How Cyber Forensics Can Identify A Hacked Computer

Unless you have been operating in a bunker somewhere completely apart from the radical advancements of digital technology we have seen over the past decades, you have likely encountered malware, malicious emails, or identity theft. You may have received a pop-up indicating a great deal on antiviral software only to find out that the ad itself is indicative of a virus on your computer.

For individuals, being hacked means having your finances and your livelihood compromised. For businesses, being hacked could mean that vital information gets leaked that could compromise the company. In both cases, these violations are too critical to be left alone.

 

S2 Consultant is a firm you can trust to help you secure your data. And with our cyber forensics services, we cannot only determine if you have been hacked but we may be able to help you identify who is trying to access your information. Here are three signs that may indicate that you have been hacked.

Abnormal Cursor Behavior

This is a popular option for hackers who want to steal your information. But be aware, often hardware issues, especially with wireless mouses, will cause erratic cursor behavior. You can identify these because the cursor may not respond or it may blink in and out of connectivity. You should suspect that you have been hacked when you cursor moves without your prompting, and it makes reasonable movements on your screen: clicking on icons, opening folders, etc.

Unfortunately, this strategy is often employed by hackers who wait for an idle period where they notice you show little or no activity, so it can be hard to spot in time. If you do notice that your cursor is behaving suspiciously, call S2 Consultant and we’ll put our cyber forensics to work.

Ransomware

Ransomware is easily identifiable because users will receive a message that their data has been locked down and the only way they may access it is by paying an unidentified entity. Sometimes these messages are fake, intended to scare you into paying, and this is called “scareware.” Rebooting your computer may get rid of the issue. If it does not, then you likely have a real ransomware problem. With the right cyber forensics on your side, you may be able to secure your information and find the culprit.

“Antivirus” Pop-ups

These are quite common, and yet, despite their often-tacky appearance, they still manage to fool unsuspecting users. Often these pop-ups indicate that your information has already been compromised, and clicking on them to “purchase” the software will only dig the hole deeper. While these alone do not indicate a “hack” per se, they do indicate that your system is not properly secured. If you notice this kind of thing on a computer connected to an office network, then the problem may be even worse. S2 Consultant can help. Alongside cyber forensics, we also offer secure IT solutions to protect your company’s crucial information.

Cyber Forensics from S2 Consultant

If you suspect that you have been the victim of a hack that has compromised information critical to your business or to your identity, then please schedule a free consultation with S2 Consultant. With the help of our cyber forensics expertise, we can help you secure your information and lessen the damage from a malicious digital attack. And if the attack has severely affected your business, consider our crisis management services as well. Call us today at 417-894-7080.