South East Businesses warned about new scam. Malicious USB drives turning up in the post.

Businesses in the South East are being warned of a brand new scam, where cyber criminals are using very old fashioned methods.

Normally criminals try to hack in to our business’s systems through the internet – often by breaking into someone’s email, or looking for weak passwords.

But security researchers have spotted that one criminal gang is now posting out USB drives.

“These drives turn up in a gift box with a fake thank you letter” explained Nick Haley of IT support company Little Big Tech.

“The criminals are hoping someone in the business will open the box, believe it’s a gift and put the USB drive in to their computer.”

He added “But in doing so, they would accidentally give the hacker direct access to their computer, through malicious software loaded on to the USB”.

“We’re now warning all businesses around here to spread the word about this to their staff”.

All businesses should offer their staff regular training on cyber security threats.

Software can protect businesses, but well-trained staff will increase the protection tenfold, and acts as the first line of defence.

Little Big Tech was formed in 2021 and specialises in supporting local businesses in the Kent, Surrey and West Sussex areas.

Nick Haley can be contacted via the Little Big Tech Website

Author: Lisa Thompson
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