Protect Your Devices Against Botnets

In 2020, we are seeing a rise in the botnet Necurs. What is a botnet? Imagine the damage one infected computer can cause - compromising your email account, gathering sensitive information such as usernames and passwords, granting control of your system to a hacker. Now consider a huge group of these devices working together, that's what a botnet can do. An attacker can remotely control all of the devices as a group to do things like sending spam messages, generating fake website traffic, distributing ads to everyone in the botnet or coercing payment from users in order to be removed from the botnet.

Necurs is known to use up to 6 million endpoints, delivering some of the worst banking Trojans and ransomware threats in batches of millions of emails at a time, and it keeps reinventing itself.

How does it happen?

Typically, this type of attack starts with a piece of malware that you are tricked into installing, such as:

  • Through an email attachment, any type of document, that when downloaded triggers the installation of the malware.
  • By clicking a link on an ad, such as a pop-up warning that your device has a virus, which will download and install the malware.
  • A software download from an untrusted source that turns out to be malware

How can you protect yourself?

Botnets can be very difficult to detect without the use of antivirus software. Very often the attacker will simply use your device for small, seemingly regular tasks. This type of activity barely registers but when millions of computers carry out the same task simultaneously, the effect can be catastrophic.

Although botnet attacks can be extremely complex, keeping your computer or device from becoming part of a botnet is fairly simple. Here are some tips to keep you safe:

  • Ensure you have a reputable antivirus program installed on your computer and run regular virus scans.
  • Never download attachments from email senders you don’t know. In fact, be very careful about opening emails from unknown senders.
  • If you receive an unexpected attachment from a known sender, be wary as well. Their computers could be infected, and the email unknowingly sent through the malware.
  • Routinely update your software and operating system patches to protect against the daily creation of viruses and vulnerabilities.
  • Avoid untrustworthy websites and ads. Be extremely cautious about downloading any software from websites you do not recognize.

Overall, the best protection is safe browsing and download behaviours and the installation of reputable anti-virus software. Keep it up-to-date and run regular health checks on your machine. Your anti-virus software should easily remove or block the botnet malware from your computer and prevent any future infections.

Education Credit Union to join with WFCU Credit Union

Education Credit Union (ECU) and WFCU Credit Union (WFCU) are excited to announce their intent to join for the benefit of the members and employees of both credit unions; and to further strengthen their financial and cooperative positions within their respective markets. The two credit unions have signed a Letter of Intent that will see ECU become part of WFCU in 2020.

View the official press release here.

Education Credit Union Supports Nutrition for Learning

Education Credit Union in conjunction with Concentra Bank has donated $20,000 to support the Nutrition for Learning Pop Up Snack program to feed local school children and their families with snacks and food bags during this COVID 19 crisis.

"We are happy to support the growing demand in our community for this much needed nutritional support for our local students that would normally be relying on Student Nutrition Programs when schools were open. " states Gary Renouf - President and CEO of Education Credit Union. 

Each morning starting at time and location to be posted on the Nutrition for Learning website and social media channels, Nutrition for Learning vehicles are providing free nutritious snacks and food bags. The number of students and families accessing this program has grown substantially over the last few weeks and are now distributing over 500 bags of healthy food items to the community in need daily. 

"The support of Education Credit Union and Concentra Bank will allow us the much needed funds to purchase and deliver our programs to our school community and we are very grateful for this generous donation " Mary D'Alton - Director of Strategic Initiatives and Operations  -  Nutrition for Learning

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