IT company rallies firms in fight against Zeus

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A Preston IT company has warned Lancashire businesses to update their virus protection after an international virus alert prompted over 100 calls from concerned computer users to their helpline on one day.

At one stage, String Systems on Leeward Road on the docks in Preston were averaging one call every 30 seconds from local businesses concerned about the threat from the Gameover Zeus virus.

The virus, revealed in an alert from the UK’s National Crime Agency, downloads malicious software via email attachments before searching Windows computers for files that look like they may contain financial or other sensitive information.

And once it finds them, it steals them.

Steve Pickering for String Systems said.“We’ve been in business over 15 years and seen most viruses and malware.

“But the reaction to this one has surpassed anything we’ve seen before. Business owners are justifiably concerned.

“Fortunately, there are simple steps we can all take to ensure we remain safe and protect our sensitive digital information.”

String Systems has authored a virus protection check list and advice sheet revealing the simple steps that can be taken to protect digital file assets from viruses like Gameover Zeus.

The advice sheet is free to any Lancashire business contacting String Systems on 01772 736700.