Alerts & Notices

Cyber Awareness:


Malware affecting Microsoft Windows

New Malware code named Dridex is a bank credential-stealing malware. It's purpose is to infect computers and obtain user id's and passwords to enable withdrawals from victim's accounts. This is also known as a Banking Trojan. You can be affected by Dridex through phishing email messages. Be careful, these emails seem legitimate and entice you to click on a link which leads to a malicious file. Once your computer is infected with Dridex your information is vulnerable.

Here are some ways to take action against Dridex:

  • Use and maintain anti-virus software
  • Change your passwords frequently
  • Keep your system up to date
  • Always be cautious when opening e-mails from an unknown sender


Android Vulnerabilities

A new series of Android vulnerabilities cause concern for users with versions 1.0 of the OS to the latest 5.1.1. Over 1 billion devices have been affected, and can allow an attacker to trick you into visiting malicious web sites. This is known as Stagefright 2.0, and as of October 5th, Google said that they will be working on a fix and a new monthly Android security update.

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  • As always be aware of open wireless connections and make sure you are connected through a secure connection, this can prevent attackers from intercepting an internet connection.

Below are some consumer tips when using government services or contacting agencies online:

  • Use search engines or other websites to research the advertised services or person/company you plan to deal with.
  • Search the Internet for any negative feedback or reviews on the government services company, their Web site, their e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, or other searchable identifiers.
  • Research the company policies before completing a transaction.
  • Be cautious when surfing the Internet or responding to advertisements and special offers.
  • Be cautious when dealing with persons/companies from outside the country.
  • Maintain records for all online transactions.

As a consumer, if you suspect you are a victim of an Internet-related crime, you may file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at

Visit Colonial Federal's Privacy & Security page for security tips and your responsibilities.