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A nasty virus
A malicious spam campaign has been set up by criminals seeking to capitalize on fears surrounding the Zika virus in Brazil.
Researchers at the security firm Symantec discovered an email purporting to be from Saúde Curiosa (Curious Health), a health and wellness website in Brazil. Within the email are links and attachments claiming to be instructions on how to eliminate the virus and the mosquitoes that spread it.
One of the links, which causes computers to be infected with a form of malware called JS. Downloader has been clicked more than 1,500 times.
The outbreak of the Zika virus has been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) by the World Health Organization (WHO) following a significant spike in birth defects in South America, the email discovered by Symantec attracts the recipient’s attention with the subject line “Zika virus! Isso mesmo, matando com agua!, which translates to: “Zika Virus! That’s right, killing it with water.”
“Newsworthy events on a regional or global level often provide fertile ground for cyber-criminals seeking to capitalize on the interest in these events,” Satnam Narang, a senior security response manager at Symantec, said in a blog post describing the spam campaign.
“In this case, the Zika virus’ impact in countries like Brazil is being leveraged, while the potential impact in other countries makes it a prime candidate for more malicious spam.”
In order to mitigate against such threats, Narang warns web users to be aware of unsolicited messages about the Zika virus and avoid clicking on links or opening attachments.
If your computer has a virus attack you may be aware of it straight away when your computer starts doing strange things, but the other type of attack remains hidden doing its dirty work without you being aware of, it, you must invest as soon as you purchase the computer in a protection system this will save you from endless problems in the future.
These bad programes are deliberately designed to be difficult to get rid of, but there are cleaning programs that will do this very well, so as well as system protection you need the best cleaning program that you can get, if you think you have a computer that is not working well we advise you to get professional help to get control of the situation, these attacks are designed to spread from one machine to another that you have contact with.
The last thing that you want is your friends and business colleagues complaining that your machine is infecting everybody that you contact, if you think your machine is faulty do not ignore it, buy some software or get the computer man in, you may not believe it but you can actually do without your machine for a little while, these attacks are nasty things and not to be trifled with.
For your online security never put your financial passwords into your machine, if you cannot remember your financial passwords you can write them down in a secure place that you can easily refer to, passwords that are not important can be saved in the machine on one of a commercial programs that are readily available.
If you do your banking online ask your bank which is the best of the Security Systems they will very often supply you with a good program of their choosing free of charge, this is a good idea because they have obviously designed the systems to work well together.
You can download free of charge virus protection programs that work very well from CNET.com, these are easy to download and simple to install, if you find it difficult yourself then ask a friend who can do it for you in about five minutes.
You should never run your computer without some form of protection from viruses and malware.
Fortunately with modern communication systems these dangerous situations can be monitored easily and warnings issued by local government, civil defense, police, local radio and television.
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