We put in a lot of effort when attempting to safeguard our clients against online security threats. This can come in the form of key loggers trying to capture your login information or DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) in order to flood a service with fake traffic and cause it to crash. Here’s why you won’t be soaring with this Cloud9.
As part of our service, we always encourage clients to install software updates as soon as they become available. Therefore we are able to support them through the process whenever they need help.
But they were to visit a website that asks them to install an Adobe Flash update… They need to STOP.
If you take anything from this blog post, it’s that Flash itself was discontinued in 2020 and is no longer supported or receiving updates. So if you see anything regarding a Flash update, you should assume it is a security threat.
Right now there is a fake Flash message in use as a cover for a new ‘botnet’ effort that installs a malicious browser extension, by the name Cloud9. You could be a target if you use Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome.
A botnet is a collection of infected devices that are managed as a single entity and used to steal sensitive information, send spam, or launch DDoS attacks without the owners’ knowledge.
Even worse, Cloud9 botnet attempts to install more malware to your device if you do not stop it in time.
These types of attacks can be hard to spot because they look like a real request. Plus, anyone can become a target.
But there are things you can do to protect your business.
First, tell your employees that a threat exists. If your people know what to look out for, they are less likely to install a malicious update in the first place.
Next, check that everyone is using the newest browser version and that their security software is up to date.
Finally, turn on Enhanced Protection in the Privacy and Security options of your browser. This will alert you if you come across a dangerous website or download.
We can assist you in keeping cybercriminals out of your business. Just reach out.
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