A new set of malware is locking down computers instantly and demanding hundreds of bitcoin to get access to your files and network back. Recent attacks don’t appear to be derived from a particular nation but rather a group of hackers called ShadowGate.

According to Malwarebytes, an antivirus developer, the attack targets exploits found in outdated versions of the Flash video player. The virus is then injected into a computer when the user visits an infected site by running codes inside a fake javascript file. One site in particular has been compromised: onlinevideoconverter.com.  Researchers are still looking for other compromised sites.

The best way to protect yourself from these new ShadowGate threats is to maintain updated software. All of your software.  Software updates usually contain critical security patches and exploit fixes.  Stick to surfing sites you are familiar with, and watch for unusual links or messages, even if those messages are from friends.  Lastly, back up your files to a cloud storage system!  In the event of infection, your files are completely disconnected from your computer under attack.

Contact us to talk about more ways to keep your company safe from crippling malware.

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