All About The Royal Mail Cyber Security Breach & Why It May Affect You.

16 January 2023


All About The Royal Mail Cyber Security Breach & Why It May Affect You.

Last week Royal Mail experienced a major cyber security breach on their systems by Lockbit. This is preventing people from shipping overseas until this is fixed. The ransomware gang did this by infecting the label printing machines, leaving hundreds of thousands of mail being stuck in limbo. To read more about it; check out this article by Sky News. 

If they can do this to a big company like Royal Mail, what’s stopping them from targeting companies such as yours? 

You probably have a lot of questions right now, so we’ve answered a couple in this blog post. If you have any more, please don’t hesitate to contact us. 

What happens if I get targeted/attacked?

Your systems will become encrypted by a hidden software program that will prevent you from using your files, data and programs; grinding your business to a halt. You will then be presented with a splash screen which will demand crypto currency or bitcoin as a ransom. 

What will this cost me and my business?

In 2023, 1 Bitcoin is worth approximately £17k. The ransom could range between 1 and 5 Bitcoin or even more. This cyber security breach is extremely costly.

If I pay the ransom will I get my data restored?

Unfortunately, this is extremely unlikely. It is highly likely that these criminals will be selling your data on the Dark Web whether you pay the ransom or not. They’re greedy for money and that’s all they care about.

What can I do?

There are many ways to prevent this from happening. Antivirus is just the starting point. However, due to the severity of these security breaches, you’ll need stronger protection. 

  • Never open a link from an email unless you have requested it.
  • Ensure that all emails with links or attachments are emails that you are expecting. 
  • Double check the email address to ensure you recognise the contact. 
  • If you can’t verify the email, delete it ASAP. 

How can we help?

We are partnered with three organisations to help us offer you the right protection with the right real time proactive protection. We report back to you monthly on the number of attack preventions and we can instantly stop an attack before you know about it.

Endpoint security from Sentinel One. £9.80 + VAT per device per month. This gives you complete security from cyber threats. We have a central reporting system at our office that alerts us of any threats before you know about it. This helps us quietly remove any problems or if the threat is serious we can call all ports immediately and call you to fix the problem.

Viper Antivirus for day to day virus & malware protection for £65 + VAT for 1 years protection. You will receive real time notifications as and when needed. However this software does not slow your machine down like some software does.

Email protection £4.99 + VAT per mailbox per month from Proofpoint. – you will receive email notifications if an email is quarantined and have the opportunity to release it, if necessary.

To book your FREE consultation with us today, please fill out the contact form or give us a call via 0113 856 2951. 

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