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Ransomware Update

Ransomeware updateRansomware Update

Adobe Systems makers of the widely used flash software for internet browsers with over 1 billion users has issued an emergency update on Thursday to patch newly discovered security flaw . The new security update is for OS X, Windows, Linux and Chrome OS. This update has been issued to resolve “critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system” in other words Ransomware.

 

The topic of Ransomware is something we have highlighted a few times in the past couple of months. For those who missed those posts: Ransomware and what you need to know.

 

Ransomware is effectively a virus, usually delivered through an email attachment that infects a computer or network and allows hackers to hold your company data hostage. Recent attacks have seen hackers demanding sums of more than €20,000 and threating to delete all business data if they don’t receive it. Read: Ransomware and what you need to know.

 

To protect against these type of attacks Sleepless recommends installing an up-to-date security software such as Webroot.

 

Webroot is the world’s smallest and fastest endpoint security client, a smarter way to solve malware prevention and endpoint security performance and management issues. Read more on Webroot.

 

For information on how to protect your business from the threat of ransomware read: Ransomware and what you need to know or contact Sleepless.

 

Why choose Sleepless:

  • Sleepless Infrastructure is located in Ireland, Dublin | Galway and UK, London. The Dublin and London facilities hold all the global certifications that are generally required by the industry e.g. ISO 27001 / 9000 PCI DSS etc. Sleepless are registered as a Data Processor with the Irish Data Protection Commissioner
  • Sleepless operate our business in accordance with standards set down by ISO 27001, ensuring Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability of all customer data.
  • Sleepless have a proven track record of providing an excellent quality of service for our customers and bring significant experience and technical knowhow to your application. Sleepless have a fully manned helpdesk, based out of HQ in Galway City

 

 

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It’s World Backup Day – 31ST March 2016

World Backup Day 2016

Have you protected your business critical files from the threats of hardware failure, human error and disaster?

If you haven’t, well there’s no better day than today to start!

Traditional fears of hardware failure, human error such as file deletion and disasters are no longer the main reasons to backup your data. Cyber threats such as Cryptolocker and Ransomware , is a growing threat to businesses and becoming a main factor for choosing online data backup. Cryptolocker is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system and its data until a sum of money is paid.

 

Three Steps to improving your data protection:

  1. Always ensure your critical data is backed up and offsite.
  2. Keep your operating systems on the most up-to-date versions. The security patches and software updates are important.
  3. Be aware of suspicious emails or clicking on links from unknown sources, these could be a phishing scheme or Ransomware.

 

To celebrate World Backup Day and help you keep your business critical data secure, Sleepless are offering a 12 Months for the price of 11.

 

To take advantage of World Backup Day special offers with Sleepless; 

 

 

Choose from 3 World Leading Backup Solutions:

Sleepless Gold Backup – a great value reliable solution that backs up from and source and recovers to any destination.

Platinum Backup – one of the most innovative backup technologies available, our platinum backup solution has security integrated into the core of its DNA.

Veeam Cloud Connect – extend your backup infrastructure to the cloud. If you’re running Veeam onsite you can now select Sleepless as a target for your offsite backups.

 

 

Why choose Sleepless:

  • Sleepless Infrastructure is located in Ireland, Dublin | Galway and UK, London. The Dublin and London facilities hold all the global certifications that are generally required by the industry e.g. ISO 27001 / 9000 PCI DSS etc. Sleepless are registered as a Data Processor with the Irish Data Protection Commissioner
  • Sleepless operate our business in accordance with standards set down by ISO 27001, ensuring Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability of all customer data.
  • Sleepless have a proven track record of providing an excellent quality of service for our customers and bring significant experience and technical knowhow to your application. Sleepless have a fully manned helpdesk, based out of HQ in Galway City

 

 

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Ransomware and what you need to know

Ransomware and what you need to know

The threat posed by ransomware has grown exponentially over the years with hackers seeking new ways to monetise their malware. The most well-known examples of ransomware are:

1. Cryptolocker
2. Cryptowall

1. Cryptolocker

Cryptolocker is a ransom trojan that first came on the scene in late 2013. It was targeted at Windows machines with the most common method of infection being through email attachments. It is believed that from its launch to its isolation (June 2014), that criminals extorted as much as $3,000,000 from victims of the trojan.

2. Cryptowall

Cryptowall is also a Trojan that operates in the same manor to its predecessor Cryptolocker. Cryptowall unlike Cryptolocker however, is still very much active and is believed to have accrued over $325 million in 2015 alone.

Also according to Silicon Republic, and unlike like with previous ransomware attacks, hackers are now attacking Macs as well as Windows systems.

How does ransomware work?

Ransomware is effectively a virus, usually delivered through an email attachment that infects a computer or network and allows hackers to hold your company data hostage. Recent attacks have seen hackers demanding sums of more than €20,000 and threating to delete all business data if they don’t receive it.

How can you protect against ransomware attacks?

The first step to protecting against this type of attack is to block it. To do this we would recommend installing an up-to-date security software such as Webroot.

Since ransomware is usually delivered through email attachments we would also advise all businesses to ensure that their employees are familiar with identifying malicious or suspicious emails.

If you have a computer on your network that shows any sign of infection, isolate it. Do this by unplugging any network cables and disabling WiFi.

Finally, to keep it safe you must backup. This is something that all businesses should be doing regardless and is an essential part of keeping your critical data safe.

 

For information on Webroot or the best backup solution for your business contact Sleepless.

 

 

World Backup Day 22

To mark World Backup Day “March 31st” – Sleepless are offering 1 month free on all annually billed backup solutions throughout the month of March. This offer includes Veeam Cloud Connect, Gold Backup with Acronis and our Attix5 Platinum backup.

 

Why choose Sleepless:

  • Sleepless Infrastructure is located in Ireland, Dublin | Galway and UK, London. The Dublin and London facilities hold all the global certifications that are generally required by the industry e.g. ISO 27001 / 9000 PCI DSS etc. Sleepless are registered as a Data Processor with the Irish Data Protection Commissioner
  • Sleepless operate our business in accordance with standards set down by ISO 27001, ensuring Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability of all customer data.
  • Sleepless have a proven track record of providing an excellent quality of service for our customers and bring significant experience and technical knowhow to your application. Sleepless have a fully manned helpdesk, based out of HQ in Galway City

 

 

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