WorldWide Tech & Science. Francisco De Jesùs.
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Beware: Windows 8 attacked by first virus.
A week since its release to the public and Windows 8 already has a virus specifically designed for it, which has already spread throughout the network. According to the Trendmicro security company, the malware that is causing chaos in the new OS is a Trojan and takes the form of antivirus. In addition, the company has prevented users of pages that offer free software.
The activity of this malware was detected in the days prior to the feast of Halloween, Trendmicro Internet security company. The company noted that there were two threats designed for Windows 8, a typical Fakeav, which took the form of an antivirus and a ‘phishing attack ‘, caused by a malicious file in an email.
The malware was a Trojan named ROJ_FAKEAV.EHM. This took the form of a virus and sent a warning banner to Internet users, stating that a virus had invaded the system. Thus, getting users to set an application to remove it from the computer, which was actually the virus itself.
This type of malicious files scanned the computer for passwords, bank account and other information of interest that can be sold on the network. In this case the gravity of the extent of the virus is unknown.
On the other hand, the security company has pointed out that this was malicious sites, i.e. those which do not have security certificates.
To avoid this type of incident, Microsoft has an antivirus itself, Windows Defender, which is already pre-installed on the software package. It disappears when the user install another antivirus.
However, the novelty of the software, its interface and its mode of use, it makes users more vulnerable than before to malware threats. This weakness constitutes an opportunity for the ‘hackers’ who are already developing malicious files for Windows 8.
On the other hand, Trendmicro has detected an attack from phishing, found on pages that promised a free download of the latest software for Microsoft PC. In them, asked personal data to users as e-mail, passwords and other data that can be used on the network to commit criminal activities.
In this sense, the Association of Internet, which also warned of the problem, encourages users to be careful with files that you open, and offers a guide, developed by the FBI, with hints of cyber defence.