Friday 23rd June saw a sustained cyber-attack against the UK parliament where up to 90 email accounts were hacked. The incidentgave rise to blackmail fears after hackers tried to break in to the accounts of MPs by searching for weak passwords.Reports suggest the houses of common Wi-Fi password is commonly known and that a worker in a McDonald’s branch across the road knew the password for Parliament’s Wi-Fi network.
International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said: “We have seen reports in the last few days of even cabinet ministers’ passwords being for sale online.And it’s a warning to everybody, whether they are in Parliament or elsewhere, that they need to do everything possible to maintain their own cyber-security.”
All this comes only 1 month after the large-scale WannaCry ransomware attack across the globe, crippling companies and critical government services including the National-Health-Service in the UK.
T&VS Recommendations to protect against future malware
The following are general security best practice advice:
- Always ensure your Microsoft patches are up-to-date.
- Enable firewalls and disable the following ports 137,138,139,445. These are the ports ransomware utilises.
- Ensure Antivirus software is up-to-date.
- Stop using any unsupported windows Operating System. Always aim to regularly upgrade to the latest OS.
- Disable Microsoft server message block (SMB)
- Regularly perform a secure backup of data into the cloud. This will allow a quick restore of data if an attack does occur.
- Always be aware of phishing attacks. Avoid vulnerable websites and emails.
- Finally, we would recommend you increase security awareness and give training for end users on how to protect themselves going forward.
Let T&VS ensure you are protected going forward. Our security team will analyse your infrastructure for potential weaknesses and provide assistance in ongoing security measures. If you would like to know more, please see T&VS Security or contact us via email.T&VS experts will provide a simple step-by-step guide to the actions you can take now to ensure your systems are protected.
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