Of Hacks & Keyloggers – Part 1

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Of Hacks & Keyloggers…!!! “I don’t know what happened!; I don’t remember visiting any dodgy websites, downloading any weird apps, opening any suspicious emails or attachments, let alone links!, why I am receiving these sms & email notifications from my Bank!?!?” Sounds familiar right? Come to think of it, in most cases the unsuspecting victim is being honest. That being said, I just remembered something; a previous write up revolving around one of the methods used to carry out this type of attack. It can happen to anyone, in fact I was once a victim!

 

 

What is a keylogger? 

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Mitigating Ransomware attacks using McAfee VSE Access Protection Policies

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The image on the left is an awesome reminder of my first blog post. Ransomware really caught my attention to a point were, it ended up featuring as my first article. That being said, my reply to Gail’s comment really sealed the deal, to an extend were i just felt I had to revisit and unearth this post! My response read, “This is proof we are living in the “Cyber Crime Era!”. It’s sad but what makes it even more scary is, it’s happening and happening around the clock. I bet you this is just the tip of an iceberg….” Oh yes, spot on! I am no Fortune Teller, but all I can tell ya (replacement for you), is we are living in that era! Hmmm, some deadly rhymes ending with ‘aaaah!’ right?; but definitely not deadlier than the gist of the flow, Ransomware!!!! Hold on, besides my rhymes, I will not let you (Ransomware) intimidate me, because I have something to use to mitigate against you, 

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Drive-by downloads

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Drive-by DownloadsIt’s 4:37 a.m, I am woken up by a continuous humming noise coming from my phone. I try to ignore the unending vibrations but after gathering the courage to get out of bed, I grabbed my phone and immediately realised the vibrations where not due to the reminders set on my phone, neither were they being triggered by an active phone call, I discovered the vibrations were due to the SMSes I kept receiving continuously.  The SMSes were being generated in real-time from my Online Banking Portal and the notifications kept

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CryptoLocker Ransomware

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Since the discovery of the unforgiving CryptoLocker ransomware in the wild late last year, sometime in September 2012, the Internet has been gripped by one kind of a mysterious and malicious program! But what is ransomware? What is CryptoLocker really capable of? Before I explain any further, we need to understand that this deadly malware is spreading in the form of spam emails. The spam emails appear to be coming from financial institutions and contain attachments which in actual fact is the CryptoLocker ransomware.

Ransomware comprises, I quote from Wikipedia a class of malware which restricts access to the computer system that it infects, and demands a ransom paid to the creator of the malware in order for the restriction to be removed.” Assuming the spam email recipient opens the attachment, the CryptoLocker immediately

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