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Important steps and advice to protect your computer from Gameover Zeus, GOZeus, or P2PZeus

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The National Crime Agency announced it has took down a international crime network who have stolen 60 Million from our personal bank accounts, We have been offered a 14 day period to secure our computers and kick hackers out, after the government took out the servers controlling the organised attack on our computers.

This article is designed to help you protect your computer, your finances, your identity and your family against this new online threat. We have been offered a rare 14 day warning and break to ensure our computers are secured.

The target of the attack is random private individuals just like you and me, they are also targeting small businesses so it is critical that you read this page and follow the advice to ensure your computer and your family is secured.

We recommend you follow the advice within this page to ensure your computer is secured from hackers and cyber criminals.

If you have a windows operating system it is important that you apply these actions to secure your PC, which includes any server running windows or windows embedded software.

The government and National Crime Agency have advised this is not an isolated attack, 15,000 computers within the United Kingdom have already been locked by criminals and personal details stolen.

The UK National Crime Agency (NCA) has managed to take temporary control of the communications which are used to connect with the infected computer systems and has offered us a very limited window to secure our computers, ensuring we have enough time to ensure we are protected.

We have provided a number of links that will allow you to check your computer for the presence of malware which are related to this cyber attack, if you take no action please make sure you use one of the tools provided to run a check immediately to see if you are at threat.

The attack affects your computer system, cyber criminals are working around the clock to create ways of stealing our financial information, commit fraud and identify theft againts people like me and you, the proceeds of the cyber attacks funds further organised crime.

This cyber attack comes in the form of two different types of malware to infect your computer to allow them to commit these crimes against you.

1. The known virus is called Gameover Zeus, GOZeus, or P2PZeus it is a very aggressive malware that infects your computer, it allows the criminals to take over your computer, and they will then commit crimes which include viewing your files, monitoring your bank accounts and sending emails from your accounts, they will even use your webcam to spy on you.

2. the Ransomware known as CryptoLocker, this is a vvirus that the criminals will use to prevent you opening any files, they will lock down your PC, and then issue you with a ransom demand, once you have paid the ransom your computer will remain locked, your computer will be useless as access to all features within the computer will be blocked.

Your computer becomes infected in a number of ways, you will receive emails which claim to be from your bank, government, or official company, they will require you to login to claim a refund or other account activity update that may be required.

You may receive emails which contain website links to bogus emails, attachments which you will be requested to download that contain hidden malware, that is a Trojan.

They will have hacked and stolen your email list so it can appear as if the spam emails are coming from one of your friends email accounts, when you open the attachment in an email it automatically tells the trojan to download Gameover Zeus and Cryptolocker from the server.

Gameover Zeus will search your computer for methods of making a profit, if it cannot find such details Cryptolocker will kick in and take over your computer and will lock down your computer and demand a ransom of cash.

If you have been infected your Internet Service Provider (ISP) may now send you a letter warning you that you have been infected, the ISP will know you have been infected because the National Crime Agency have taken over thousands of servers and have obtained the records.

The advice is to follow the information within this letter from your ISP, which is the same as the advice we have published on this page. If your computer has been locked down by CryptoLocker it is to late, and it cannot be recovered.

To avoid future attacks on your computer it is good to ensure you regularly update your computer updates regular.

Ensuring you don’t fall for phishing emails sent by Cyber criminals, as they will exploit the situation and send out further phishing e-mails which may claim to be from your ISP or National Crime Agency, which require you to click on a link to open an attachment to fix the problem.

Please ensure you do not click on any unknown attachments because please bare in mind they have access to your email contacts and these emails may appear to come from a friend, family member or colleague, infact these will be sent by the server

The advice is now to ensure you can your computer and remove Gameover Zeus malware and CryptoLocker software during the 14 day break.

A number of security companies have quickly developed free tools to remove these threats from your computer, even if you have not been infected by these it is advised you run the tools anyway.

Symantec
http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/international-takedown-wounds-gameover-zeus-cybercrime-network

F-Secure

F-Secure Online scanner (Windows Vista, 7 and 8)
http://www.f-secure.com/en/web/home_global/online-scanner
F-Secure Rescue CD (Windows XP systems)
http://www.f-secure.com/en/web/labs_global/removal-tools/-/carousel/view/142

This article has been written with the advice from the Government, you can visit the
Get Safe Online website for more advice.

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Scott Findlay subjected young mother to harrowing sex attack & punched her while she cradled 6-week-old baby

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A MAN who raped a young mother and repeatedly punched her as she cradled a six-week-old baby in her arms has been jailed.

Scott Findlay subjected his victim to a “prolonged and harrowing” attack in front of her two young children.

Today, at York Crown Court, Judge Simon Hickey sent the 27-year-old, from Ferryhill, in County Durham, to prison for 15 years for offences including rape, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and threats to kill.

The court heard that the victim pleaded with Findlay, who was armed with a kitchen knife, for her children to be prevented from seeing the attack.

Speaking after sentencing, Detective Constable Katrina Meisuria, of Durham Constabulary’s Safeguarding Unit, praised the victim for her courage in giving evidence.

She said: “Scott Findlay subjected his victim to a prolonged, harrowing and violent attack in front of her two young children.

“It took great bravery by the victim to provide evidence at court reliving those events again.

“There is no doubt these crimes have had a life-changing effect on the victim and her children, but the conviction will provide the family with the opportunity to move forward”.

In a statement released through the police, the victim said: “This has been an extremely difficult time for me and my family.

“The incidents occurred only six weeks after the birth of my daughter who was in my arms as Scott Finlay repeatedly punched me about the head and my seven-year-old looked on in terror begging for him to stop hurting his mammy.

“No child should ever have to witness such an attack”.

She added: “My family and I are pleased with the outcome and relieved it is finally over and we can move forward to rebuilding our life”.

After a four-day trial at Durham Crown Court in May, a jury found Findlay guilty of three counts of rape, one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one count of making threats to kill.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and criminal damage.

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Man attacked staff with a traffic cone at petrol station

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Police are appealing for information after a man was assaulted with a traffic cone at a petrol station in Newcastle.

At around 12.05pm on Monday afternoon police received a report that a staff member at the Shell garage on the Great North Road in Gosforth had been assaulted with a traffic cone.

The male offender had filled up a motorcycle with fuel but was challenged by staff when it appeared that he would not pay for the fuel.

He became aggressive and then assaulted the staff member with a traffic cone before fleeing the scene on foot in the direction of The Three Mile Inn.

The victim of the assault was later taken to hospital with a suspected broken nose and cheekbone. It is also believed the motorcycle the offender left at the garage was stolen.

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and police are now appealing for help from the public to identify the offender.

He is described as wearing all black with a white motorcycle helmet that had the visor down.

Officers also want to speak to any witnesses to the incident as there were a number of people on the garage forecourt who police have still not spoken to.

They are also keen to speak to any motorists who may have dash-cam footage showing the motorcycle in question.

Anyone who knows the man, or witnessed the incident on Monday, is encouraged to contact police on 101 quoting log 423 13/08/18 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You can also email the OIC on [email protected] or report online at www.northumbria.police.uk/contact.

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Women takes wrong turn at level crossing sparking police response

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A woman has brought Metro trains to a standstill after a woman took a wrong turn at a level crossing and drove on the tracks.

How on earth she managed to do that we will never know, despite the bumpy journey and being on a train track she continued her journey, Maybe she was taking a shortcut?.

Police raced to the scene and Trains were suspended causing delays between Newcastle Airport and Regent Centre after the car was spotted on the line at Kingston Park.

Nexus Rail worker Danny Usher has told Police Hour that an 89-year-old woman got confused and took a wrong turn and made a mistake,

“The lady was 89 years old the poor women got confused and made a mistake luckily nobody was hurt and the police have taken her licence off her for her own safety”

Police have said the driver had gotten lost and took a wrong turn onto the railway and was heading towards Bank Foot station before she stopped at the platform.

Police responded to the incident at 8.30pm and helped get the woman out of the car to safety.

The track has also been checked for any damage before trains resumed at 9.15pm.

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