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“Today, 680,000 people joined the Internet. Today, 125,000 new viruses will have been discovered. Today, 9500 websites will have been infected and are already infecting their visitors; 80% of those sites owned by SME’s. Just having an antivirus these days simply isn't enough; education, diligence and vigilance are absolutely key.”

Lindsey Hall, MD of EasylifeIT for FSB Lincolnshire AGB

Urgent security advisory - Ransomware hits the NHS and threatens us all right now

Lindsey Hall - Managing Director of EasylifeIT™Right now, the NHS is suffering a massive Cyber Attack which is taking systems down around the country. As well as being a personal concern for many, this comes after what seems like a massive increase of these threats this past week. The NHS attack looks to be a ransom ware infection at this time

Could I please ask you to make all your teams aware of this current increased threat level. Having worked within the NHS for many years I can tell you they do take their security very seriously indeed, and this will likely prove to be the result of emails opened containing infected attachments or links. User awareness is very important at all times, but especially so right now.

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Security advisory: Google Chrome uses targeted by "Font wasnt found" scam

Please be aware that a new infection technique is doing the rounds; targeting Google Chrome users. The “font wasn’t found” message that appears if you land on certain websites encourages the user to download the "missing" font. Do not download and install .. it’s a trap!

Hackers are targeting genuine but poorly maintained or secured websites, changing the code, and simply visiting an infected site can cause this prompt to appear  This infection method has been reported to install ransomware Trojans.

Please make your staff aware of this threat.

 

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Security advisory: US and Canadian governments issue cyber alert for ransom-ware

Every week seems to bring news of high profile cases of new ransom-ware attacks. Its nasty stuff; nasty enough that the US and Canadian authorities yesterday issued a rare joint cyber alert warning about the upsurge in attacks.

The plague doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon. Enabling the ransom-ware plague is the fact that many businesses and individuals seem to be casual in their habits and unaware of the risks; sometimes over reliant on technical measures to provide safety.

I may be labouring the point (and please forgive me for this), but the advice remains the same:

 

  • Ensure your antivirus is running. Be alert for warnings. Don't cancel scans just because it is inconvenient or slowing you down
  • If Windows is prompting to restart to apply updates; don't delay
  • If you suspect something odd is happening; report it
  • Be VERY wary of email attachments, links in emails, websites you don't know and software offered for free
  • Educate your team on the risks; any system is only as strong as its weakest link
  • If you havent got regular backups; get some. In the event of a ransomeware attack this may be your only route out of trouble

 

For those who haven't already downloaded it, we have a free information sheet for staff available for download here (irony alert ... but I can assure you it is safe)

 

Lindsey Hall

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Lincolnshire Council shut down for "several days" by ransomware

One of our more technically aware customers, Alison Turnock of David Turnock Architects, alerted us to a story yesterday relating to ransomware and Lincolnshire Council; whose system was shut down for “several days” as a result of a single employee opening an infected email. While the impact may be shocking for many, this is an all too familiar story for those of us involved in IT security. If even Lincolnshire Council, no doubt with a permanent team of IT staff and barriers that far exceed anything most SME’s can justify can be bitten; it goes to prove that the staff education and training is an essential supplement to any technical measures that can be put in place.

To assist you in this education, EasylifeIT™ has produced an A4 Cybersecurity – Tips for your end users, which is available from our website here: http://www.easylifeit.com/images/pdf/PrintandProtectIT.pdf

Click here for more information on the Lincolnshire story: http://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/ransomware-shuts-down-lincolnshire/

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