Viruses, malware and phishing alerts


There is a phishing email being circulated that claims to be sent from the MyBU IT Helpdesk. This email is a FAKE and DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK in the email. The email has this subject title: Subject: Your Incident ID is: 130329-018715. The email claims that someone from Stockholm, Sweden has attempted to login to your account using an unrecognized device and asks you to follow a link.

PC CryptoLocker Malware Alert

There is a new malware email that says it’s from Intuit (creators of Quickbooks software) that includes an attached zip file. Once the zip file is clicked on, it installs an executable file that will then encrypt the user’s data on their hard drive, networked drives and external drives attached to the computer. The user will then get a CryptoLocker prompt (see image below) that say they have to pay $300 USD to get a key to unlock the data. If the money is not paid by a specific time, the data is then destroyed and will not be recoverable. If you receive this email, DO NOT OPEN THE ATTACHED ZIP FILE.

CryptoLocker Prompt

If you have any other questions, please contact the HelpDesk at (309) 677-2964 or visit us in the Cullom-Davis Library.

WARNING: New "Beta Bot" Malware

A new malware threat has emerged that is being called "Beta Bot". This malware is disguising itself as a "User Account Control" Windows update pop-up box. DO NOT CLICK YES TO INSTALL!

Beta Bot Malware

Once the user clicks "yes" to install it, the malware will disable your antivirus and stop web access to the vendor so the definitions can not be updated. It will then steal your user name and passwords for financial institutions, social networks, e-commerce sites and more.

"Pintsized" MAC Trojan

A new malware trojan has been discovered by the name of Pintsized. The new trojan is able to bypass the built-in firewall in OS X Lion (10.7) and Mountain Lion (10.8) through a security flaw. The trojan isn't wide spread yet, so the best way to protect your computer is to only go to trusted websites. Do not download or install any files or installers from sources that are not trusted. This security flaw will be patched by Apple and be included in an update from them.

Java 6 Updated from Apple

Apple has just released an update for Java 6. The patch will fix a security flaw that could be used by hackers and disable the Java 6 web plugin for browser. We strongly suggest that you install the latest Java 6 update to prevent your computer from being hacked. To get the new Java 6 update, go to the Apple in the menu bar and select Software Update. Once the Software Update window is finished loading, click the Update button next to the Java 6 update option.

Viruses, malware and phishing attempts

If you are in doubt about any email message or believe that you may have a virus or malware on your computer, contact the Technology HelpDesk at (309) 677-2964 for assistance.