There is a frightening new wave of malware attacks originating from what looks like an update for Adobe Flash. The fake Adobe Flash update borrows genuine pop-up notifications from the official Adobe installer and as such is very convincing.
The damage to victims who have been caught out is not too serious, this particular malware just borrows your computing power to help mine a digital currency, Monero. The effect on your computer will be a slight decrease in speed. However, obviously it is best to avoid any malware on your computer so please take the following precautions. In 2017/2018, the Crime Survey for England and Wales estimates there were over 1 million cases of computer misuse.
NEVER CLICK ON AN UNSOLICITED POP-UP WINDOW OR REQUEST TO UPDATE YOUR ADOBE FLASH PLAYER SOFTWARE WHICH MENTIONS UNKNOWN PUBLISHER (THE REAL ADOBE IS KNOWN TO YOUR COMPUTER)
Tips and Advice
- Unsolicited pop-Up? –. If you do receive a pop-up do not enter any personal or financial details.
- Don’t call – do not call the telephone number in a pop-up window or email that you receive (these may appear genuine) you could be calling a fraudster instead of Adobe.
- Go direct – If you need to update your Adobe Flash Player, go directly to the website or locate previous communication (email or letter) to get further assistance.
- Remote control – Don’t give anyone remote access to your computer to fix or update software on your computer unless, you initiated this contact.
- Stay UpToDate – ensure that your anti-virus software is updated and that your computer’s operating system is updated too.
Reassura is dedicated to helping raise awareness of scams and fraud along with the impact they have on their victims. Reassura’s team of specialist anti-fraud advisors are here to help members make better decisions and avoid falling victim to scams and fraud.
For further information or for advice and assistance regarding any potential scam, call Reassura on 0800 888 6400