Microsoft recently took legal action against a group of cybercriminals suspected of spreading malicious software to millions of unsuspecting computer users.
These social media–savvy cybercriminals have not only spread the malware themselves, but they’ve also promoted their malicious tools across the Internet, offering step-by-step instructions to completely control millions of unsuspecting victims’ computers to conduct illicit crimes.
For more information on the legal action, see Microsoft takes on global cybercrime epidemic in tenth malware disruption.
To help protect yourself against cybercrime
- Keep your operating system and other software updated.
- Use antivirus software (and keep it updated).
- Don’t open suspicious email messages, links, or attachments.
Get more guidance at How to boost your malware defense and protect your PC.