Two Weeks To Cyber Attack: Hype & Hysteria ?
With the recent announcement of an imminent cyber-attack on our IT systems, Kamarin Computers questions whether this is a legitimate cause for concern, or a case of hysteria.
The breaking news from national media has got the country on alert for a cyber-attack, which is due to hit any time now following the results of a government-led report. But IT firm Kamarin Computers have questioned whether this is an exceptional cause for concern, or just plain hype.
Having infected a number of individual and business IT networks previously, two particular threats have been pinpointed following a government report – the ‘Gameover Zeus’ and ‘CryptoLocker’ viruses.
The former, Gameover Zeus, is known throughout the IT industry for targeting banking details on machines it manages to infiltrate, whilst the latter, CryptoLocker, has proven to encrypt, or lock, files on the infected user’s system with a ransom demanded for unlocking them.
However, Kamarin Computers are urging everyone to take this news with a pinch of salt, believing that the true story hasn’t been clearly told.
Reacting to the news, Managing Director Neil Bedford explained: “Granted, it’s very possible that in the next few days and weeks that individuals and businesses could experience problems from the Gameover Zeus and CryptoLocker viruses.
“But what everyone has to remain aware of is the fact threats like these are not unusual – we live and work in a world where threats to cyber-security are present daily, and it’s important that we treat this as a wake-up call; always taking the appropriate precautionary steps moving forward”.
The news has caught people by surprise, with many now seeking help and taking action before potential problems with their IT networks occur. In response, Neil and his team have offered advice for businesses looking to take action:
“Firstly, ensure all applications, software and data are backed up and up-to-date. Clear banking details from any devices and be extremely vigilant with emails. It is necessary to educate employees on these actions as well, who should not react to any requests by emails claiming to be from otherwise respected brands and bodies.
“Email is the main mode of transport for the viruses, and if in doubt contact the sender in question first” explained Neil.
Send an email to Neil Bedford of Kamarin Computers
01733 297 100