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Security Update:American Dental Association Inadvertently Mailed Malware-laced USB Drives

Status Type

Security Update

Date and Time

Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 14:26

Reason

Security Alert

Impact

Recipient's of ADA's USB Thumb Drive

 

WHAT HAPPENED?
The American Dental Association (ADA) says it may have inadvertently mailed malware-laced USB thumb drives to thousands of dental offices nationwide. The USB thumb drives contained updated “dental procedure codes” and the 2016 CDT Manual.

For additional information visit Dental Assn Mails Malware to Members at http://krebsonsecurity.com/2016/04/dental-assn-mails-malware-to-members/.


WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?
The code inside one of the files on the flash drive tries to open a Web page that has long been tied to malware distribution which is used by cyber criminals to infect visitors with malware to gain full control of the infected Windows computer.


HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF?

  1. Do not plug in the USB drive.
  2. Use and maintain anti-virus software and a firewall.

Protect yourself against viruses and Trojan horses that may steal or modify the data on your own computer and leave you vulnerable. Make sure to keep your virus definitions up to date.
 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
The ADA made a PDF version of the CDT manual available to its members through their website:

  1. Go to https://ebusiness.ada.org/login/login.aspx
  2. Log in with your ADA.org user ID and password
  3. After you log in you will automatically be directed to a page showing CDT 2016 Digital Edition.
  4. Click on the “Download” button to save the file to your computer for use.

If you have difficulty accessing or downloading the file, please call 1.800.947.4746 and a Member Service Advisor will be happy to assist you.

 

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