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New Malware Alert: How To Stay Safe

Although cybersecurity measures are always being improved, it is also true that malware, brute force and complex hacking attempts continue to become smarter and more efficient. This is why it is so important to stay on top of the security of your website. Without it, you risk losing your site, customers’ information and your own digital identity. It truly does go without saying that cybersecurity should be a crucial focus at all times for your website.

Recently, cybersecurity experts at Check Point Research (CPR) identified a new form of malware that works to take over your social media and use them to steal funds and misuse your digital identity. Our web security experts are sharing what you need to know about this new malware and how you can keep yourself protected.

What Is Electron-bot?

Electron-bot is the name for the new malware identified by researchers at Check Point Research (CPR). Unlike other forms of malware that infect your computer through websites and brute force attacks, Electron-bot is being distributed through the Microsoft store. A number of application publishers on the store have been uploading a range of games and apps that carry the malware. Once the application is installed on your device, the application begins downloading files and executing scripts to make sure you won’t find it easily.

How Does Electron-bot Impact You?

Once installed and active on your device the malware begins to work on its true purpose, using your platforms and digital assets to maliciously generate funds. This can happen in a number of different ways. Here is a summary of each:

SEO Poisoning

SEO poisoning occurs when malware infects your website and begins to change page content to sell ad space and malicious products/content. 

Ad Clicking

The malware uses your device and network to rapidly click ads on malicious sites to help generate ad revenue for the malware developers. This also often leads your site more vulnerable to further malware infections.

Social Media Hacking Promotion

The malware can also hand over control of your social media accounts, allowing others to control your profile and posts. This often results in malicious posts and activity that is not only damaging to your reputation but also your wallet.

How Can You Avoid The Malware

The best way to avoid the Electron-bot malware is to be very careful of the applications you install from the Microsoft store. Look into the developer of each application and even contact Microsoft support if you have any questions or concerns. Installing security on your computer is also a great idea to not only avoid Electron-bot, but also any other malware. The WorkDash team recommends ESET Internet Security, which provides comprehensive security and privacy for your devices when browsing online. You can purchase it on our official store here.

Have you downloaded a suspicious app from the Microsoft store? Be sure to conduct a thorough malware scan of your computer and website and stay tuned to your social media accounts for any malicious activity.

Has Your Website Suffered SEO Poisoning?

SEO poisoning is incredibly harmful to the long term ranking performance of your website. The longer you leave the problem, the worse it will get. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with the SEO and web security experts at WorkDash. We are always here to help.You can get in touch with our SEO professionals today by contacting us through our website here.

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