Adobe Flash Player Ransomware!
Ransomware Disguised As Adobe Flash-Player Update:
Please Be Aware of a New Ransomware Virus!
The virus is masking itself as an “Emergency Adobe Flash Update”.
Do not install or click on it!
The infection is based on a fake update for Adobe Flash Player and dropped onto victims’ computers with a file named “install_flash_update.exe”. The hackers will begin to force their way into the local network in order to spread the ransomware. To achieve this, they will use a combination of commonly used usernames and passwords, until they try to figure out the correct one. This why CES recommends that all passwords have at least one capital letter, one number, and one special character ($,%,^, etc..).
The malicious hackers behind this attack will request bitcoins as ransom, the exact cost remains unknown at this time.
We recommend users take the following protection against ransomware attacks:
- Do not to use the administrator account.
- Disable macros in the Microsoft Office Package.
- Make sure you have a paid antivirus software which is also up to date, or consider having a proactive anti ransomware protection.
- Update your Windows system or any other operating system installed on your computer. It is important to install all the latest updates for all your apps too.
- Don’t keep your important data exclusively on your computer and make sure you have at least 2 backups of your valuable data on external sources such as a hard drive or in the cloud.
- DO NOT open spam or download email-messages from untrusted or unknown sources that could infect your device. Moreover, don’t click on suspicious links.
Adobe has released an emergency/out-of-band security update (APSB17-32, for versions 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206) for Adobe Flash Player for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Chrome OS.
Please contact Computer Enhancement Systems @ 301-620-1580 with any questions.