1 in 3 employees want to continue to work from home

According to a survey by Halifax of 3,000 employees 1 in 3 intend to continue working from home after Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. The majority of those questions thought that working from home is a great opportunity to tackle climate change. Emma Green from Green CDL says “this is also a great opportunity for hackers to take advantage of this as the surface area organisation must protect has expanded considerably with employees working from home. “

Increased Risk of Cyber-Attacks for pub goers

Pub and restaurant-goers are exposed as establishments are requiring many users to book online before they arrive, and/or to provide their details for contact tracing purposes. A recent survey highlighted that many establishments have failed to put in place measures to protect their domain from email spoofing and thus phishing attacks. John Green from Green CDL says ” It is essential these establishements take appropriate technical measures to protect the personal data of their customers “

This weeks North West cybercrime trends

There were 30 reports across the North West this week, cyber crimes include: Hacking of e-mail to request the purchase of Amazon vouchers. Reports of Dharma and Sodinokibi ransomware attacks, a business facebook accounts being hacked, fornite hacking and sim jacking

Smartwatch hack could send fake pill reminders to patients

A security flaw has been uncovered with the Smartwatch software used to help elderly patients. Some of the watches are targeted mainly at dementia patients a hacker could even send a reminder to “take pills” as often as they wanted to. Emma Green from GreenCDL says “this is very concerning as a demetia patient could easily tak an accidental overdose” This security flaw has been reported to the manufacturer but is yet to be patched…..

Apology after Aberdeen police officer’s phone number published

An apology has been made to an Aberdeen police officer after his phone number was published online in a data breach. Personal details of the officer was inadvertently contained in an appendix to a report. John Green of GreenCDL says “Sadly, we often see this type of human error in personal data breaches, ensuring appropriate organisational measures and training are in place can help reduce them”.

NCA infultrate EncroChat

An estimated 60,000 people, among them up to 10,000 in Britain, subscribed to France-based EncroChat, which has now been taken down. The system operated on customised Android phones and, according to its website, provided “worry-free secure communications”.Customers had access to features such as self-destructing messages that deleted from the recipient’s device after a certain length of time.

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