Viruses, Rootkits &
Malware is a short term for Malicious Software. We are all aware
"computer viruses", but the truth is that malicious software has
taken an increase the last few years, with a bit percentage of it
being specialised in economic crime.
are usually destructive pieces of code that
will harm your machine.
is usually a harmless but annoying piece of code, that
based on your
surfing attitudes, will push relevant
advertisements to you while
is a serious threat; a malicious code that will record
information such as user IDs, passwords, and credit
card numbers in
order to exploit them.
a malicious piece of software that
hijacks your computer and its operator demands ransom to be paid
control is released to you.
These are extremely dangerous pieces of code that take control of
your computer without you knowing it
(they do not stop you from
using it as usual) but use it to send out spam and fraudulent
emails, to strangers or people in your
address book, making it look
like it is coming from you, and making you legally liable.
DID I GET A VIRUS ON MY COMPUTER?
There are many
ways this has happened. Maybe you do not have an antivirus software
installed or it is not up to date. Maybe
you clicked on a link from
a fraudulent email and it took you to a website that installed the
virus. You may also have downloaded
something you shouldn't have.
Another possibility is that you use a Peer-to-Peer tool or a
HAPPEN TO MY COMPUTER ?
An infected computer
runs several risks for its owner. A few examples of a much larger lists
of issues includes:
Your computer is hijacked and your passwords, credit card
details, internet banking login etc are compromised
Your computer is compromised and it is being used by the
sender of the malware (virus) to disseminate illegal
spam, fraudulent emails and even child
pornography. Using your computer as a hub, it looks like you
are the one who is
sending all that. And of course you are
the one whose door the police will knock.
Your hijacked computer may be used in a Denial of Service
attack. This means that it will be one of many computers
attack a target like a corporation, a government
website or any other victim for that matter.
If your computer is hijacked, then someone can send emails
to other people and make them look they are coming from you.
The person who has hijacked your computer may remotely
activate your microphone and camera and see you , listen to
and record what they see and listen to.
What can WE do for
Strathclyde Forensics is here to offer you sound and independent
advice on your protection. We are also able to investigate
previous incident and identify the sources of entry of any form of
malware. We can also educate you and your family on how
your computer and your privacy.