The Next Global Cyber Attack is Coming Soon

Another Global Cyber Attack is in the Works…

Miroslav Stampar, a Croatian tech security adviser for the country’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), believes another global cyber attack is coming soon.  To date, all that is known about this unnamed malware variant is, it uses seven different NSA exploits leaked by ShadowBrokers, and it functions in a two-part series.  The initial part of execution is to simply worm its way into endpoints.  To do so, it will use at least one of the following exploits:

  • EternalSynergy
  • EternalBlue
  • EternalRoman
  • EternalChampion
  • SMBTouch
  • Architouch
  • DoublePulsar

Once the malware has found its way onto a device, it sits idle to avoid detection.  At some point, malicious actions will be taken.  However, the time frame remains unknown.  Stampar believes the primary goal at this time is to spread the malware to as many devices as possible; then, when the time is right, execute the malicious activity.

Staying Protected

PC Matic encourages PC users, both home and business, to do the following to keep their data secure from growing cyber threats:

  • Implement a security solution that uses application whitelisting technology.  Application whitelisting a form of “default-deny”, meaning only trusted programs are allowed to execute.  No matter how many more malware variants are created, a solution that uses application whitelisting will not allow them to infect your computer.
  • Ensure your programs and operating systems are up-to-date.
  • Back up your data either with a cloud-based storage solution or an external device.  If you are using an external device, be sure to unplug it from your computer once the backup process is complete.
  • Take part in cyber security training.  Knowing which red flags to look for will help mitigate the risk of you being the next victim.  PC Matic subscribers are provided free cyber security training.  If you are a current consumer and haven’t used this service, learn how to do so here.

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7 thoughts on “The Next Global Cyber Attack is Coming Soon

  1. My android phone is suddenly incredibly sluggish.
    Does PCMatic provide phone security? What level
    smarts do you require? Mine is a Motorola G-3

    • PC Matic does offer phone security. It is only compatible with Android devices and Windows operating systems.

  2. Hi
    Are the 7 exploits mentioned above, access onto all Windows machines, Windows 10 machines or just the older and not updated machines?
    Martjam

  3. It seems that when I receive a PC Pitstop newsletter and try to open one of the topics, I get the following message;
    “Security Warning
    Do you want to view only the webpage content that was delivered securely”
    This webpage contains content that will not be delivered using a secure HTTPS connection, which could compromise the security of the webpage.”

    No matter whether I answer yes or no, I cannot open the page to read it. I had to log on using Firefox to send this message to you.
    Another thing: Attached to PC Pitstop newsletter are ads for Malware protection apps showing the “top ten” PC Matic is not even listed in the top ten. Why would you allow this?

    • Charles, I apologize for the first issue you relayed to us. That was a small bug that should be taken care of now. In reference to your second concern. Where are these ads displaying? Is it in the email itself or after clicking on a link in our newsletter? Thank you for your help!

      • @Devin Bergin:
        The ads are actually on the periphery of the article. Sometimes they occupy the center space if nothing else is coming innediately. They seemed harmless enough but they are a nuisance. However, they certainly did not promote PC Matic and I found that puzzling.

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