A report published by Threat Metrix this week shows a 40% increase in cyber-crime for Q3 of this year. With earlier reports by the Annual Fraud Indicator highlighting that cybercrime is costing businesses around £193 billion per year, it’s essential that you know what to look out for and how to remain protected.
The latest variant of CryptoLocker is being distributed via (but not limited to) email and is known to contain Windows Executables, VBS files or compressed archives (ZIP files etc.) Once the file is downloaded, your machine begins encrypting files and demands a ransom payment (ranging from several hundred to several thousand pounds) in Bitcoin to decrypt the files.
To minimise the risk of a cyber attack on your business, it is recommended that you take precautions when browsing the web and handling newly received emails. Xperience Group have complied a checklist of steps to ensure you remain protected:
The longer it takes you to recover, the higher the cost to your business. If you’re concerned that backups aren’t in place, functioning correctly or if you’re unsure, contact us today.