MSUFCU has recently discovered new malware attempts that have been targeting members of financial institutions worldwide. As we approach the holiday season, malware threats become more common as the number of online purchase increases. To protect yourself, it is important to use and update antivirus software often.
Malware can be exploited if access to a computer is established. This happens through email attachments, links, pop-up advertisements, and other malicious add-ons. If exploited, these vulnerabilities could allow hackers unauthorized access to stored information, including usernames, passwords, and other sensitive information.
Members and employees can help defend against the vulnerabilities by being vigilant when clicking links in emails and pop-up advertisements on their personal devices.
What is Malware?
"Malware" is short for "malicious software" - computer programs designed to infiltrate and damage computers without the user's consent. "Malware" is the general term covering all of the different types of threats to your computer security such as viruses, spyware, worms, trojans, rootkits, and so on.
It has a wide-range of capabilities that include:
• Disrupting computer operation
• Gathering sensitive information
• Impersonating a user to send spam or fake messages
• Gaining access to private computer systems
for an example of what Malware looks like.