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.