Q: What the heck are you talking about?
A: Recently there have been links posted in the TV chat and as comments on published charts which will take you to a website that automatically runs a flash element. This instant and automatic install pretends to be useful trading software, but it is absolutely malicious. It works to provide the attackers access to as many of your unprotected accounts as it can, particularly email and trade accounts. The attacker will change your account passwords locking you out and looting anything of value you might have.
Q: How do you know this?
A: I have been witness (first hand) while in the chat to people reporting the exact end results listed above, and watched them freak out while looters locked them out. I have also recently been the target of such an attack. The link was posted to my most recent published chart multiple times, in a very real-time and conversational way. The link was also posted to another TV member's chart who later investigated it.
Q: What to do then? Just not click on anything?
A: DO NOT CLICK ON LINKS FROM UNKNOWN/UNTRUSTED SOURCES!!
Take two seconds to look at the user's profile and publication history. Is the account well established, or is it 30 mins old? Have they EVER published anything? Do you recognize the user name? USE SOME COMMON SENSE!
~ Enable Two Factor Authentication (2fa) on ALL your accounts- especially your email and Trade accounts!!
~ Use a different strong password for every account and for god's sake use LastPass or something like it.
~ In your browser settings, disable flash from running automatically.
~ Use FireFox and install the NoScript plugin.
~ Lastly, Go to www. grc .com, under "Services" click on SheildsUp and find out if you're vulnerable. It's an Internet security vulnerability profiling service offered for free by Steve Gibson one of the leading information security experts of our time. He coined the term "Malware".
DO THESE THINGS!! You work too hard to lose it all to a looting parasite because of complacency.
PS. If you are interested in researching the malware referred to above, please feel free to message me, and I'll PM you the link. Anyone who re-posts the link in the chat or on a published chart will risk being permanently banned by the mods.