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Recently, businesses have been receiving fraudulent merchandise orders through their online stores from international buyers, fraudulent wire requests, and fraudulent cashier checks which are accompanied by a request to issue a credit via guaranteed funds to the buyer once these fraudulent checks are deposited. As in all cases, please know your client/vendor before giving out sensitive financial information like account and routing numbers for financial transactions. 

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MutualBank continually strives to improve information security awareness and to share information in order to keep its business clients protected, as much as possible, against online fraud.  
 
Recently, we have learned about vulnerabilities found in home and small business routers. A router is typically the device in your house that provides you with access to the internet. This would not have been provided to you by MutualBank. They are often provided to you by your internet service provider when you purchase internet access. It appears the vulnerability includes a "back door" that an attacker on the internet can exploit to gain access to your home network. Because your security is important to us, we want to make you aware of this possible vulnerability.

The wireless router device list is to be a reference to help see if there are possible vulnerabilities with the device you are using. The devices listed in section number one are probably the most dangerous. If an exploit is listening on the internet, it means it's open for internet users to attempt to exploit it remotely. Section two lists devices with confirmed local backdoors. This means the router is exploitable, but only from users on your local network (plugged into your network or within proximity of your wireless signal). 

We recommend checking your home router to see if you have a vulnerable model. If you find a match, here's what you can do:

  1. Call the manufacturer or your internet service provider (if they provided you with the router). Ask how they might be able to remediate the issue. This can potentially be fixed with a firmware update.
  2. Read the articles below and research for yourself if you are comfortable waiting for a fix or if you feel you need to buy a new router. This exploit is very new and it is likely more articles will be written with more details as they emerge. (Consider working with your internal network or IT support partners on other risk mitigation options.)
  3. Buy a new router that is not on this list.

Article One: Gaping admin access holes found in SoHo routers from Linksys, Netgear and others

Article Two: Possible link discovered that ties together Wi-Fi routers with backdoors

Article Three: Netgear Linksys and many other Wireless Routers have a backdoor

Again, our desire is to help protect you and your information. If you have questions,
please contact your MutualBanker or a representative from our
Business Services Department at 800-382-8031.

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Personal Banking Security Measures for the 21st Century

clientuploads/21st-Century-Securitysquare180.pngMany of us are constantly connected to the online world these days. This means that the potential is there for our computers and personal information to be compromised which greatly increases the risk of ID theft and financial fraud to occur. However, by taking some basic precautions you can significantly reduce the risk of your computing environment being compromised. Following these simple guidelines should help your computing environment become more secure:

Keep your computer and software up-to-date

Keep your computers and network equipment secured with the latest software updates and enable automatic updates whenever possible.  This includes updates to third party applications such as Java and Adobe Products.  

Use hard drive encryption

In the event your machine is lost or stolen, drive encryption can prevent others from accessing the data on your hard drive.  The purpose is to encrypt or scramble your data on your machine so that it can only be read with your encryption key.Many operating systems offer drive encryption.  Microsoft offers Bitlocker and Apple has FileVault. There are also other third party encryption offerings.   

Enable your firewall

Think of the firewall to your computer as the fence around your property.  If there were multiple holes cut in the fence, it wouldn’t be very useful at keeping people out.  Firewalls are typically enabled by default on Windows machines, but double check to make sure it’s on.  Here are instructions to do so if you are using Windows 7. Only allow necessary applications inbound access through your firewall. The same principles apply to your network firewall. 

Configure your screensaver

Set an auto-locking screensaver so your account gets locked out after a few minutes.  This is useful if you forget to lock your machine when are away from it. On Windows machines this can usually be done by pressing the “Windows Key” and the “L” button simultaneously.

Make your passwords stronger

The longer and more complex the password, the better.  At least 16 characters with a combination of upper and lowecase letters, numbers, and special characters is a best practice.

Configure your router

Use the strongest wireless security available (currently WPA2-CCMP) with a long and complex password for your wireless network. Disable WPS on your wireless router for greater security.   

 


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If you suspect that your personal financial information has been compromised, call MutualBank Customer Support at 800-382-8031.


 

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Recently, businesses have been receiving fraudulent merchandise orders through their online stores from international buyers, fraudulent wire requests, and fraudulent cashier checks which are accompanied by a request to issue a credit via guaranteed funds to the buyer once these fraudulent checks are deposited. As in all cases, please know your client/vendor before giving out sensitive financial information like account and routing numbers for financial transactions. 

Security Update

MutualBank continually strives to improve information security awareness and to share information in order to keep its business clients protected, as much as possible, against online fraud.  
 
Recently, we have learned about vulnerabilities found in home and small business routers. A router is typically the device in your house that provides you with access to the internet. This would not have been provided to you by MutualBank. They are often provided to you by your internet service provider when you purchase internet access. It appears the vulnerability includes a "back door" that an attacker on the internet can exploit to gain access to your home network. Because your security is important to us, we want to make you aware of this possible vulnerability.

The wireless router device list is to be a reference to help see if there are possible vulnerabilities with the device you are using. The devices listed in section number one are probably the most dangerous. If an exploit is listening on the internet, it means it's open for internet users to attempt to exploit it remotely. Section two lists devices with confirmed local backdoors. This means the router is exploitable, but only from users on your local network (plugged into your network or within proximity of your wireless signal). 

We recommend checking your home router to see if you have a vulnerable model. If you find a match, here's what you can do:

  1. Call the manufacturer or your internet service provider (if they provided you with the router). Ask how they might be able to remediate the issue. This can potentially be fixed with a firmware update.
  2. Read the articles below and research for yourself if you are comfortable waiting for a fix or if you feel you need to buy a new router. This exploit is very new and it is likely more articles will be written with more details as they emerge. (Consider working with your internal network or IT support partners on other risk mitigation options.)
  3. Buy a new router that is not on this list.

Article One: Gaping admin access holes found in SoHo routers from Linksys, Netgear and others

Article Two: Possible link discovered that ties together Wi-Fi routers with backdoors

Article Three: Netgear Linksys and many other Wireless Routers have a backdoor

Again, our desire is to help protect you and your information. If you have questions,
please contact your MutualBanker or a representative from our
Business Services Department at 800-382-8031.

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