Posted by Theresa Hietpas

Feb 22, 2017 4:00:54 PM

Spora RansomwareOur River Run Security Team has recently been alerted to a ransomware called Spora.

Spora Ransomware is a file-encrypting ransomware, which will encrypt the personal documents found on victim’s computer, any mapped network drives, and USB drives. Then it displays a message which offers to decrypt the data if a payment in Bitcoins is made. Spora not only encrypts the files, it also creates shortcuts to folders that infect other network users when opened.

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Topics: Virus Alert

Trojan.FakeAV Virus Update

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

Dec 22, 2014 4:55:00 PM

Trojan.FakeAV has been around for quite a while, however its making another debut. This type of malware tries to convince a user to remove non-existent malware or security risks from their computers by installing bogus software.

Users are offered a link to software from spam emails, blogs/forums that are spammed, malicious banner ads, pirated software, file sharing networks, or even exploited web pages.

Once installed, a constant stream of pop-up warnings appear stating a harmful virus has been detected alerting you to purchase software to clean this up.

Here is what we received via email:

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Topics: Email protection, Email security, Malware, Virus Alert, Virus

Operation Global III Virus Alert

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

Dec 22, 2014 12:10:54 PM


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Topics: Hackers, network protection, attacks, Malware, Virus Alert, Virus, ransomeware

HIGH ALERT-CryptoWall 2.0

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

Oct 22, 2014 10:25:20 AM

Similar to CryptoLocker, Cyber Criminals have released another version to the CryptoWall virus-version 2.0. This ransomware is spreading very quickly through unsolicited downloads and file attachments in emails such as pdfs and zip files. As with other ransomware viruses, CryptoWall infects an opening in the system, encrypts the users’ files (pictures, texts, files, documents, etc...) and demands payment in order to recover those files. It is vital to your organization to have policies in place to prevent these types of attacks.

Do not open suspicious email attachments

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Topics: Email protection, attacks, Cyber Security, Tech Support, Virus Alert, River Run Computers

Hackers Target Lonely Hearts with Valentine's Spam & Phishing Scams

Posted by Eric Torres

Feb 10, 2012 9:01:00 AM

With Valentine's Day around the corner, cyber criminals are ramping up spam, phishing, and other attacks targeting the lovers' holiday

By Tony Bradley | PC World | Published: February 10, 2012

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Topics: SPAM, Email scam, Online Scam, Phishing attacks, Virus Alert, Cyber Crime

Banks Warn of Potential 'Spearphishing' Attacks

Posted by Eric Torres

Apr 6, 2011 1:16:00 PM

epsilon intl logo profileSecurity experts warned Monday that banking customers should worry about a wave of spearphishing attacks utilizing the recently-breached email database stolen from marketing firm Epsilon.

The email addresses leaked during the breach could be used to send targeted attacks to the customers of Epsilon's clients, which include a host of financial services providers such as Barclays Bank of Delaware, CapitalOne, Citibank and JPMorgan Chase. The banks are "freaking out" about the leak, says Avivah Liten, vice-president of security research for analyst firm Gartner.

"The attackers are going to use the records - that's what the banks are worried about," says Litan. "It might not even be focussed on the victim's bank accounts. They might just be interested in using the spearphishing attack to get on the desktop."

Friday, Epsilon warned its corporate customers that their client email addresses had been stolen by an attacker. While the company counts a number of major banks among its customers, other companies - such as Best Buy, Disney Destination, and Tivo - were also affected by the breach.

Epsilon says it continues to investigate the attack.
"The information that was obtained was limited to email addresses and/or customer names only," the company said in a statement. "A rigorous assessment determined that no other personally identifiable information associated with those names was at risk."

The attacks should convince companies to take a second, if not a third, look at their outsourced providers' security. While credit-card information comes with an industry mandated set of security standards, names and email addresses are not protected in the same way.

Click here for more information on this breach and who is at risk.

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Topics: Email, Online Privacy, Phishing attacks, Virus Alert

River Run Tech Blog: New Malware Released

Posted by Blog Tipster

Dec 9, 2010 9:19:00 AM

In the last couple of years, we’ve seen the most active and persistent viruses coming out masked as anti-virus programs under names like Internet Security, AntiVirus Pro 2009, Anti Spyware 2010, etc. Apparently, users are getting wise to this ploy because we’ve seen a new variation on these malicious programs that attempt to extract money from you. The new variation claims to be a hard drive defragmentation and repair utility called “HDD Plus”. It is NOT a legitimate program!

If you see a popup for HDD Plus, whether it looks like the screen shot below, or not, do NOT click on anything within the popup window!

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Topics: Security, Malware, Tech Support, Virus Alert, vulnerabilites

A New Scareware Scam With Fake Microsoft Endorsement

Posted by Eric Torres

Jan 7, 2010 10:32:00 AM

It wouldn't be the first time a scammer tried to use Microsoft to pull off a con job. Remember all those chain emails claiming that if you scareware forwarded it to enough friends, Bill Gates would send you money? Now a new piece of malware tries to con you into buying bogus antivirus software by faking a Microsoft endorsement of the product. Find out more here:

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Topics: Microsoft, Security, Virus Alert, Windows

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