(Harlan) The ACH computer virus has resurfaced and it infecting computers locally. The infectious email is from an organization called the National Electronic payments Association, and the subject line is typically “Your ACH payment has been rejected by your bank." The sender wants you to open up a link that is either in a word Dock or PDF file.
“After you open that you are infected,” stated Jim Burnette, computer expert and senior Regional Account Executive for Heartland Technology Solutions in Harlan. Burnette adds, that this is a key stroke logger.
“That means that every character that you hit on your keyboard is recorded and transmitted back to the people that propagated the virus. This will record anything that you type in. For example; if you do internet banking your password, if you hit the space bar... a space, if you type a letter to someone, if you are doing your taxes any of the tax information you might enter goes to these hackers,” Burnette adds that, “ On an offline non-secure site or maybe even be on a secure site, it is not recording what is going to that site, it is recording what is happening on your keyboard.” Burnette says the best thing to do is balance your checkbook and if you think you have opened this link, contact your bank.
“The best anti-virus is the fingers at the end of your hands,” says Burnette. “The old saying that nothing is for free is very real. If go online and play a free online game, I guarantee something is being uploaded to your computer to track where you are going. And it maybe that they are just tracking your information so they can sell it to somebody else.”
Burnette says whether you are a business or just at home, there is no computer that should be on the internet without a firewall. “The firewall keeps the honest people honest and the bad guys out. You have got to keep up with those firewall updates. A firewall that has not been maintained is no better than no firewall at all.”
Burnette says don’t go any place on the internet that may expose you to danger, don’t open emails that you don’t know, for example from government agencies or senders that claim they are from a financial institution, and make sure you do due diligence in providing the right technology to protect yourself. If you do those things you are going to be pretty well protected. If your computer is infected make sure you take the proper steps to fix it.
December 2, 2011