Phishing email that knows your address

April 6, 2016 Spilsby Online 0

A new type of phishing email that includes the recipient’s home address has been received by thousands of people, according to the BBC. Members of the BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours team were among those who received the scam emails, claiming they owed hundreds of pounds to UK firms. The firms involved have been inundated with phone calls from worried members of the public. One security expert warned clicking on the link would install […]

Lincolnshire County Council computer systems restored

February 1, 2016 Spilsby Online 0

A council whose computer systems were closed down by a cyber attack has said its systems are back up and running. Lincolnshire County Council’s systems were shut down on Tuesday following the malware attack, which demanded a “ransom” payment that was not paid. The council’s chief information officer said IT staff had worked “24/7” across the weekend. Julie Hetherington-Smith said they were confident people’s personal data had not been compromised. “We’ve done a lot of […]

Lincolnshire County Council hit by £1m malware demand

January 29, 2016 Spilsby Online 0

Lincolnshire County Council’s computer systems have been closed for four days after being hit by computer “malware” demanding a £1m ransom. Ransomware encrypts data on infected machines and only unscrambles it if victims pay a fee. The authority said it was working with its computer security provider to apply a fix to its systems. People can only use pens and paper, we’ve gone back a few years.Judith Hetherington-SmithLincolnshire County Council Chief information officer Judith Hetherington-Smith […]

Lincolnshire County Council Hit By Serious Ransomware Attack

January 29, 2016 Spilsby Online 0

Lincolnshire County Council has been hit by a serious ransomware attack, according to internet tech website, The Register. Article by The Register: The Register has learned that Lincolnshire County Council has been hit by ransomware, leading it to turn off all of its networks’ computers yesterday. As reported yesterday, Lincolnshire County Council shut down all of its computers after an alleged 0-day attack began to spread throughout its systems. The Register has now learned that […]

Lincolnshire County Council hit by suspected security incident

January 27, 2016 Spilsby Online 0

Lincolnshire County Council has suffered a suspected security breach on systems holding personal information such as medical records, addresses and bank details – reports the Lincolnite yesterday. Emails were at first not impacted by the breach but have now been affected according to reports claiming to be from inside the council. Council staff were ordered to close their computers and turn the power off. At this stage, it is unclear who is behind the incident. Judith […]

TalkTalk website hit by cyber-attack

October 22, 2015 Spilsby Online 0

Police are investigating after a “significant and sustained cyber-attack” on the TalkTalk website, the UK company has confirmed. The phone and broadband provider, which has over 4 million customers in the UK, said credit card and bank details could have been accessed. The Metropolitan Police Cyber Crime Unit is investigating the attack, which happened on Wednesday. It is the second time the company has been targeted by hackers this year. Tristia Harrison, TalkTalk’s managing director […]