After security concerns with official Pokemon Go version, Pokemon Go virus comes up

Firstly, we must clear things out – Pokemon Go is NOT a virus. It’s a newly-presented game that relies on augmented reality and uses your geolocation to let you capture Charizard, Venusaur, and other Pokemon all around you. It seems that privacy concerns noticed in the first versions of this game have already been eliminated with updates and the only tip we could give you before making yourself a member of Pokemon Go community is checking permissions of the app before installing it on your device.

However, there is another thing that you must know before installing Pokemon Go. According to the latest reports, scammers have already started launching fake versions of this app that are infected with malware. The latest warning about Pokemon Go virus comes from Russia – one of users, after being tricked into downloading a pronounced Pokemon Go version, discovered a Cerber virus on his device. The virus locked it down and informed its victim that he has to pay a ransom in exchange for its locked files. Besides, there have been noticed several similarly-themed apps on App Store and Google Play Store, such as “Install Pokemongo” and “Guide & Cheats for Pokemon Go”. While they have already been removed from the stores, there is no doubt that similar fakes are coming our way.

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FBI warns organizations of a notorious SamSam ransomware

If FBI issues a warning about a specific virus, it means that it is rather a serious menace than a simple cyber threat. According to its latest report, schools, hospitals, and similar organizations should be especially careful with a data-encrypting virus called SamSam ransomware which has already attacked MedStar hospital in the US. In exchange for a decryption key, SamSam asked it to pay 45 Bitcoins or $18,500. Fortunately, MedStar has a backup, so its authorities didn’t have to pay a ransom, but this is not a typical scenario. Typically, victims either pay the money and wait for a decryption key (which sometimes fails to arrive!) or face the loss of their data.

It seems that SamSam ransomware doesn’t require users’ interaction when it tries to infiltrate the system. According to security experts, it targets servers thru JBoss vulnerability. For that, it uses a special tool called JexBoss, which is known as an open-source penetration testing tool. Unfortunately, but there is nothing much to do while trying to prevent SamSam. The most important thing to protect yourself is to backup your data.

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Cerber becomes another concern of eSolutions

Cerber virus showed up only several months ago. However, it appeared right after Locky ransomware, so it hasn’t received as much attention as we dedicated to the first threat. That’s a shame because it has turned out to be a serious threat to people’s files. According to the latest news, there is a multi-million spam campaign happening behind our back which is used to spread Cerber. Fortunately, these infected email messages are written in broken English, so you can spot them right after they show up in your inbox. Here is one of such messages that you should avoid:

Please find attached our invoice for services rendered and additional disbursements in the above-mentioned matter. Hoping the above to your satisfaction, we remain.

However, the example which is given below reveals that not each of spam messages is clearly fake. Please, be careful with spam.

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