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“You’re giving me the ‘it’s not you, it’s me’ routine? I invented ‘it’s not you, it’s me.’ Nobody tells me it’s them not me; if it’s anybody, it’s me.”
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Why you will not be fine on this Cloud Number 9

We work hard to protect our clients from online security threats, we go to great lengths to keep them safe. This includes key loggers that record login information and DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks, which overwhelm a service with fake traffic and cause it to crash. We advise our clients to install software updates as soon as they are available, and as part of the service, we support them through this process. But if you visit a website that asks you to install an Adobe Flash update… STOP!

Flash was discontinued in 2020 and is no longer supported, so if you see a Flash update message you should automatically assume that it is a security threat! Right now, fake Flash messages are being used as a cover for a new 'botnet' campaign that installs a malicious browser extension called Cloud9. Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge users are targets. 

A botnet is a group of infected devices that are controlled as one without the owners' knowledge. Botnets can be used to steal sensitive data, send spam, or perform DDoS attacks. The Cloud9 botnet will attempt to install additional malware on your device or network if it is not stopped in time. This can cause serious damage to your system and data. This type of attack is hard to spot because it looks like a genuine request, and just about anyone can become a target.

But don't panic just yet, there are things you can do to protect your business.

First, talk to your team and ensure everyone knows the threat. If your team knows what to look out for it’s less likely they’ll install the update in the first place. Next, make sure everyone’s running the latest version of their browser and that security software is up to date. Doing your updates is so important! And lastly, ensure Enhanced Protection is enabled in your browsers Privacy and Security settings. This will provide a warning if you attempt to access a risky website or download.

As always, we can help you keep your business protected from cyber criminals. Just get in touch.

Until next time, keep fit and have fun!

(TYYV) The Yada Yada Version:

Flash was discontinued in 2020 so yada yada yada if you get an update message from Adobe Flash DO NOT CLICK IT.

Mitch Redekopp
Article Written by Mitch Redekopp

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