Prevention is better than cure

Cryptowall 3, the latest incarnation of the Crowti family (Cryptolocker etc) of blackmail based malware, appears to be rampant at the moment. Its delivery method varies a little, but mostly it arrives in your inbox as a zip attachement, claiming to be an invoice or a CV. As we have seen, people seem to be very poor at recognising malevolent emails, so the criminals responsible for this little nasty are doing very well indeed.

If you open the attachment, nothing appears to happen, so the victim closes the email and continues with their day. Unfortunately, in the background, much is going on. The details can be found here, but in summary, a small amount of code contacts a Command & Control server and begins to assemble the malware on your PC. After it’s complete, it then looks for all drives on your system – including mapped network drives – and starts encrypting all your files. (more…)

21Oct 2015

This morning, an email is doing the rounds purporting to be from a Lyn Whitehead at Lancs Police. She does indeed exist, but the email is not from her but from a scammer. =========================== Please find attached an invoice that is now due for payment. Regards Lyn Lyn Whitehead (10688) Business Support Department – Headquarters […]

18Jun 2015

Another day, another unsurprising piece of information on the sorry state of UK broadband. Which today reports that only 4% of customers on TalkTalk’s 17Mbps package, and just 1% of people on BT and Plusnet’s 76Mbps deals, were getting the top advertised speeds. This isn’t altogether surprising and there are a number of factors at […]

11Jun 2015

Interesting news regarding broadband problems and long ISP contracts from Ofcom today: Ofcom is today outlining three measures to help consumers. First, Ofcom has secured a strengthened Code of Practice on broadband speeds with the UK’s largest providers: BT, EE, KC in Hull, Plusnet, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media. The new version of the Code […]

11Jun 2015

Ekahau have just released Ekahau Site Survey + Planner v8.0.1. Despite the minor version number, this release has plenty of new things on it, including: ALL Cisco APs and antennas are now included for network planning. Just to play fair, they also added Aruba 277 and a few others, too New set of mouse cursors for […]

15May 2015

Prevention is better than cure Cryptowall 3, the latest incarnation of the Crowti family (Cryptolocker etc) of blackmail based malware, appears to be rampant at the moment. Its delivery method varies a little, but mostly it arrives in your inbox as a zip attachement, claiming to be an invoice or a CV. As we have […]

14May 2015

Phishing emails – emails designed to con you into releasing personal information for use by scammers – are getting increasingly sophisticated. Email addresses are obfuscated (hidden behind an apparently genuine address) and the content often looks very professional. In a recent quiz carried out by Intel for CBS in America, 80 per cent of users […]