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Cyber Security Warning - Zepto Ransomware


Friday, July 08, 2016

Today we received this advice from our good friends at Secure-ISS and we thought it worth sharing with everyone. Secure ISS warns clients of the very real concerns of security researchers. It would appear that cyber criminals are gearing up for another massive Ransomware campaign (where payment is demanded to regain access to your business’s critical data).

In May 2016, security researchers at Kasperky Lab and FireEye identified Ransomware as the top threat to business, as it can harm you from not only a monetary, but also a credibility standpoint.

According to security researchers there has been a huge increase in the number of spam messages designed to infect your computer with Zepto Ransomware, a variant of Locky, which was one of the most widespread Ransomware attacks in the first quarter of 2016, affecting organisations in 114 countries.

Security researchers report that a fresh Zepto spam campaign started on 27 June 2016, with 137,731 spam messages carrying the Ransomware recorded in the first four days.

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Cyber Security Warning - Zepto Ransomware

Today we received this advice from our good friends at Secure-ISS and we thought it worth sharing with everyone. Secure ISS warns clients of the very real concerns of security researchers. It would appear that cyber criminals are gearing up for another massive Ransomware campaign (where payment is demanded to regain access to your business’s critical data).

In May 2016, security researchers at Kasperky Lab and FireEye identified Ransomware as the top threat to business, as it can harm you from not only a monetary, but also a credibility standpoint.

According to security researchers there has been a huge increase in the number of spam messages designed to infect your computer with Zepto Ransomware, a variant of Locky, which was one of the most widespread Ransomware attacks in the first quarter of 2016, affecting organisations in 114 countries.

Security researchers report that a fresh Zepto spam campaign started on 27 June 2016, with 137,731 spam messages carrying the Ransomware recorded in the first four days.

 ...Article

 

So Just Why Are We Such Business Catalyst Advocates


Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Business Catalyst | Gold Coast Web Development   
   

Top Left Designs have been a Premium Business Catalyst partner for seven years now and whilst it is not an unknown and proven CMS for Web development, people still ask us why we are so strongly committed to this platform.

I thought it was probably worth sharing some of the key reasons we made this decision and have been so happy with the outcomes we have realised.

Our primary objective was to utilise a single CMS so we might become an authority in the use of that product or Web design and development rather than trying to keep abreast of several different platforms.  ...Article


So Just Why Are We Such Business Catalyst Advocates

Business Catalyst | Gold Coast Web Development   
   

Top Left Designs have been a Premium Business Catalyst partner for seven years now and whilst it is not an unknown and proven CMS for Web development, people still ask us why we are so strongly committed to this platform.

I thought it was probably worth sharing some of the key reasons we made this decision and have been so happy with the outcomes we have realised.

Our primary objective was to utilise a single CMS so we might become an authority in the use of that product or Web design and development rather than trying to keep abreast of several different platforms.  ...Article

 

A Practical Lesson in Wise Online Shopping


Saturday, April 05, 2014
   
   

This morning I received an SMS message on my phone offering 90% off on Oakley Sunglasses. My alarm bells rang loudly and I thought I might just look into this more closely out of interest. Yes, I was interested but at the back of my mind I was thing… if it’s too good to be true then it isn’t.

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A Practical Lesson in Wise Online Shopping

   
   

This morning I received an SMS message on my phone offering 90% off on Oakley Sunglasses. My alarm bells rang loudly and I thought I might just look into this more closely out of interest. Yes, I was interested but at the back of my mind I was thing… if it’s too good to be true then it isn’t.

 ...Article

 

Computers Held to Ransom… Most Are Unreported


Monday, March 31, 2014
   
   

It is not new – the concept of cracking a web server or PC system, blocking the owners access until a ransom demand is paid. Probably one of the few instances that got to the public eye was back in late 2012 when the Miami Medical Clinic on the Gold Coast had its medical records held for a ransom of $4,200. More recently I know of an Optometrist in Australia who also had their systems held to ransom but only for $700. These are not isolated cases according to the FBI and Australian police and security agencies. The problem is most occurrences are never reported. The SMH reported back in 2012 that even then thousands of Australian businesses had been held to ransom in this way.

 ...Article

Computers Held to Ransom… Most Are Unreported

   
   

It is not new – the concept of cracking a web server or PC system, blocking the owners access until a ransom demand is paid. Probably one of the few instances that got to the public eye was back in late 2012 when the Miami Medical Clinic on the Gold Coast had its medical records held for a ransom of $4,200. More recently I know of an Optometrist in Australia who also had their systems held to ransom but only for $700. These are not isolated cases according to the FBI and Australian police and security agencies. The problem is most occurrences are never reported. The SMH reported back in 2012 that even then thousands of Australian businesses had been held to ransom in this way.

 ...Article

 

Protecting Yourself from Credit Card Fraud


Friday, November 08, 2013
   
   

As an online store manager you need to understand the risk of credit card fraud and how will the week back charges that could cost you a lot of money.
Many payment gateway providers now include measures for reducing the risk of credit card fraud on the losses you may incur as an online merchant. Whatever they may brand their antifraud services as, they generally utilise a common set of mechanisms. Some also include proprietary mechanisms to further increase your online payment security.

 ...Article

Protecting Yourself from Credit Card Fraud

   
   

As an online store manager you need to understand the risk of credit card fraud and how will the week back charges that could cost you a lot of money.
Many payment gateway providers now include measures for reducing the risk of credit card fraud on the losses you may incur as an online merchant. Whatever they may brand their antifraud services as, they generally utilise a common set of mechanisms. Some also include proprietary mechanisms to further increase your online payment security.

 ...Article

 

Creating and managing your online business requires you to follow the same basic principals of any business - relying on sound Business Strategies however there are a few practices that differ or that just are unique to an online business. Here we share our views and experience with you to help you develop a more effective and profitable online business.

This post is original content presented by Top Left Designs, a web design and digital marketing agency based in Southport on the Gold Coast and servicing clients in the Gold Coast and Brisbane regional area. Top Left Designs sets out to remove the frustration and confusion faced by business owners seeking to maximise the return on the website investment by providing a comprehensive web solution to their business needs.