2 finance departments in our customer base have received emails in recent days purporting to be from the company's Managing Director requesting a wire transfer to be made. These fraud attempts have demonstrated a knowledge of the company targeted and obvious research has gone into identifying the names and email address of the Managing Director and Finance Officer concerned. The format of the email was also credible at first glance.
Both attempts resulted in queries of a procedural nature that flagged the issue and upon investigation the emails originated not from the clients email system but a server in the Netherlands.
We would recommend you alert your finance team to this issue.
Microsoft kicks Windows XP when it’s down
Although Windows XP has been “out of support” since April 2014, Microsoft have continued supporting its own anti-malware product with updates until this week. If you have any Windows XP PC’s running Microsoft Security Essentials then we recommend that you consider your options at this point; the 2 obvious options being either to change your antivirus protection to a third party product that still supports XP, or more sensibly; consider updating the PC to Windows 7 or better
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This week Windows Server 2003 also fell off the update cliff
With every server vendor seemingly emailing about Windows 2003 server going end of life and trying to sell new servers, I would be surprised if you were unaware of the fact. What in practice does this mean though? Does it mean Windows 2003 will stop working? No …. It doesn’t mean that. What it means is Microsoft will no longer issue security updates for their venerable product. It has been described as the “biggest security threat of 2015”, but it that hyperbole? Perhaps, but it certainly has security and for some; compliancy consequences.
A good article laying out the risks and compliance issues is available here
Antivirus for Macs
During our TechTalks on Cybersecurity, it is always apparent that the “Macs don’t get viruses” myth is still alive and well. Apple in fact dropped this claim in 2012 in light of 650,000 users acquiring a Trojan that was unchallenged. It is true that Apple device are far less afflicted by threats but as they become more popular this is changing. Several vendors offer free antivirus for Macs used at home (non-commercial use), the best in our experience being the one from Sophos. If you have Macs in the workplace, we would recommend you speak with your IT support provider regarding your options. No protection though is a folly and is a chink in your IT security armour.
Click here for more information on the Sophos free antivirus for non-commercial use