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Cyber Crime on the rise

With businesses and consumers alike relying on technology, it probably won’t come as a surprise that Cyber crime in all it’s forms is on the rise.

We are hearing more and more of private individuals and businesses falling for phishing scams or CEO fraud, which has left them massively out of pocket. If your business lost £100,000 how badly would this impact your operation?


EDUCATE YOURSELF & STAFF

We care about matters like this. If you think “they only go after big businesses” think again. In the past month alone we have heard from local businesses who have lost substantial amounts of money because they didn’t act quickly or know what to do. We have teamed up with TITAN aka the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit to help spread awareness and provide support.

Useful links

Keep up to date with news at
http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/news

TITAN North West Organised Crime Website
http://www.titanrocu.org.uk/home/cyber.aspx

Cyber Aware Website
https://www.cyberaware.gov.uk

Cyber Essentials
https://www.cyberaware.gov.uk/cyberessentials/

HM Network can provide help and support for InfoSec and GDPR compliance with our network of specialists. Please call us on 03333 444 190 for a chat or email us on info@hm-network.com for more information.

UPDATE:

LATEST STATEMENT ON INTERNATIONAL RANSOMWARE CYBER ATTACK

from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC):
https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/news/latest-statement-international-ransomware-cyber-attack-0

Key Protect messages for businesses:
Install system and application updates on all devices as soon as they become available.
Install anti-virus software on all devices and keep it updated.
Create regular backups of your important files to a device that isn’t left connected to your network as any malware infection could spread to that too.

Key Protect advice for individuals:
Install system and application updates on all devices as soon as they become available.
Install anti-virus software on all devices and keep it updated.
Create regular backups of your important files to a device (such as an external hard drive or memory stick) that isn’t left connected to your computer as any malware infection could spread to that too.
Only install apps from official app stores, such as Google’s Play Store, or Apple’s App Store as they offer better levels of protection than some 3rd party stores. Jailbreaking, rooting, or disabling any of the default security features of your device will make it more susceptible to malware infections.

Phishing / Smishing

Fraudsters may exploit this high profile incident and use it as part of phishing/smishing campaigns. We urge people to be cautious if they receive any unsolicited communications from the NHS. The protect advice for that is the following:
An email address can be spoofed. Don’t open attachments or click on the links within any unsolicited emails you receive, and never respond to emails that ask for your personal or financial details.
The sender’s name and number in a text message can be spoofed, so even if the message appears to be from an organisation you know of, you should still exercise caution, particularly if the texts are asking you to click on a link or call a number
Don’t disclose your personal or financial details during a cold call, and remember that the police and banks will never ring you and ask you to verify your PIN, withdraw your cash, or transfer your money to another “safe” account.

If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, please report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or online at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/