Did you know your bank account is likely vulnerable to an internet phone virus? I didn’t either until
the DDoS attack last week.
I’m writing this blog post to let you know there may be a security breach in your phone that may allow undesirables into your bank account!
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Last Friday seemed like a normal morning. I opened my laptop and tried to connect to Twitter and find the latest news like I usually do. Twitter is often up-to-the-minute news and quite often very entertaining.
My computer had wasn’t connecting to Twitter and kept saying it “couldn’t find the server”.
I called a friend and she had the same trouble connecting to Twitter and received the same message.
Checking Facebook, there was no news trending over there in the news feed or under #Twitter.
Google had the details about it and what a DDoS attack is.
I turned on the TV and checked a few channels, but there was nothing about the attack, as if it was blacked out – maybe to keep everyone calm?
It scared the heck out of me because I knew if a few sites were attacked, the whole internet could possibly go down…
I checked my bank, it was still working online.
I could only imagine how upset some Paypal customers were, my friend being one of them. She went apoplectic.
The cyberattack of October 21, 2016 was notable for many reasons.
You can skip past this to point #3 if you don’t care to know about the technical stuff.
1. “It attacked the DDoS or a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is an attempt to make an online service unavailable by overwhelming it with traffic from multiple sources. They target a wide variety of important resources, from banks to news websites, and present a major challenge to making sure people can publish and access important information.” -DigitalAttackMap.com
They go on to say: “Attackers build networks of infected computers, known as ‘botnets’, by spreading malicious software through emails, websites and social media. Once infected, these machines can be controlled remotely, without their owners’ knowledge, and used like an army to launch an attack against any target. Some botnets are millions of machines strong.”
“Botnets can generate huge floods of traffic to overwhelm a target. These floods can be generated in multiple ways, such as sending more connection requests than a server can handle, or having computers send the victim huge amounts of random data to use up the target’s bandwidth. Some attacks are so big they can max out a country’s international cable capacity.”
2. It effected many large websites such as Twitter, Paypal, Amazon, Reddit and Pinterest among others and cost businesses over $100 million in lost revenues. This is important because we take for granted our ability to read news, shop, communicate and bank online. While the waves of attacks kept these websites down, I realized how difficult it would be to communicate if we had a full-on attack or Electro-Magnetic Pulse that would take down the grid, which actually got me thinking of communication devices that would work if it all went down. The one that kept coming up was a ham radio. This is one of the only things that will work in case of emergency. Ham radios require a short education to use and the passing of a quick test, but otherwise seem easy to operate.
3. Research about what kind of hacking could occur next led me to find out that we have vulnerabilities in our apps on our phone.
Just to give you a short summary of the article, it mentions that apps on our phone, even the blackjack app, may have malware that can cause a phone virus.
The conclusion is that we need to add an anti-virus app to our phones to protect them. That’s why I added the free McAfee anti-virus app to my phone. It backs up contacts, photos, etc. and allows you to locate your phone if lost, all while protecting your information.
It’s CaptureCam emails you the photo and location of anyone who tries too many times to unlock your vault with the wrong PIN.
So you can see from the article your phone is vulnerable to your bank account app being compromised. Downloading a security app is a good defensive move to take and I hope you do it right away.
It might just protect you from getting hacked from your banking app on your phone.
(P.S. I received no compensation from McAfee for this recommendation. It is a free app that provides security for you).