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The Microsoft Malware Protection Centre (MMPC) has warned of an increasing number of phishing email threats using macros to spread their malicious code. An example of the security warning you would see when a document is requesting you allow macros is shown below: Image from MMPC click for full-size image Cybercriminals are sending spam emails with a […]


Nearly 100 Firstsource call centre staff have been suspended in Londonderry, Northern Ireland pending internal investigation following allegations of breaching company policies and procedures – full article here. Also in the news, Morgan Stanley fires employee who leaked sensitive client data – full article here.               These stories act as […]



Whether you have Christmas shopping left to do or you are getting ready for the January sales you could benefit from remembering the following tips and tricks for avoiding cyber criminals, and staying safe online. 1. Scams and schemes to watch out for: Fake charities (e.g. current Ebola fund raising scams) Fake adverts Fake coupons (via Facebook or other social media) Fake delivery […]


Cyber criminals are constantly thinking of a new angle to scam online users and often prey on people when they’re at their most trusting; when donating money online to what they believe to be reputable sites. Currently in the USA Google, Facebook and You Tube have been asking users to help raise funds to find a cure […]


Christmas is almost here again, and more of us than ever will be buying for friends and loved ones (and maybe ourselves) on the internet. Shopping online offers the greatest convenience plus the widest range of goods, the best choice of places to buy them and the chance to find and compare some great bargains. But […]


Revealed… true cost of online crime! According to Get Safe Online (the UK’s leading source of unbiased, factual and easy-to-understand information on online safety), half of those who said they were a victim of cybercrime said they felt either ‘very’ or ‘extremely violated’ by their ordeal. • 51% of Britons have experienced an online crime • […]


UK Information Commissioner Christopher Graham has warned that “there are people out there who are snooping” and specifically cited a website showing thousands of live feeds (images) to baby monitors, stand-alone webcams and CCTV systems. Speaking about the website he told the BBC: “It’s got more than 500 UK webcams where there is a facility for remote access to check what’s […]


Mobile security researchers, FireEye have discovered another weakness in Apple’s iOS (versions 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 8.0, 8.1 and 8.1.1 beta) which could be exploited by cyber criminals.  All the criminals need do is trick you into installing a third party app which could replace (or mask) one of your genuine app’s installed through the App Store (e.g. email or mobile banking), as long […]


Do you browse the Web, write documents or check emails using an account with Administration privileges/rights?  If so, you’re putting yourself and the data you store at greater risk. Why? Recently a security researcher has discovered a flaw (named ‘Rootpipe’) in some versions of Apple’s OS X operating system (including the newly-released 10.10 Yosemite), which is believed to have […]