Fake Irish Revenue End of Year Email Scam

Posted by Gary Fleming on Dec 11, 2018 4:53:41 PM

Over the past 24 hours Topsec Engineers have noticed a massive spike in the number of the below Revenue Phishing emails which appears to come from revenue.ie. The email claims that the receiver is due a tax refund and must submit a Form 12 urgently. Conveniently, there is a “link” to the Form 12 in the email.

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

Microsoft Office 365, Azure locked out people who use its multifactor authentication

Posted by Gary Fleming on Nov 20, 2018 1:14:30 PM

More and more organisations are starting to ensure that their employees use multifactor authentication (MFA) to add an extra layer of security to their Microsoft Office 365 and other accounts. Multifactor authentication and two-factor authentication involves using an extra step (like a phone number or verification code) in addition to your login credentials. This makes it harder for hackers to log in to your account if they have your username and password. It's a  very useful additional security step, however security researchers say that it’s use isn’t very widespread.

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

Topsec Alert: Have you been Pwned?

Posted by Gary Fleming on Nov 14, 2018 4:24:03 PM

Topsec engineers have noticed a disturbing trend in a certain type of email that we would classify as Social Engineering. While we have blocked a significant amount of these, some will always leak through spam filters.

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

baseStriker: Massive security flaw in Office 365 lets hackers slip malicious links past its security.

Posted by Gary Fleming on May 15, 2018 1:05:28 PM

Researchers have come across a security flaw in the way Office 365 email filters are designed to handle HTML code which has resulted in hackers getting malicious links into the mailboxes of end users.  The hackers used an incredibly simple trick to get malicious URLs to bypass Office 365 mail filters, by splitting up the malicious links by using a <base> URL tag.

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

Latest Office 365 outage hits UK users hard

Posted by Gary Fleming on Apr 11, 2018 4:57:59 PM

Microsoft Office 365 had an outage on Friday which left users without email throughout Europe, the US and the Asia-Pacific. Microsoft users who tried to access their accounts on Friday got the message “Service is temporarily unavailable. Please retry later.” UK users were hit hard with one user complaining that they could send or receive emails for over 14 hours.

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

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

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

What is NotPetya Ransomware?

Posted by Gary Fleming on Jun 28, 2017 1:33:10 PM

A massive new global cyber-attack has struck with a similar reach to the WannaCry ransomware attack that infected more than 300,000 computers worldwide last month. The latest attack was initially thought to be a strain of the Petya Ransomware virus which hit last year, however it has now emerged that it is in fact a totally different strain which borrows some of the same code from Petya Ransomware. Therefor the latest ransomware attack is now being referred to as Not Petya, SortaPetya or Petna.  It also includes code known as “Eternal Blue”, which is widely believed to have been stolen from the US National Security Agency (NSA) and was also used in last month’s WannaCry ransomware attack.

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Topics: Topsec Email Security, Spam, IT Security, Email Security

What is WannaCry Ransomware?

Posted by Gary Fleming on May 16, 2017 10:16:56 AM

WannaCry is a crypto-ransomware that is also called WannaCrypt, it encrypts data files by appending .WCRY to the end of the file name and asks users to pay a US$300 ransom in bitcoins. According to the ransom note the payment amount will be doubled if the ransom isn’t paid within 3 days and the files will be deleted after 7 days if the payment is not made. WannaCry is not just a ransomware program, it is also a worm that gets into your computer and looks for other computers to try and spread itself as far and wide as possible. This variant of ransomware first emerged on Friday May 12th and affected over 200,000 users across 150 countries including many large organisations such as the NHS, Nissan, Hitachi, Renault, Telefonica, FedEx and Germany's rail network Deutsche Bahn.

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Topics: Topsec Email Security, Spam, IT Security, Email Security