers, refrain from executing suspicious programs received from untrustworthy sources and back up any important information on their computers.
Detection of Virus.Win32.Gpcode.ak was added to Kaspersky Anti-Virus signature databases yesterday, on June 4th, at 15:39 GMT. Please make sure to update if you haven’t already.
If you have fallen victim to Gpcode.ak, try to contact us using another computer connected to the Internet. DO NOT RESTART or POWER DOWN the potentially infected machine. Contact us by email email@example.com and tell us the exact date and time of infection, as well everything you did on the computer in the 5 minutes before the machine was infected: which programs you have executed, which websites you have visited, etc. We'll try and help you recover any data that has been encrypted.
For more information about the malicious program, please read our weblog.
A few hours before this point, there was a noticeable increase in mail traffic of an earlier modification of Warezov - Warezov.do which featured in the October 2006 Top 20.
If you are using Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6.0 or Kaspersky Internet Security 6.0 with Proactive Protection turned on, new variants will be detected without the need to update your antivirus databases.
A full description of Email-Worm.Win32.Warezov.nf is now available in the Virus Encyclopaedia.