he National Crime Agency is warning people they have two weeks to save their computers from a powerful malicious software attack. The malware called GOZeuS is hiding within attachments in emails and, once downloaded, enables hackers to access computers and scan them for valuable information.
If no data is found, a second malware, known as CryptoLocker, locks the computer, displays a window with a countdown, and demands a ransom to grant access again.
According to the NCA, people are asked to pay 1 Bitcoin (£200 - £300) to regain access to their files.
The NCA is advising people to make sure security software is installed and updated, by running scans and checking that computer operating systems and applications are up to date.
And more details on the virus
The malware typically infects a computer via attachments or links in emails
If a user clicks on one of them, the malware silently monitors activity and tries to capture any private information, such as banking details.
"(The links or attachments) may look like they have been sent by genuine contacts and may purport to carry invoices, voicemail messages, or any file made to look innocuous," the NCA warned.
"These emails are generated by other victims' computers, who do not realise they are infected, and are used to send mass emails creating more victims."
The agency said GOZeuS (also known as P2PZeuS) was responsible for hundreds of millions of pounds of fraud globally.
Sky's Technology Correspondent Tom Cheshire said: "We should all be concerned. It goes specifically after financial information, and if that is over a certain threshold it starts stealing it very silently without you necessarily noticing."
The second threat comes from the Cryptolocker malware, activated if the first attack is not profitable enough.
What i dont get is why this is different to any other virus/malware and why the media are going crazy about it? Its spread via dodgy attachments and can steal private information, like lots of viruses out there. Id say the OpenSSL was a worse issue as there was nothing the average user could do. Providing you arent stupid with clicking links, this shouldnt be a major problem
Edited by bobble_bob (Mon 02-Jun-14 22:35:07)