New ‘Judy’ Malware on Android May Have Infected 36 Million Devices

A new malware (malevolent software) called “Judy” is potentially one of the most widely spread pieces of Android malware we’ve seen to date. It’s currently believed that upwards of 36.5 million Android devices may have already been infected.

“The malware uses infected devices to generate large amounts of fraudulent clicks on advertisements, generating revenues for the perpetrators behind it,” according ti the new report from Check Point.

Details may be found in an article by Yoni Heisler in the BGR web site at: http://bit.ly/2riPyJb.

Aomei Backupper Free Helps Protect Against Ransomware and Many Other Nasties

Aomei Backupper Free is a freeware Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista backup utility that’s “specially designed to protect your system and files against ransomware.” Actually, there are dozens of backup programs available for Window2s and most of them do a good job at saving files. What sets Aomei Backupper Free apart from its competitors is the protection offered against specific to WannaCry and other ransomware. Specifically, it instructs you on the kind of backup to make if you haven’t been affected and what to do if you have.

With the help of AOMEI Backupper Free, you can easily back up system, files, disks, partitions on desktop and laptop computers by creating backup image and restore all your important data when your computers have been attacked. What is more, even if your computer has already been infected with Ransomware, you can still use AOMEI Backupper to create image files in System Backup, Disk Backup, Partition Backup not only to prevent from more serious data loss caused by misoperation or a new mutation of Ransomware, but also “froze” the countdown of Ransomware.

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How to Protect Yourself From Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware, which is often transmitted by email or web pop-ups, involves locking up people’s data and threatening to destroy it if a ransom is not paid. The global cyberattack has affected 200,000 Windows computers in more than 150 countries, including the United States, China, Japan, South Korea, Germany and Britain.

An article by Brian X. Chen in the New York Times at http://nyti.ms/2pR6YJg gives advice on how to avoid the ransomware problems.

AKBuilder is the Latest Exploit Kit to Target Word Documents, Spread Malware

Anyone running Microsoft Windows, especially with Microsoft Office or Microsoft Word, needs to be aware of three new threats to their computers. All three use exploits to deliberately corrupt files that automatically trigger bugs in Office and underlying bugs in Windows itself. Linux and Macintosh systems apparently are not affected by these malicious products.

Most anti-virus products do not yet detect these threats.

Details may be found in an article by Bill Brenner in the Naked Security web site, run by Sophos, the producer of anti-virus and other security products, at: https://goo.gl/pEzoLv.

You Don’t Need an Antivirus (Except Microsoft’s Built-in on Windows), Says Former Firefox Developer

I am not sure I agree with this but will pass the information along in case it works for someone else. (I use Macintosh and Chromebook computers so viruses aren’t much of a concern for me. I cannot verify this article about Windows viruses.)

Former Firefox developer Robert O’Callahan claims, “antivirus software vendors are terrible; don’t buy antivirus software, and uininstall it if you already have it (except, on Windows, for Microsoft’s).”

He also claims, “Perhaps it should go without saying — but you also need to your OS to be up-to-date. If you’re on Windows 7 or, God forbid, Windows XP, third party Antivirus software might make you slightly less doomed.”

O’Callahan then provides justification for his claims in his article at: https://goo.gl/74Js0l.

St. Louis Libraries Affected By Major Ransomware Attack

Ransomware continues to be utilized by internet criminals all over the world. Earlier this week, the libraries of St. Louis, Missouri, have been crippled by a ransomware attack. Public terminals provided by the library to the poor and vulnerable of the city had to be shut down as a result.

What’s worse, the library system apparently has no backups taken before the ransomware attack so it can not easily restore the files from backup copies, the usual method of dealing with ransomware. If proper backups had been taken and saved, the ransomware infection would not be much of a problem to deal with.

You can read more about this latest attack in an article in the NewsBTC web site at: https://goo.gl/z76WS1.