Over the past few days we have seen an increased spread of a dangerous Ransomware virus…commonly known as Cryptolocker and Anti-viruses have been UNSUCCESSFUL in detecting it which is why we request your attention.
So what is a Crypto Locker virus ?
Crypto Locker is a virus which essentially encrypts (or in other words locks) all commonly known file formats such as doc, xls, jpg, pdf, mp3 etc. on your computer and whatever your computer is connected to with Military grade encryption mechanism making them unusable.
This means that if one of the employees in your business downloads this infection, the virus can potentially damage all files/folders that their PC is connected to including Network shares and files stored on the server making it inaccessible for everyone else… essentially bringing the business to a complete halt.
The virus makers then ask you to purchase the decryption key to unlock the files and the price you pay depends entirely on how many files they have managed to encrypt. From what we have read and seen ourselves, it could be anywhere from $600 – $9000.
This is a view of how your files will look like once infection has penetrated.
Click here to see Example of Files infected by Cryptolocker
On the 9th of April 2014, security researchers announced a security flaw in the popular data encryption standard, OpenSSL that gives hackers the ability to extract all data from services that companies use every day. OpenSSL is basically giving you protection when you’re sending an email or chatting on IM by making the data that is sent look like nonsense to everyone except the intended.
The Heartbleed bug effectively decrypts all information sent from server to client, and client to server making it visible for hackers to see what you are sending. A lot of popular chatting IM sites that businesses use such as Google (Gmail), Pinterest, Tumblr, Yahoo and more could have been used to exploit this bug as they use OpenSSL.
How to protect yourself and your business from the Heartbleed bug.
What Mulink Technologies recommends:
– Changing your password on Web-accessed software (Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc)
– Do not user the same password on every website and routinely change it (30 days)
– Implement a password saving software such as Password Safe.
If you or your company is re-using the same password across multiple websites, you could still be vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug.
Any good IT Service provider will ensure that your company is safe against the Heartbleed bug, if that is not the case you may want to re-think your IT and Infrastructure needs and call Mulink Technologies on 1300 978 938.
This is to bring to your attention that eBay has requested all its users to urgently change their passwords after a security breach was identified on Wednesday.
Everyone should take this warning seriously and change their password as soon as possible. Further, if your PayPal account is linked to eBay, we would highly recommend changing its password too.
This has once again reminded us the importance of keeping all your online accounts to have unique passwords. Consider the implication if your password goes into the hands of a hacker and then he has access to your email and bank accounts.
More details here – http://www.cnet.com/au/news/ebay-hacked-requests-all-users-change-passwords/
8900 ADSL customers in West Melbourne had no internet for the whole of yesterday (14/05/2014).
This was a result of a Telstra Fibre that was chopped off accidentally by a road-works contractor in Footscray.
Consider the expense for businesses who are using cloud services and this can be massive when you work out the amount of time lost in productivity and wages.
The solution however is simple and cheap.
Many of our customers use a corporate level Firewall/ UTM device which is capable to run a second 3g internet connection that can act as a backup in these scenarios.
We can plug a 3G/4G Telstra USB dongle straight into your Firewall and this would automatically come live whenever your primary internet connection fails thereby re-enabling your business.
Total YEARLY investment would be – $99 approx. for a 4g USB modem ( from Officeworks) + $180 (for 12 GB plan for 365 days from Telstra) = $279 inc GST.
If your IT Services provider is not giving you this advice, it is perhaps time to look into better options. Have a chat with us today to have the ultimate peace of mind.
is sending you a WARNING message.
Your attention is requested.
Your PC maybe infected with DNS CHANGER Malware
It has been recently identified by the international group of Law enforcement authorities that back in 2011, unknown to many computer users around the world their PCs might have been injected with a Malware known as DNS CHANGER.
Computers that were infected by this virus/Malware were up until now, accessing INTERNET on their systems using temporary servers created by these CYBER CRIMINALS. However, after recent arrests made my international law enforcement authorities, it has been decided that these temporary servers will be shut down at 2PM(AEST) on July 9, 2012.
What it means to you is that, if your PC is still INFECTED, you will no longer be able to use the Internet after this day and time. MULINK Technologies has joined other media organisations in spreading this message because we would not like to see any inconvenience caused to our customers and their stake holders.
Hence, we request you to click on this link below to detect if your PC is infected –
If you see a message saying – “You do not appear to be affected by DNS Changer”, it means no action is required from your end.
If your PC shows as being infected, we request you to contact us by email as soon as possible so that we can include you in our next mailing list with a way to fix the virus.
Kindly forward this message to all people in your organisation, colleagues, people you do business with, friends and family and help us in spreading this important message.
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We can be contacted on 1300 978 938 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org