Ransomware

No 3 Minute Warning: Businesses Held Ransom By Online Hackers Who Can Attack In Seconds

No 3 Minute Warning: Businesses Held Ransom By Online Hackers Who Can Attack In Seconds

UK small businesses are being urged to protect themselves from ransomware, which can attack in seconds and cost victims thousands of pounds. Under the cyber-attack, online hackers can shut down a company’s website and encrypt its data before asking for large sums of money to release the information. According to a new study by Timico, 74% of all businesses held to ransom said the attack had an instant impact, with their data systems going from fully functional to essentially useless within seconds. 26% of those surveyed said their systems were paralysed within a few seconds, 21% reported under a minute, while a further 27% said the criminals took hold of their system within a few minutes. When it comes to the consequences of such attacks, businesses are losing more than just time – as they... »

43% of All Cyber Attacks Targeted at Small Businesses

43% of All Cyber Attacks Targeted at Small Businesses

43% of all cyber-attacks last year were targeted at small businesses with less than 250 staff, according to a report by Symantec. The survey found that, as larger corporations have increased their online security, smaller firms have now become a more attractive target for hackers with many viewing them as a ‘back door’ to larger corporations. 500 million digital identities were stolen in 2015, while ransomware attacks were up 35% and technical support scams have increased by 200% year-on-year. The vast majority of cyber-attacks were carried out by gangs posing as software companies in an attempt to trick unsuspecting businesses into sharing sensitive data, with some criminals even setting up call centres specifically to fraud business people. Earlier this year, it was revealed that 44% of ... »

41% of All Ransomware Attacks Aimed at Small Businesses

41% of All Ransomware Attacks Aimed at Small Businesses

41% of all ransomware attacks in the last year were targeted at small businesses, according to a report by Intermedia. The 2016 Crypto-Ransomware report found, that of smaller enterprises that had fallen victim to cyber security hacks, 29% had between 10 and 99 employees while 12% only had between one and nine. More worryingly, these cyber attacks were not just limited to one person with 47% of viruses spreading to more than 20 individuals within a small business. The effects of ransomware on small businesses can be severe – with operations often brought to a standstill for a minimum of two days. This has obvious financial implications as small and medium enterprises need to stay running in order to be competitive. The report comes just months after it was revealed over a third of UK small... »