According to security experts, a dangerous blackmailing virus has been attacking Montenegro's individuals and companies in recent months.
The malicious software allows a hacker to access an individual or company’s computer, block the screen and then demand some form of payment to unlocking it. The main target of the hackers are individuals inside enterprises and organizations, exacting them to pay 500 euros via Western Union or some other agency in order to regain access in their computer.
According to an article published by Dnevne Novine, one of the largest daily newspapers in Montenegro founded by Mr.Petros Stathis, several companies have been in this situation and their names are familiar to the editorial staff.
Dean of the Faculty for information technologies on University Mediteran, Dr. Adis Balota, is advising citizens about the threat, recommending them not to pay the ransom:
“This is a story that is two years old and it's always relevant when holidays come. It is a scam and even when the user pays the money, very few of them actually receive the code to unlock their hard disc. My recommendation to citizens is not to pay anything to anyone".
Absolute protection from hackers doesn't exist, nevertheless Mr Balota advises users to utilize the followin key steps to help protect against unauthorized computer access and potential losses.
“First rule is to have a licensed operative system in the computer, and second is to have a licensed anti virus program. You have to make sure not to open emails from unknown persons and accounts that you don't expect emails from, and especially not to open them if there are suspicious subjects of the mail or attachments which are particularly dangerous because that's how you can activate malware program".
Users are strongly advised not to send any kind of personal data to anyone by email, especially name, date of birth and data from bank cards and accounts. Moreover, they should ensure that operating systems, their security updates, and third party applications are always up‐to‐date.