Avoid Stegano – Just Don’t Click
Think twice before you click on any adverts while browsing your favourite websites. The latest malicious software has been found embedded in banner adverts on high profile news and information sites.
Stegano – the Exploit Kit That Takes over Your System
Traditional viruses have been known to exploit local systems, infiltrate files and even corrupt hard drives. Stegano takes cybercrime one step further by distributing a malicious software exploit kit called DNSChanger in your computer. This infamous code kit made its first appearance back in 2012, infecting millions of computers.
How DNSChanger Works to Cause Mayhem
As hinted by its name, once it has infiltrated your computer this vicious exploit kit works by changing DNS server entries and pointing them at servers that are controlled by the cyber attackers. In other words, once your computer is infected, you may think you’re going to your daily news site, or social media website, but in actuality, you’re being redirected to a fake site where your personal information may be compromised.
It Gets Worse…
The combination of Stegano and DNSChanger also enables attackers to gain control over your unsecured routers. So far we know of more than 166 models that are vulnerable to the attacks. Makes that have been affected include: D-Link, NetGear, COMTREND ADSL Router and Pirelli. Once the virus is in your router, all devices connected to it – tablets, phones, gaming consoles, etc. – are in danger. Though the scope of the damage caused by the Segano-DNSChanger combo is yet to be uncovered, previous attacks have been known to infect over a million devices per day.
How to Protect Yourself Against Attacks
First of all – do not click on ads and banners, no matter how legitimate they seem, no matter how trustworthy the site hosting them is, just don’t. Next – make sure that your router software is up to date and ensure that your router password is strong enough to withstand a brute force attack. You could also try disabling your remote admin settings and updating or changing your local IP address to help combat any malicious software gaining entry to your system.