Posts by Nigel Howle

Screen-sharing scams on the rise, watchdog warns

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is warning people to beware of people posing as investment advisers and offering to help them set up new schemes via online meeting platforms. According to a BBC news report, scammers ask their victim to share the screen and enable remote access – which hands over control of their device and, potentially their bank account. About 2,100 cases have been reported to the FCA since July 2020 and more than £25m was stolen in the 15 months from January 2021. The FCA said the number of screen-sharing scams it had seen had risen 86% to
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Funky Pigeon suspends orders after being hit by a cyber attack

WH Smith has suspended orders from its online greetings cards business Funky Pigeon after the site was the victim of a cyber attack last week. But the stationery and books retailer said no customer payment data, such as bank account or credit card details, have been hacked. A red warning at the top of the website on Tuesday, 19 April read “Oops! We’re experiencing some issues and we can’t accept new orders at the moment. Please try again later”. The issues were reported widely in UK news outlets. Many said external IT consultants had been called in to advise the
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The Works forced to shut some shops after cyber-attack

The Works has been forced to shut shops temporarily and suspend new stock deliveries after a cyber-attack. The retailer said five of its 526 shops have been closed since last week after hackers gained access to its computer systems and caused issues with its tills. Customers are experiencing longer delivery times for online orders as a result. It is important to say that no shoppers’ payment details had been compromised. The issue has been described as a ransomware attack. The UK National Cyber Security Centre states ” ransomware is a type of malware that prevents you from accessing your computer
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UK companies urged to review cyber security levels following Russian invasion of Ukraine

The Russian invasion of Ukraine must, of course, be condemned. Our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine, an independent country. But here in the UK, we must be alert to the cyber security implications. As the invasion continues, it is extremely likely that Russia will step up cyber-attacks on countries who support Ukraine. The UK is on high alert and companies must ensure their security is sound. You must ensure that security and firewalls are correctly configured and that all security up-dates are activated. If you need support with this, please contact or help desk, support@ukbusiness.it Jeremy Fleming, the
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Microsoft warn all users to implement multifactor authentication (MFA) as phishing attacks evolve

Microsoft has reported a large-scale, multi-phase campaign that adds a novel technique to traditional phishing tactics. Rogue operators attach an attacker-operated device to an organisation’s network to further propagate the campaign. Microsoft say this second stage of the campaign is successful against victims that did not implement multifactor authentication (MFA), an essential pillar of identity security. Without additional protective measures such as MFA, the attack takes advantage of the concept of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) via the ability to register a device using freshly stolen credentials. In its initial stage, attackers steal credentials in target organisations, These are then leveraged in the
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Foreign Office’s old IT hampers UK’s Ukraine response

A failure to update IT services could be hampering the government’s ability to respond to the Ukraine issue. Insiders have warned that out-of-date IT systems are causing “chaos” within the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO). Despite a merger two years ago, employees who previously worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Department for International Development (DfID) are still working on separate security systems and different computer systems, according to The Guardian. Emails exchanged between people those who previously worked for either department are routinely flagged as spam, resulting in important messages being missed. The issues also impact video
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KP hit by ransomware attack

A well-known UK snacks company has warned of a possible shortage  of crisps and nuts after being hit by a ransomware attack. KP say popular snacks such as Hula Hoops, Skips, McCoy’s crisps and KP Nuts may disappear from supermarket shelves for around a month in a highly visible consequence of the IT hackers’ actions. A company spokesperson confirmed to Sky News that KP discovered a ransomware attack on Friday 28 January. In a letter to retailers, KP warned: “At this stage we cannot safely process orders or dispatch goods.” A statement released to the media said: “As soon as
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Microsoft Teams to provide bettter solutions for frontline workers who are always on the go

It can often be thought that everyone has the ability to work remotely. But surveys show many frontline workers have no access tools such as video conferencing. Now Microsoft is looking at ways of granting better access to its popular Teams platform to workers who are often on the move. Microsoft says that there’s been an emphasis on people working with easy access to a laptop and that’s been  invaluable for those who were sent to work from home when Covid-19 closed down many workplaces. But Jared Spataro, corporate vice president for modern work at Microsoft, said “at Microsoft, our
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Warning as cyber criminals ‘prey on omicron fears’ with new scams

Scammers are continuing to take advantage of topical fears surrounding the pandemic by using the omicron COVID variant as a lure in recent phishing scams. The NHS has warned of a phishing campaign which leads people to fill in bank details for an “Omicron PCR test”, while Which? has reported rogue sites charging delivery fees for tests that can actually be obtained for free from the NHS. They also flagged one scam website which asked users to set up a security question. Some scam websites ask for answers to common security questions, (e.g. mother’s maiden name). This isn’t required for
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Ransomware attack forced store closures in northern England

A cyber attack has hit more than 300 Spar convenience stores across the north of England, The attack targeted James Hall & Company in Preston, Lancashire, which operates Spar’s tills and IT systems. Some shops were closed. Others opened but were not able to take card payments with those remaining open taking cash only. The National Cyber Security Centre and Lancashire Police said they were both investigating. A spokesman for the former said: “We are aware of an issue affecting Spar stores and are working with partners to fully understand the incident.” A spokesman said: “We are working to resolve
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