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Beware of "Scareware"
As we continue to be on alert for the Conficker worm and other worms and viruses, Microsoft recently reported an increase in attacks on PCs via bogus security software.  Since the Conficker alert started going around, more computer users started looking for security programs online to protect their system.  Unfortunately, many of the online programs turned out to be agents for worms and viruses.  Microsoft labels these programs “scareware.”  According to Microsoft, “more security-conscious consumers are being tricked by insistent or alarming pop-up warnings into paying for protection which, unknown to them, is actually malware designed to steal personal information.”  As we reported in our previous blog entry, Conficker works its way into a PC and allows that PC to be controlled remotely.  We can help you protect your computer systems.  Don’t trust everything you see online.  Feel free to contact us with any questions.

Virus Alert April 1st. Win32/Conficker
Thank you for reading this SPECIAL VIRUS ALERT.  It has come to our attention in the past couple of days that clients are not aware of this VERY REAL VIRUS nor have their IT people whether contracted or in-house.  Advanced Communications & Maintenance has been preparing for this and have preventative and or corrective actions in place!
Win32/Conficker is a worm that infects other computers across a network by exploiting a vulnerability in the Windows Server service (SVCHOST.EXE). If the vulnerability is successfully exploited, it could allow remote code execution when file sharing is enabled. Depending on the specific variant, it may also spread via removable drives and by exploiting weak passwords. It disables several important system services and security products and downloads arbitrary files.
Microsoft strongly recommends that users apply the update referred to in Security Bulletin MS08-067 immediately.
Microsoft also recommends that users ensure that their network passwords are strong to prevent this worm from spreading via weak administrator passwords. More information is available here.

Here is the official link on the Threat Research and Response page of Microsoft.  Also they are offering a $250,000.00 reward!

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