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Phishing and Covid-19: Why the world is getting hooked

3.9.2020 by Yasmin Duggal

In March, it was reported that phishing attacks had increased by 667% since the end of February, as Covid tightened its grip across the globe. The first Covid-related phishing scam actually surfaced as early as the end of January. Fast-forward to August, and HMRC reported it was investigating more than 10,000 coronavirus-related phishing attacks with cybercriminals exploiting the pandemic via SMS, social media and phone scams. So, what happened in-between and how has Covid –19 increased the scope of the phishing landscape?  The virus created a phishing hotbed  The health and economic crisis has cultivated the ideal breeding ground for major scamming opportunity. With the latest figures showing 7.5 million of us on furlough in June, and a further 500,000 individuals out of work or going unpaid by employers, cybercriminals have maximised on a wealth of vulnerable targets. The 2020…

What Is Your Biggest Cybersecurity Fear?

28.11.2018 by Jenn Granger

The number of reported cybercrimes has increased exponentially over the past year with 43% of businesses reporting a cyber-breach between 2017 and 2018. With so many cybersecurity incidents being covered in the media and causing havoc in businesses large and…

Phishing Threats: Where Does Your Business Stand?

12.6.2018 by Jenn Granger

Are you putting your business’ reputation on the line? Recent research found that three-quarters of information security leaders are not using essential email authentication measures. BusinessCloud reported the results given by data-driven cybersecurity platform Red Sift. The platform analysed primary…

10 Cyber Security Lessons of 2016 So Far

4.7.2016 by Jenn Granger

There are so many lessons we have already learnt from 2016: if you’re a celebrity you should probably start taking very good care of your health; now is not the time to buy Euros; any business, big or small, is a…

Phishing for Trouble

11.4.2016 by Jenn Granger

In the spirit of keeping up to date with vital security information, there’s a new ransomware/phishing nightmare team knocking about that you’re going to want to know about. It's extra sinister because it knows where you live; this makes it harder to…

The (ex)changing Face of Email

7.3.2016 by Jenn Granger

The creator of the email died this weekend and he’s left a pretty incredible legacy behind him. Nearly fifty years after the first email was sent, the landscape of electronic comms is looking very different, and businesses have to ensure…

School of Phish

11.1.2016 by Guest

As we noted in a previous post, the festive period sees a rise in cyber attacks. Unfortunately this week, one of these came in the form of a fraudulent ‘phishing’ email, posing as UKFast.  Al, the newest member of the…

Spamming the Spam King with Criminal Charges

26.8.2015 by Jenn Granger

If you thought that the cops - the fuzz, the po-po - weren’t quite keeping up with punishments for the new digital age then think again. The ‘Spam King’ – responsible for dropping spam on tens of millions of Facebook…

A Spiteful New Malware

6.5.2015 by Jenn Granger

A new malware has been found called Rombertik that not only wants to steal your information, but - if you try and take it down - it'll take you down with it. There are steps you can take to protect yourself…

Cloud-Based Scams Set To Soar

10.3.2015 by Jenn Granger

As with any emerging tech, as its popularity rises, so does the big red target on its back. Researchers at security firm Proofpoint say cloud-based services (not to be confused with cloud hosting!) are the next big arena in the…