As the year comes to an end, its only the beginning for computer viruses. All they (The Computer Hackers/Programmers) want for Christmas is your personal information, credit cards numbers, bank accounts, and a fair share of what you’ve got. It has been a nasty year for Computer viruses all over the board and all the hackers and programmers in in the world see 2014 as another opportunity to work harder at taking what you’ve worked hard for. So, I’m giving you what I can to start fighting back and keep yourself safe this new year!
5 Viruses to watch out for in 2014
1. Zeus: the Botnet that builds
Zeus is a botnet toolkit that creates malware and is used primarily to steal bank information, data collecting, and identity theft. there is no single Zeus botnet, they come in with rootkits and can even create others to build and steal any information they can get a hold of on your computer.
2. Cryptolocker: Latest in Ransomware
This Trojan horse ransomware can come from a variety of sources, but mainly as an .exe attachment in a legitimate looking email. when opened the file will attach to a folder disguised in your computer somewhere. It will the proceed to download all your files in your network, and upon finishing it will reveal itself to user showing all of the files have been encrypted and will only reverse the encryption if you pay the ransom required.
3. Zeroaccess: The hidden rootkit
Zeroaccess is a rootkit responsible for botnet spread throughout millions of systems since 2009. The six of the botnets vary and cause different sizes of damage. Once it has infected the host coomputer it starts a rootkit on two main botnet operations: Bitcon mining and Click fraud.
4. Alureon or TDSS: The data stealer
Alureon is a trojan and botnet that is designed to steal data by intercepting a system’s network traffic and searches for user information. This is a very basic but destructive virus that is designed to steal any and all information on your computer.
5. Trojan:Win32/fakesvsdef: The Defragmenter
Originally this was a HDD Defragmenter, hence the name “FakeSsydef” of “Fake System Defragmenter.” This is a Trojan designed to scan the computer and show hardware issues, then present a remedy. But, in order for them to fix the issue they request payment from the user for issues that never existed.
These are just a few of the large viruses that plague the internet so when surfing take precaution and search the web safely!