Over the last couple of months, StoneHouse Logic have seen a rapid increase in clients being targeted by cyber-attacks and email fraud attempts. These are becoming much more sophisticated and individually targeted to a level we haven’t seen before. A number of clients are reporting receiving an email from their director, requesting that they make payment to a supplier, this is known as ‘phishing’. It is unsafe to rely on an email alone to request and authorise a bank payment, especially to a new bank account. An email ‘from’ addresses can be faked, we have seen very well researched and designed email frauds to Finance Directors from what appear to be named Managing Directors, requesting urgent bank transfers. Replying to the email to confirm, may also result in the email going back to the fraudster. They can use similar domain names that may not be noticed. We suggest verifying the payment request independently of the email, using a call to a known phone or mobile number for the Director.
Reporting and Preventing Crime
At a recent Chamber of Commerce event, in conjunction with Lancashire constabulary, we have been made aware of national and local policing resources that can help us all fight back.
www.stayintheknow.co.uk In The Know – is the free messaging service brought to you by Lancashire Police where you decide when and how you are kept informed about the issues that matter to you.
www.getsafeonline.org Get Safe Online – is the UK’s leading source of unbiased, factual and easy-to-understand information on online safety. Get Safe Online is a public / private sector partnership supported by HM Government and leading organisations in banking, retail, internet security and other sectors.
www.actionfraud.police.uk Action Fraud – is the, UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and internet crime where you should report fraud if you have been scammed, defrauded or experienced cyber-crime.
How can Stonehouse help?
StoneHouse Logic will continue to do all we can to protect you from online threats where we are involved in the support and management of firewalls, anti-virus, anti-spam and are happy to provide advice should you need it. We are also reviewing our services to offer specific help to prevent, detect and minimise cyber-attacks with a combination of technology, training, testing and management policies.