URGENT VIRUS ALERT: Google Ads Spreading Viruses

VIRUS ALERTDon’t Fall Victim to the Latest Malicious Attack Spreading on the Internet – Keep Your Computers Up-to-Date or Face Costly Data Theft & Irreparable Reputational Damage!

You’ve heard about the importance of keeping your computer updated time and time again, however, a lot of business owners and employees continue to neglect the latest patches, fixes, and updates designed to protect their systems. If this sounds familiar, you’re in for a rude awakening with the latest cyber attack!

Have you ever heard of Google’s DoubleClick ad service? Essentially, the service enables website owners to earn money from visits in exchange for a place to showcase ads. Unfortunately, over the past few days, an attack has been spreading rapidly through the service.

How does the attack spread? Well, that’s simple! A sneaky tactic, commonly known as “malvertizing,” involves malicious ads purchased by cybercriminals to attract targets. Once the target clicks on the ad, the ad leads them to a malicious website, which spreads dangerous malware to the target’s computer and steals sensitive data. So how do you know if you’re at risk for becoming the next victim of the latest malicious attack? Here are the top two primary factors:

  1. You’re running an unsupported, unsecure operating system, such as Windows XP.
  2. You’re using out-of-date, unpatched versions of Internet Explorer or Adobe Flash Player.

Ultimately, the malware tends to target those who neglect the latest patches, fixes, and updates. If you’re not taking precautions, you might become the next victim! So here’s a few simple tips to help you protect yourself, and your sensitive data, against “malvertizing:”

  • Download and run legitimate anti-virus software.
  • Keep your anti-virus software up-to-date at all times.
  • Ensure all of your applications and browsers are up-to-date.
  • Update your operating system to a newer, supported version.

According to Google’s DoubleClick Ad Exchange help center, “Google is actively working with trusted advertisers and partners to help prevent malware in ads. Any ads that we detect distributing malware will be pulled to protect users from harm.”

While the situation is in the process of being resolved, it’s fundamental to take precautions and consider security as a top priority. Cybercriminals are constantly evolving – and there’s always going to be another type of malware spreading throughout the Internet.

To learn more, or to schedule a no-obligation IT security assessment, give us a call at (309) 263-5600 or send us an email at sales@clearpathIT.com. ClearPath IT Solutions offers IT security solutions, including managed anti-virus, firewalls, and patch management, to help you protect your business data.

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