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Banking Malware accounts for 41% of malware infections

by Emily-Rose Hill (Posted under: General Virus )

41% of Malware infections, are Banking Malware. But what is Banking Malware? Banking Malware is a type of software that is used by fraudsters and cyber criminals to target online bank accounts. This allows them to obtain personal and finacial data. Sufficient Anti-Virus protection is a must to try and minimise the risks of becoming infected. However, if a computer or mobile device becomes infected, cyber criminals can take control of the internal functions of the device remotely, This is how they are able to obtain personal data, access online bank accounts, encrypting files and re-distributing malware to others.

There is normally a finacial cost involved in all of this, either having to buy anti-virus software to protect the device or paying a randsom.

How can you unintentionally download malware?

  • Clicking on an infected attahcement in emails.
  • Clicking on an infected website links.
  • Clicking on an infected link whilst on a social media site. Ie Watching Videos etc.
  • Inserting an infected removal drive into the device.
  • Downloading an infected file attachment, text or via a mobile application.

Most Banking Malwareat Information by following four different methods: Cookie Grabbers, Virtual Network Computing (VNC), Spy Modules and Drive Scanner. Ramnit is a type of Banking Malware that is most popularly used by cyber criminals. According to Symantec more than 3.2 million computers were infected globally over a five year period (2010-2015) by this type of malware. In February 2015 law enforcement and industry conducted an operation which led to a number of seizures of servers controlled by the Ramnit criminal group. However it is thought that it is starting to remerge and poses as a serious threat to all computer users.

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Phishing scams are at all-time high

by Emily-Rose Hill (Posted under: General Virus Intrusion Prevention )

Phishing scams are at all-time high.

Did you know, 1 in 5 employees open a phishing email without realising?

Phishing scams is a method used by fraudsters to access personal and company data. Phishing attacks rose 21% during 2015 totalling an estimate of 95,556; costing British consumers a total of 174.4m over the course of the year. 29% of all reported phishing emails were also found to contain potentially malicious links which when clicked, could deliver malware to a victim’s computer within seconds.

Spear phishing is also one you can’t ignore. Spear phishing is an email that appears to be from an individual or a business that you know. But it isn’t, it’s from the criminals that want your credit card and bank account details. Your name and email address can be found easily online IE Linked In and other social media. Phishing attempts are directed at specific individuals.

This could cost your business thousands!

Employee behaviours that can put you and your company at risk:

  • Opening attachments, or clicking on links within emails that are unsolicited or unexpected.

  • Accounts/Purchase Ledger opening what they believe is legit emails from senior employees, suppliers or contractors.

  • Responding to emails that ask for your personal or financial details.

  • Logging in to a webpage that you have arrived at via a link in an email.


Harlequin CDIS can help

By deploying our own phishing solution we are able to test and identify those using areas of your business that fall foul of those types of scams.

We are able to provide a comprehensive report detailing who, when and how users interact with these sorts of messages. Should it be required, we are then able to provide training and support to all employees.


Contact us to find out how Harlequin CDIS can help prevent phishing and other scam attacks in your business!

Mac users at risk!

by Emily-Rose Hill (Posted under: General Virus )

“I don’t need a security solution for my Mac”. I’m protected. Please stop telling yourself that, because you may not be. Mac users are led to believe that they are super-secure and are completely immune to viruses. If you have been following the news, you probably heard that ransomware has now made it onto macs. The ransomware KeRanger, is said to be short lived however it is still alarming. Ransomware is a plague on the internet that has impacted business and individuals alike.

Kaspersky Lab's have reported on vulnerabilities and exploits to Macs. In-depth study and protection tips are avaliable on their website.


Common Internet Scams

by Emily-Rose Hill (Posted under: General Virus Intrusion Prevention )

The internet is an exciting place, full of information, products and services which the vast majority of us use without issue. But, as we know, there are criminals who take advantage of the anonymity of the online world to deceive, hack and steal if the opportunity arises.The good news is by following the easy precautions highlighted on Cyber Streetwise, it will significantly improve your chances of avoiding internet scams and enjoy being online.


Phishing scams are when fraudsters send fake emails, social networking posts etc. That are designed to gain your sesative infomation and/or money.


Cyber Criminals will try to hack your computer/tablet/smartphone to gain access to your senative infomation in order to commit fraud and other crimes.