ALERT: Cyber Hacker (s) Targets Omaha PR Firm | Used Sophisticated Spy Keylogger
(PR Web Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Omaha, NE (PRWEB) September 05, 2013
If your National Marketing/PR Firm takes on high-profile clients, tackling controversial issues – be on high alert for a politically-motivated cyber attack that anti-virus and firewall programs reportedly can’t presently block. Called the so-called FBI MoneyPak Ransomware Virus keylogger, a covert program maliciously installed by hackers to spy & steal what a user types.
The real FBI warns businesses about spear-phishing, in which internet crooks target online organizations solely based on their industry or cause involvement – that the cyber-criminal seeks to sabotage. National PR Firms who represent client causes are smack-dab in the bull’s-eye of these politically-triggered cyber-attacks.
Omaha Marketing Firm Stern PR™ recently got hit by the dangerous keylogger that is proliferating nationally. The new USA Beef Additive Alert Campaign appears to be the main target. "The keylogger discovery coincides with a handful of suspicious website log in warnings and the behavior of a lone cyber bully protester," said Stern.
“We believe the keylogger attack was not random. We're concerned about stolen intellectual data, financial credentials and proprietary username/passwords. We hope the Feds pursue,” said Susan Stern, owner of Nebraska-based Stern PR Marketing™. Stern reported the crimes to a local FBI Field Office and the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center.
Havoc So-Called FBI Virus Caused
At Stern PR™, the vicious ransomware disabled one network computer, displayed a fake U.S. Justice Department warning and attempted to extort money. However, as the FBI warns, in a general reference to cause-triggered attacks, a cyber-criminal’s motive is more sinister – to steal proprietary data and use the heisted intellectual property to the crook’s advantage, the modus operandi of Spear-Phishing..
Keylogger Slips past Firewalls
It’s well-known inside the anti-virus community, that the best preventative attack software on the market can not currently detect nor block the dangerous so-called FBI keylogger & its variations. None. Nada. Zilch. “So, if you're computers are struck, have IT support remove the corrupted keylogger post-break-in and run regular diagnostics,” highlights Stern.
All PR Firms Vulnerable
“What this means is any computer infrastructure is vulnerable to hackers with an ax to grind - a cause to protect. How did the malware infiltrate? There are many possibilities.You may receive the so-called FBI Virus/Keylogger/Trojan via an infected email from someone requesting an “interview” for instance. Or, someone sends your business a Tweet with a link containing malicious code. Your browser could also be hijacked, automatically sending you to a page that forces the download.
Cyber Bully Timing Suspicious
"The timing of the keylogger attack is suspicious and coincides with the behavior of a lone protester who has bombarded us with an excessive number of tweets, Facebook & Youtube comments, emails and phone calls, actions that are far from civil discourse," said Stern.
"We also suspect the "activist" has created fake online profiles after getting banned from commenting. Most notably, said individual is on our radar after posting a Tweet with a photo of our client's Facebook administration panel - that only we can view with the private username/password - credentials that we believe may have been stolen in the keylogger attack," she added.
Stern PR Recommends PR Firms Enact Cyber Bully Policy
When disparaged and harassed, Stern PR™ recommends that PR Firms implement a ‘Cyber Harassment Policy’. “This is essentially a plan of action, to block, ban and ignore the communications of cyber bullies, while actively reporting the shenanigans to social media platforms and authorities when appropriate,” emphasized Susan Stern.
Company Targets Feel Jolt
“No one said it would be quick and easy to recover from a keylogger attack. But fortunately, Stern PR Marketing™ has weathered the cyber storm remarkably well. We are forward thinkers. During the whirlwind, we relied on our strong security protocols, including an external data backup system, set aside computers and reliable IT support – allowing us to operate at full-speed on behalf of all our clients, including the Beef Additive Alert™ Campaign,” stated Susan Stern, who beams a friendly smile and an upbeat attitude in spite of the goings-on by a cyber crook (s).
Stern PR Tips: What to Do if Cyber Outlaw Attacks
• File a report with the FBI & the Internet Crime Complaint Center
• Report Bullying to Facebook, Twitter & Google When Appropriate
• Use Higher Social Media Security Profiles to Log In
• Hire an IT Firm to Regularly Diagnosis, Detect & Fix Corrupted Computers
• Frequently Change Username/Passwords using letters, symbols & #’s: Ex: T#xAs+51H2
• Alert your Bank to Potential Fraud
• Block, Ban, Hang Up & Ignore a Cyber Bully
• Keep Current a Computer’s Operating System & Anti-Virus
• Upgrade to the most recent Flash, Acrobat & Java versions, which are Commonly Exploited
• Stop Opening Emails or Links from Suspicious Characters
• Immediately Shut Down Computer & Call IT, if a Suspicious Window Appears
Stay informed. Receive the latest cyber-crime news at the Internet Criminal Complaint Center – a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C).
Susan Stern is owner/operator of Stern PR Marketing, a full-service, two person Omaha-based National PR firm that helps established businesses & organizations reach their target market using the entire marketing mix, while operating with a commitment to integrity and ethics. For more information, please contact Susan Stern, at Stern PR Marketing.
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