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New Threat

Lancashire businesses warned about new scam: Malicious USB drives turning up in the post

Businesses in Lancashire are being warned of a brand new scam where cyber criminals are using very old fashioned methods.

Normally criminals try to hack into a business’s systems through the internet – often by breaking into someone’s email account, or looking for weak passwords.
But security researchers have spotted that one criminal gang is now posting out USB drives.

These drives turn up in a gift box with a fake thank you letter,” explained Jonathan Cundliffe of Lancashire based IT support company J700 Group.

“The criminals are hoping someone in the business will open the box, believe it’s a gift and put the USB drive into their computer.”

He added: “But in doing so they would accidentally give the hacker direct access to their computer, through malicious software loaded on the USB.
“We’re now warning all businesses around here to spread the word about this to their staff.”  All businesses should offer their staff regular training on cyber security threats.
Software can protect businesses, but well trained staff will increase the protection tenfold, and act as the first line of defence.

To read more on how to protect your business from Cyber Attacks, check out our recent article and video on how to combat phishing.

J700 Group was formed in 2015 and specialises in supporting local businesses in the Lancashire area.

A bit more about us:
J700 Group are a Lancashire-based, family-run, professional and responsive, Managed Solutions Provider helping Businesses to utilise Innovative IT Consultancy Services, Cloud Solutions, Cyber Security, Microsoft 365, Telecoms, Web Design and SEO solutions to propel their organisation to the next level and beyond.

As an experienced IT Support Provider, helping businesses across Lancashire & Manchester, if you need any assistance with your IT including IT Hardware, a Disaster Recovery Policy or Managed Backup Solutions.

Call us today to see how we can help protect your business: 0333 7721 700
Where to find us: Prinny Mill Business Centre, 68 Blackburn Road, Haslingden, Lancashire, BB4 5HL
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