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NCA sees GoZeus and Cryptolocker infections fall, but time is running out to protect systems


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The UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) has repeated its warnings about malware infections GoZeus and Cryptolocker, and reminded computer owners they have just days left to fix systems.

The NCA issued its advice about the Trojan software earlier in June saying that users had a two-week window in which the network would not be active, and during which they would be able to rid themselves of infection. While many have done so, thousands have not.

"Current indications are that UK GoZeuS and CryptoLocker infections have reduced since 2 June, but thousands of systems remain affected or at risk," it said in a new warning.

"By updating security software, running system scans to detect and clear infections, and checking that computer operating systems are up to date, individuals and businesses can take advantage of the criminal network's relative weakness," the NCA said in a new warning.

"The NCA strongly recommends taking these steps as soon as possible before midnight on Tuesday 17 June."

Andy Archibald, deputy director of the NCA's National Cyber Crime Unit, said that while security is always important the few remaining days left before it expects the threats to come back online should be used as soon as possible.

"This is about taking a few simple steps to keep your money and personal information in your hands, rather than those of international criminals," he said.

"While there is never a bad time to maximise your online security, and it is something we should all do regularly, acting now can provide unprecedented levels of protection from these types of malware. If you haven't already, we urge individuals and small businesses alike to take action."

The FBI has issued an arrest warrant for one Russian cyber mobster believed to be behind the attacks, as authorities look to clamp down on those running these cash-generating scams.

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