Cyber Risk Aware Blog

Phishing Alert: Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fraud

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 28, 2017 11:59:00 AM / by Stephen Burke posted in Phishing, Disaster Relief fraud, Social Media Scam

 

Hurricane Harvey has hit the U.S. State of Texas hard, the most powerful storm to make landfall in the U.S. for over a decade and create what has been described as a 500 year flood. At times like this decent human beings want to help each other. However, for others in society namely "cyber-scum" they are exploiting this disaster and human goodness. 

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Ransomware Phishing: An Ounce of Prevention

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 27, 2017 9:45:11 PM / by Stephen Burke posted in Phishing, Spear Phishing, Phish prone, Ransomware, security awareness training, wannacry, petrwrap

Phishing has been in the news lately, not only because it was the intrusion technique allegedly used by Russian hackers to access U.S. voter registrations, but also because it is becoming more prevalent, especially in the UK.  You only have to look at the recent NHS "Wannacry" and the latest "Petrwrap" ransomware incidents both starting with curious staff opening phishing emails to understand the risks.

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Will Your Employees Take the Bait?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 26, 2017 9:13:29 AM / by Stephen Burke posted in CEO Fraud, Phishing, Spear Phishing, security awareness training

Do your employees know enough about phishing? Can they explain what spear phishing is? Do you have a policy in place to help prevent CEO fraud?

If the answer to any of these questions is ‘no’, then you are not alone. Employees remain the weakest link in the battle against cybercrime and are criminals number one target.

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HSE Could Be a 'Sitting Duck' for a Cyber Attack

[fa icon="calendar'] May 14, 2017 12:51:49 PM / by Stephen Burke posted in Phishing, Staff Awareness, Ransomware

 The content of this article was originally published by Mark O'Regan - Sunday Independent

The HSE could be a 'sitting duck' for a cyberattack unless it radically beefs up security to protect highly sensitive data which may be sold by criminals on the Dark Web.

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Ransomware Prevention!

[fa icon="calendar'] May 13, 2017 12:41:13 PM / by Stephen Burke posted in CyberCrime, Phishing, Ransomware, Data Protection, Phishing Simulation, securty awareness training

A widespread cyber attack has been coming folks, and many security professionals are attempting to increase awareness for staff and companies.

Two days ago I shared an article from AIG that stated "systemic cyber attacks" were expected this year across several sectors, including healthcare.

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What is CEO Fraud, and How to Prevent It

[fa icon="calendar'] May 5, 2017 8:58:37 AM / by Stephen Burke posted in CEO Fraud, CyberCrime, Phishing, Social Engineering

 Imagine going away on holiday and returning to find that in your absence your business bank account has been drained. When you ask your accountant, they are mystified - you gave the order for the transfer.

It may sound like the plot of a blockbuster thriller, but it's the scenario that has faced hundreds of business owners whose employees have fallen prey to CEO fraud.

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Q1 - SEC Filing - Phishing Attack

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 15, 2017 7:45:00 AM / by Stephen Burke posted in Phishing, Spear Phishing, Staff Awareness

A sophisticated phishing attack is trying to obtain confidential corporate information by sending spoofed emails claiming to be from the Security and Exchange Commission.

These attacks are targeting lawyers, compliance managers and company officials who file documents with the SEC. Given its coming up to quarter end, raising awareness now is very important.

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Ransomware - The Growing Threat

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 20, 2017 7:15:00 AM / by Stephen Burke posted in cyber crime, Phishing, Staff Awareness, Ransomware

Last year saw a large spike in reported cases of ransomware, and industry experts predict a further increase throughout 2017.

Commercial insurers "Beazley" produced a report last month (click here) in which it stated that it had seen the number of attacks quadruple over 2016, with many of these attacks taking place in large institutions such as in the financial, education and healthcare industry.

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Phishing; The root of all evil...

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 14, 2017 6:45:00 AM / by Stephen Burke posted in CEO Fraud, Phishing, Spear Phishing, Staff Awareness, Phish prone, Ransomware

What exactly is Phishing ?

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