Police warn over cyber threat bugs; 600 computers at risk.
Byline: DAVE ROBSON email@example.com @Daverobson_gaz
MORE than 1,400 computers on Teesside have been infected by a "Trojan horse" bug, cyber cops believe.
And specialists from Cleveland Police have now revealed the parts of Teesside thought to be most badly hit.
Trojan malware takes its name from the classical story of the Trojan horse, and initially appears to be something legitimate but will, in fact, do something malicious.
Some have stolen, data corrupted, strokes PC Ian After a highly-sensitive operation to locate where Trojan horse malware exists, Cleveland Police say the areas most affected on Teesside are: |Linthorpe in Middlesbrough, with 600 potential at-risk computers. | Central Billingham, with 400. | Saltburn, with 130.
| Hart ward in Hartlepool, with 70.
Police believe some computers could have been infected for years.
They are urging computer users to ensure their systems are protected by legitimate and well-known anti-virus software, and that passwords are then changed.
Officers are hosting an online web chat for anyone who wants to ask questions about Trojan malware or other viruses tomorrow from 6pm to 8pm. The web chat is part of a week long campaign to raise awareness of cyber security.
PC Ian Turnbull, from the Cleveland Police Cyber Crime Team, said: "We believe over 1,400 computers are infected throughout Cleveland and, while we can't specifically pinpoint the exact location by household, by raising overall awareness of Trojan horses we hope to reduce the figure dramatically.
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Turnbull "Some people are lucky and have a Trojan horse on their computer which hasn't been accessed by criminals, but others are not so lucky and have bank details stolen, software and data corrupted, and key strokes logged for passwords.
"I would urge people to use strong passwords, to install anti-virus software and keep all software up to date. It's definitely worth the effort and expense to invest in anti-virus software because the cost of not being protected, both in terms of financial loss and emotional impact, could be huge."
To join the web chat, visit cleveland. police.uk/get-involved/communityclick.aspx or the Facebook and Twitter pages for Cleveland Police.
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