Attacks on small business (SMEs) have skyrocketed in the last 18 months, as hackers target poorly protected systems for ransom.
You can now buy the software needed to become a hacker on the Dark Web, which means it's getting easier and easier to do. And small businesses are increasingly becoming targets because they are less well protected and by targeting many thousands of them at once the returns to the hacker can be substantial.
In May 2016 sophisticated hackers took control of a number of Kiwi builders’ email accounts, sent out fake invoices and stole thousands of dollars from clients.
Scammers are targeting builders because they are more likely to send invoices for large one-off amounts.
“Not going to happen to me”, I hear you say?
Well, consider this:
It’s happened to us here at CBA Insurances and it’s happened three times now to one Tauranga-based builder.
There are simple steps you can take to minimise your risk of exposure to a cyber attack, including some basic training for you and your staff. There is also good insurance available, which can provide both ongoing support in the event of an attack as well as reimburse losses.