Malware Alert: Dridex
Dridex is the name given to new a piece of malware that can sit on your computer waiting to steal your banking information or any other login credentials. Dridex is powerful it steals your credentials and it can download and run malicious programs which could bring different unwanted software onto your computer. It can also turn your computer into a “botnet” client which means hackers can use your computer to send the Dridex malware to other computers.
Dridex has been targeting small and medium sized companies and the perpetrators have so far stolen up to £20 million from UK bank accounts. Dridex has only been reported to affect windows devices such as windows 7 and Windows phone, however if your device is running any other operating systems you should still stay vigilant as cyber criminals are always finding new ways to attack as many devices as they can.
Dridex malware gets on your computer through an office file attachment send via email. Once the file is opened the macro (programming code) inside the file will run and unleash Dridex onto your machine to steal your information. Always remember to be cautious when opening file attachments that arrive over email whether you know the sender or now.. Just opening the infected file does not mean that you will be infected, if you have macros disabled on office files then opening the file may not do anything. If you have macros enabled it will allow the malware run infecting your PC
The best way to keep yourself safe from this threat it to make sure your anti-virus is always up to date and keep checking for Windows updates. Make sure you keep Microsoft Office up to date as there are frequently security patches released that address security flaws. As always be aware of the files that you are opening and if you think that you have been affected by this virus please contact action fraud on the following Link.
It is also important to note that if you find yourself victim to cyber fraud then you cannot rely on your bank to give you any money back, There is no guarantee that any bank will return missing funds following a cyber theft. Different banks have different policies on refunding victims of cyber fraud and it is always best to check the current most recent policy your bank may have on this subject.