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Dangerous 'Gameover' malware is back

Dangerous 'Gameover' malware is back
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Remember Gameover Zeus? This dangerous virus is back, and Sophos security experts are claiming that the latest iteration of the dangerous botnet is actually a step backwards.

A botnet, to refresh your memory, is a group of computers that hackers have quietly taken over. The hackers take control with a virus, and then use the combined power of the computers to perform large-scale hacks or scams.

If you want to look at it through the lens of a heist movie, a botnet would be the inside man. Hackers use botnets for fraudulent email spam and to boost the search results of malware-infected links.

The most notable usage for the Gameover botnet would probably be the Cryptolocker scam - click here to learn why it's one of the worst things you can get.

Sophos caught on to the origins of the latest botnet based on encryption similarities between the two programs.

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