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Worried About Dridex Online Banking Malware? See How Norton Protects You
A key figure behind an online banking scam which has seen tens of millions of pounds drained from online bank accounts has been recently arrested after collaboration between the FBI and National Crime Agency with support from authorities across Europe.
“Dridex” is the name of a particularly virulent strain of malware used to steal information such as usernames and passwords from Windows PCs, with the intention of breaking into bank accounts and siphoning off cash. Norton/Symantec has been following Dridex for some time and those already using the latest versions of Symantec or Norton security solutions are protected against the threat.
“Takedowns of this kind have directly contributed to a decline in use of financial Trojans. Despite the criminals’ best efforts, financial Trojan infections decreased by 35 percent in 2014, thanks in part to the efforts of different law enforcement agencies in cooperation with the security industry.
Whilst large-scale operations and cross-border collaboration needs to continue, consumers and businesses can help protect themselves against these threats by following simple internet security practices.
1. Use a robust security solution that also covers email in its protective scope, such as Norton Security, and keep it updated with the very latest in patches, system hardening and threat intelligence. This should remove the chance of you accidentally opening malicious email/malicious attachments in the first place.
2. Delete any suspicious-looking emails you receive, especially if they contain links and/or attachments. Don’t even open them, just delete them. If they purport to come from legitimate organizations, verify with the organization in question first.
3. If you suspect Dridex infection, immediately change your online banking account passwords using a different (and hopefully uninfected) system, contact your bank to alert them to look for any potentially fraudulent transactions.”
- Candid Wueest, Security Response.
The advice from national security agencies is to take action now by ensuring you have up-to-date security software. Norton Security offers proactive protection and safeguards your identity and online transactions.