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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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Who are these Cowards who left horse for dead after crash?

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Do you know who these Cowards are? Police have launched a manhunt after a group of men dumped a horse following a collision with a car. They left the horse for dead.

The horse was left seriously injured during a procession in Great Bridge Road in Bilston on Sunday after she bolted into a vehicle.

Instead of staying with the horse and seeking treatment for the horse they fled the scene and dumped the horse. leaving the horse for dead.

The female brown horse was tragically left to die, without any thought for the horse as they fled the scene and did not check to see if the driver and the family within the car were ok.

The sheer impact of the crash smashed the windscreen of a Volkswagen and left the mare lying in the road. The horse was bleeding heavily.

The horse was attached to a traditional carriage and the men detached the horse from the carriage and fled the scene dragging the carriage with them.

RSPCA Inspector Vicki Taylor, who was called alongside police, said: ‘The horse was lying in the road and bleeding where the smashed windscreen had cut into her front and legs. ‘This was a shocking sight and she was clearly suffering

‘Thankfully the family who were in the car were uninjured but their vehicle was badly damaged. ‘When I arrived, the men with the horse had already left, dragging the trap away with them.

Witnesses provided photos of the owners taking off the trap and leaving the horse in the road. ‘It must have been a shock to be involved in an accident like this but these men essentially abandoned this horse to die.

 

‘As they left, the men were pictured trying to hide their faces.’ The mare, who is about seven years old, is also underweight but is now recovering at a private boarding establishment in RSPCA care.

Inspector Taylor added: ‘Thankfully there are no obvious broken bones and the equine vet is positive she will recover despite the open wounds which may take a while to start healing.

‘We are now appealing for anyone who may recognise the horse, or the men in these images, to contact us in strictest confidence on the inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.’

 

 

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The mystery of the missing biscuits and the cop who was dragged over the coals

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A Police Officer was dragged over the coals and faced losing the job he once loved after a tin of biscuits disappeared from a police station in London.

Despite PC Thomas Hooper being arrested and questioned under caution, he was eventually found not guilty of misconduct following a three-day misconduct hearing.

PC Thomas Hooper was also alleged to have applied for a Fixed Penalty Notice issued while he was driving he was driving a police vehicle back to the station in full response mode.

He was also accused of nicking a two-tier tin of biscuits belonging to another officer and then officer a false account relating to the disappearance of that said biscuit tin.

Now PC Hooper has been cleared after no evidence was found on both matters after he was grilled at a three-day hearing.

PC Hooper was suspended and then placed on restricted duties following the incidents in now free to return to full operational duties after what can only be described as a waste of police time and a witch hunt against PC Hooper.

During the hearing panel chairman Naheed Asjad said the public would be concerned about the value of the complaint about the biscuits, which was looked into by other officers and is now being heard at a misconduct hearing.

She said: “You have a sergeant and an inspector and a box of biscuits that have gone missing and the only thing you can come up with is to refer the matter to Directorate of Professional Standards?”

It’s an Utter Disgrace…

Trevor Sherwood Police Hour Founder “It’s a complete disgrace that this matter was referred to the Directorate Of Professional Standards and that the officers within that department upheld a criminal allegation of the theft of a tin of biscuits.

“While policing budgets are stretched the powers that be are wasting thousands of pounds investigating each other for petty offences, for an officer to face losing his job over a missing tin of biscuits is an utter shame.

“This is wasting valuable policing time and amounts to amounts to utterly shameful management from PC Hoopers supervision who believed this was an issue for professional standards.

“These type of investigations can run into the tens of thousands and really they should not be happening, for a truly dedicated and committed police officer to face the loss of his job over biscuits is the real shame of British policing in 2018.”

Now someone hand that cop a tin of biscuits.

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85-year-old murdered in horrific and cowardly attack in her home

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Rosina Coleman aged 85 has been found dead in her home in Romford east London. She was subjected to a horrific and cowardly attack, she suffered serious injuries and sadly died.

She was murdered in her own home, The pensioner was only found when a repair worker attended her home in Ashmour Gardens on Tuesday morning.

Rosina is believed to have been attacked in her home hours before she was found. Very little details have been released by the police.

Credit: Met Police

Detective Inspector Paul Considine, who is leading the murder investigation, described it as “a despicable incident in which the victim, an elderly lady who lived alone, had been subjected to a cowardly assault that left her with serious injuries.”

Det Ins Considine appealed for anyone with information to come forward: “I want to ask anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious to call police immediately; did you hear anyone in distress or notice someone in the area who may have looked out of place?

“Even a fragment of information is beneficial to our investigation.

“It is imperative that we find those responsible for this horrendous offence.”

  • Anyone with information should call the Metropolitan Police on 101.

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