Will red weather warnings become a more regular occurrence?

Posted by Gary Fleming on Mar 5, 2018 12:40:52 PM

A red weather warning has only been issued on six occasions since the system was introduced in Ireland in 2013 – and only for rainstorms, never for snow until last week. The fact that there have been two red weather warnings in the past 4 months and only 4 in the previous 5 years is a worrying trend. With businesses closing for days at a time, they need to be more prepared for these adverse weather conditions.

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Topics: IT Security, Email Security, Cyber Security, Email Continuity, Office 365

We are hiring: Technical Support Engineer (Dublin)

Posted by Gary Fleming on Jan 12, 2018 4:05:11 PM

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About Topsec

Topsec, a leading provider of cloud based managed email and web security solutions are seeking an experienced Technical Support Engineer to join the team. Our services include email security, anti-spam, anti-virus, email continuity, email content filtering, image analysis, email archiving, file sharing, phishing awareness training-as-a-service and Domain Management.

We put our customers at the heart of everything we do and are committed to providing the best solution with unrivalled technical support. As such we are seeking an experienced Technical Support Engineer to join our team

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Topics: Phishing, Cyber Security, Topsec Email Security, Topsec Phishing Awareness Training

We are hiring: Senior System Administrator (Dublin)

Posted by Gary Fleming on Nov 30, 2017 12:23:30 PM

About Topsec

Topsec a leading provider of cloud based managed email and web security solutions. Our services include email security, anti-spam, anti-virus, email continuity, content filtering, image analysis, email archiving, file sharing and Domain Management.

Topsec are seeking a Senior System Administrator to join an existing development team. The role will require a mix of architecture design and implementation. It will involve the design of entirely new systems, as well as design changes to existing infrastructure. The successful candidate will have a strong knowledge of Networking, VMs and IT Security. They will have a commitment to building systems that provide a high level of automated resiliency, redundancy and backup. They will have experience of designing and implementing infrastructure designed to operate across multiple geographical zones.

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Topics: Phishing, Cyber Security, Topsec Email Security, Topsec Phishing Awareness Training

What is BadRabbit Ransomware?

Posted by Gary Fleming on Oct 25, 2017 3:34:07 PM

The latest strain of ransomware “Bad Rabbit” began spreading across Russia and Ukraine yesterday, with 3 Russian websites, a Ukraine airport and underground system been hit. Since then, there have been various reports of “Bad Rabbit” infections in Turkey, Bulgaria, Japan, Germany, Poland, South Korea and the United States.  The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) which is run by the Department of Homeland Security, issued an alert about the ransomware worm but didn’t say whether any infections had been detected in the U.S or not. They have said it "discourages individuals and organisations from paying the ransom, as this does not guarantee that access will be restored".

How it works?

The Bad Rabbit ransomware enters networks when a user on your network runs a phony Adobe Flash Player installer posted on a hacked website, with the initial infections coming from a Russian news website. Other reports said websites based in Ireland, Denmark and Turkey have also been corrupted with the fake Flash installer and have been spreading the malware.

Once “Bad Rabbit” Ransomware has infected its first machine within a network, it then uses an opensource tool to find any login credentials stored on the machine, so it can spread to other machines. There are also some conflicting reports that BadRabbit uses the NSA’s EternalBlue tool, used by both NotPetya and the WannaCry Ransomware worm that spread in May, to spread through local networks.

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Topics: Phishing, Cyber Crime, malware, Computer Viruses, Cyber Security

Ophelia, you're breaking my heart…

Posted by Gary Fleming on Oct 17, 2017 5:17:22 PM

Was your business affected by Hurricane Ophelia? Did you have to send staff home or did staff simply not come in to ensure their own safety?  Has your business been impacted by a resulting power outage?

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Topics: IT Security, Email Security, Cyber Security, Email Continuity, Office 365

Office 365 outage: UK and European users hit by service interruption

Posted by Gary Fleming on Sep 19, 2017 1:41:51 PM

The latest Microsoft Office 365 outage which occurred yesterday morning, impacted both Office 365 and Outlook users across the UK and Europe.  It wasn’t the ideal start to the working week with many Office 365  users complaining of technical difficulties for most of Monday morning, with Outlook subscribers reporting connectivity issues and lag times until late in the day.

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Topics: IT Security, Email Security, Cyber Security, Email Continuity, Office 365

“Get Rich or Die Trying”: Lone Ranger Cyber Criminal responsible for over 4,000 attacks.

Posted by Gary Fleming on Aug 21, 2017 5:30:34 PM


A large spree of Cyber-attacks which aims to infect networks, steal information and commit fraud has impacted over 4,000 organisations globally in the past 4 months.  Some of the companies hit include leading international names in the banking, manufacturing, construction and oil and gas industries across Germany, Croatia, Abu Dhabi, Egypt, Kuwait and Dubai.

Attacks of this nature and scale tend to be accredited to cyber-criminal gangs, many of which are state funded with the aim of destabilising economies. However, in this case, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Researchers have discovered that these attacks are the work of a Nigerian man in his 20s who works on his own near the Nigerian capital. Funnily, on his personal Facebook page he uses the phrase, “Get Rich or Die Trying”.

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Topics: Phishing, Cyber Crime, malware, Computer Viruses, Cyber Security

We are hiring: Technical Support (Dublin)

Posted by Gary Fleming on Jul 7, 2017 12:11:53 PM

About Topsec

Topsec a leading provider of cloud based managed email and web security solutions. Our services include email security, anti-spam, anti-virus, email continuity, email content filtering, image analysis, email archiving, file sharing and Domain Management.

We put our customers at the heart of everything we do and are committed to providing the best solution with unrivalled technical support. As such we are seeking an experienced Technical Support person to join our team

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Topics: Phishing, Cyber Security, Topsec Email Security, Topsec Phishing Awareness Training

Google Docs users hit with sophisticated phishing attack which spread like wildfire.

Posted by Gary Fleming on May 4, 2017 5:08:35 PM

Yesterday afternoon a new variant phishing attack targeting Google Doc/Gmail users emerged and began to spread very quickly. The email used was very subtle and well disguised but within as little as 2 clicks you could have handed a mystery attacker the ability to read your Gmail and forward the phishing attack to all your contacts.

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Topics: Phishing, Cyber Security, Topsec Email Security, Topsec Phishing Awareness Training

Phishing Attack: Two large US technology companies scammed out of $100 million

Posted by Gary Fleming on Mar 29, 2017 1:19:41 PM

A Lithuanian man has been charged with conning two large US technology firms into wiring him $100 million using an email phishing scam. According to the BBC, Evaldas Rimasauskas tricked staff into transferring the money by posing as an Asian-based manufacturer. Although the companies were not named, they were described as US-based multinationals with one operating in the social media space.

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Topics: Phishing, Cyber Security, Topsec Email Security