According to Internet security firm NetWitness, a new botnet has hit more than 75,000 computers in 2,500 organizations around the world. If your computer is infected with the Zeus Trojan, then welcome to the Kneber botnet. You are part of a massive network of computers being controlled by hackers.

So how do you know if you are a part of Kneber? In most cases, you don’t. If you are a lucky computer user who has the INVISUS service, you can rest a bit easier than most. With the professional grade security software and UNLIMITED support from your team of technicians, you have a better chance of warding off these infections.

So what is a botnet? It is a group of computers that are being controlled by hackers to perform various activities for them. Botnets can be used to send targeted attacks to bring networks to their knees, steal information, and a host of other illegal operations.

Even more frightening to the user is that the hacker has full control of your computer and is stealing everything on your computer including everything you type on your keyboard.

In this particular case, the Kneber botnet is being used to steal data from financial institutions, government sites, social networks, and just about everything in between. So far, a reported 68,000 corporate logins, 2000 SSL certificates, and a host of usernames and passwords from online banking sites and social networking sites have been stolen.

Whole identities are being stolen including dates of birth, addresses, social security numbers, and other sensitive information.

I don’t want to leave you in a state of panic, so let’s talk about what can be done about this. First and foremost, PATCH YOUR MACHINE. Security software can do little to prevent infection if you have holes all over your operating system and installed programs. Make sure you have Automatic Updates turned on and verify that you are getting the updates installed.

As companies find these holes in their programs, they releases fixes for them. So make sure you update or install the latest versions of the programs you have installed on your computer. Adobe Flash, Reader and Acrobat were big culprits in allowing computers to be infected.

Finally, be sure to update your INVISUS security software regularly. By default your Anti-Malware program is set to update every 2 hours automatically. Also, make sure the software is being run either automatically or manually by you on a daily basis.

The Internet can be a scary place, but with the right security services from INVISUS you don’t have to fear it.

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