In a week when news sources announced that banks in the U.S. and Canada have lost $4 million due to malware attacks, it makes sense to pay attention to calls for tighter security on your system.
The latest of these notices is that Homeland Security advises uninstalling Quicktime for Windows, an older program that Apple is no longer supporting and has been recommending for some time that users should uninstall.
“Exploitation of QuickTime for Windows vulnerabilities could allow remote attackers to take control of affected systems,” says the statement from Homeland Security, according to a recent article in Digital Trends entitled “Even Homeland Security thinks you should uninstall QuickTime for Windows.”
The article reported that “Apple no longer supports QuickTime on Windows, a video player that came bundled with iTunes for Windows until 2011. The software remains on many PCs, however, largely as a legacy of previous bundling: users would install iTunes to manage their iPhone or iPod, and end up with QuickTime installed as well. A security update for the video player was offered three months ago, but Trend Micro says that’s no longer available.”
Ransomware and malware attacks have increased significantly over the last few months, with the Locky virus being just one, although the most well known currently. Over 430 million new malware variants were discovered last year.
A recent report by Symantec said that ransomware is up by 35 percent, and that organized criminals are using best practices much like nation-state attackers. The report found that there were nine “mega breaches” and half a billion stolen personal records in 2015.
Be safe: Check your systems to insure you don’t have an old copy of Quicktime for Windows hiding somewhere. Also, check our recent blog post, Locky Virus and Other Ransomware: 10 Ways to Protect Your Company” for additional security steps you can and should take.