NCA Warns That Users Have Only Two Weeks Relief From GameoverZeus and Cryptolocker
Following extensive work by the NCA, FBI, Europol and other agencies the ransomeware known as Cryptolocker and the password stealing GameoverZeus malware have been stopped in their tracks.
According to the NCA statement released today the servers that control the viruses have been disrupted enough to allow up to two weeks for home users and businesses to make sure that anti-virus and other software is updated.
Once GameoverZeus has infected a PC it sniffs around for bank account passwords and other sensitive data. If it can't find anything it wants then certain strains will summon Cryptolocker to seize control of the PC and demand payment to unlock the files again.
The advice from the NCA is to update operating systems and software regularly so that the latest security updates are running on the PC. Users should also make sure that effective antivirus software is installed and kept up-to-date and certainly never click on links or open attachments in unsolicited emails.
"Nobody wants their personal financial details, business information or photographs of loved ones to be stolen or held to ransom by criminals. By making use of this two-week window, huge numbers of people in the UK can stop that from happening to them," said Andy Archibald, deputy director of the NCA's National Cyber Crime Unit.