Cyber attack warning
Information law solicitor Natalie Ruane warns of an internet virus gaining access to personal PCs.
Companies and individuals are being warned of a succession of internet “heists” by a virus or malware known as ‘Dridex’. Dridex gains access to personal computers and records login and passwords details and stores them. In this circumstance, the ‘hacker(s)’ collects bank details and uses the details to gain access to bank accounts. It is expected that so far £20 million has been stolen from British bank accounts with approximately US$100 million being stolen worldwide.
The National Crime Agency advice is to not open documents that you are not expecting to receive and that the majority of the attacks appear to be on Computers using Windows. It is understood that smartphones have not yet been ‘infected’ and that this may be safest method of internet/mobile banking.
If you are concerned about this then please see http://www.cyberstreetwise.com/blog/dridex for more information.
About the author
Natalie is a Partner and leads the Employment Law & HR team and specialises in education.
Published: Thursday 29th October 2015
Categorised: Information Law