National Crime Agency issue cyber security warning

Published 3 June 2014

The National Crime Agency (NCA) is encouraging the public to take urgent action to protect themselves against a malicious software attack that could allow criminals to access their personal information.

Today (3 June) the NCA warned the public it has a two-week opportunity to update their computer security software and back up personal files. The NCA issued the alert as it announced that it has already taken action to combat the threat of the GOZeuS and CryptoLocker viruses which are responsible for stealing hundreds of millions of pounds globally, and allow hackers to access users’ sensitive information.

GOZeuS (also known as P2PZeuS) is a virus which is hidden in e-mail attachments. When the attachment is opened it allows hackers to access the computer and scan it for the user’s banking or other valuable information.

CryptoLocker encrypts the user’s files. Once the encryption is complete, it locks the computer, and displays a window with a timer, informing the victim what has happened and demanding a ransom to grant access again.

Keep your computer secure

You can protect yourself by making sure you have installed security software on your computer and regularly update it, running scans and checking that your computer’s operating systems and applications are up to date.

You can find more advice, guidance and tools on how to protect yourself and your computer on the getsafeonline and cyberstreetwise websites.

If you think you’ve lost money through malicious computer software such as GOZeuS and CryptoLocker, you can report it to Action Fruad.

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