Although the name “Red October” might remind you more of Sean Connery than your computer, that might soon change. A recently discovered virus called Red October has been sweeping across the world over the past few years.
And unlike most malware, the Red October virus is focused on stealing top-secret information from governments, energy industry companies, nuclear power plants, and even people like you.
Here are just a few of the reasons why Red October is so dangerous:
-It can monitor everything you do on your computer
-It can steal emails and browser history
-It can take screenshots of our computer screen
-It can steal information from your hard drive as well as any devices that are currently connected to your computer, like your phone, tablet, or a portable hard drive
-It will infect other computers on your local network, which means your entire household or business could become infected in seconds
Perhaps the scariest part about Red October is that it is specifically targeting government databases and major industries – including the nuclear industry. Red October has already attacked facilities around the world, although it’s unclear how much information (if any) was stolen.
But if nuclear technology becomes public domain, it would likely be a bad day for the world.
Despite its ambitious goals, Red October isn’t a bulletproof virus. It has its flaws, and it has even been criticized by PC security researchers as being primitive and “not advanced in any way.”
Still, Red October was able to exist for years while escaping detection. The creators of the virus clearly know what they’re doing. And that’s why computer users should do everything they can to stay protected.
Ready to keep your computer protected? Here are a few tips:
-Scan your computer using major antivirus software like Kaspersky to make sure you’re not already infected by Red October
-Avoid downloading email attachments from senders that you don’t recognize
-Avoid visiting suspicious-looking websites
-Don’t enter personal information into websites that don’t have “https” at the start of their URL
If you can follow those tips, you can significantly reduce your risk of being infected by the Red October virus. And hopefully for the world’s sake, the Red October virus was removed from government computers before it had a chance to steal nuclear secrets – or else we’re all in serious trouble.