Twitter accounts hacked

The news broke recently that major US Twitter accounts were hacked in a Bitcoin scam.

The Twitter accounts of notable billionaires were hacked, on Wednesday afternoon. These included Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Tesla founder Elon Musk, rapper Kanye West, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Politicians’ accounts, including Joe Biden and Barack Obama, were also affected soon after. “I am giving back to the community,” the tweets read. “All Bitcoin sent to the address below will be sent back doubled!”. The link to the Bitcoin wallet is consistent throughout all the tweets, suggesting a cryptocurrency scam.

The bulk of the messages have been deleted, though screenshots remain of several affected accounts:

Twitter has acknowledged the problem, but we are still very short on detail. The Biden campaign stated that the platform locked his account immediately after the breach, and removed the tweet. As part of the Twitter’s effort to solve the problem, verified accounts were restricted from tweeting for several periods on Wednesday night. The internet was alive to rumours of the removal of the verification badge.

Twitter accounts hacked

What’s the scam?

Hackers broke into the high-profile Twitter accounts and sent fake tweets offering $2,000 for every $1,000 sent to an anonymous Bitcoin address.

For instance, the message sent from  Elon Musk’s account said, “All bitcoins sent to my address below will be sent back double the amount. If you send $1,000, I will send back $2,000.” Likewise, information spread from Bill Gates’ Twitter handle said: “Everyone is asking me to give back, and now is the time.”

How did they do it?

Whilst there has been no official announcement of the method the hackers used, there are strong and consistent rumours originating from those who should know the truth. It appears that high level administration accounts were compromised, possibly through some form of social engineering, phishing or some say an ex-employee. Doubtless the truth will out. Either way this is a timely remind to lockdown your admin accounts!

Lessons for us from Twitter accounts hacked

There are no free lunches and no easy money. As an investor, you should always doubt information or schemes that offer to you an opportunity to make quick money in a very short period. The financial victims were just greedy. The other victim is the end user who places their trust in a large organization that we should be able to be rely upon to secure our data.

“Hackers had complete access to Twitter. They could post anything from any account. But they chose to seek bitcoins through false promises. People should be more careful. Most crypto giveaways that ask for contributions are scams. We hope this brings awareness, and Twitter users do not fall for these kinds of scams again,” said Arjun Vijay, Co-Founder and COO, Giottus Cryptocurrency Exchange.

Emergency response

Twitter earlier had to take the extraordinary step of stopping many verified accounts marked with blue ticks from tweeting altogether. Password reset requests were also being denied and some other “account functions” disabled. You may be sure that behind closed doors the Twitter investigation with the assistance of the FBI will be exhaustive. The reputational damage from the Twitter accounts hacked can not be over estimated.

Does your business also need an emergency response?

We would strongly urge you to review who has adminstrator rights to your world. Are you immune to this cyber threat? At the end of the day Twitter suffered from poor house keeping by a large corporate.

Protect your business with LIS

With immediate effect, we will add our Office 365 Security package to all our customers, at no cost. Amongst other benefits this gives you a monthly review of all users with administrator access and alert/approval for any changes that may occur. Irrespective of whether the change came about through staff action, hacking or some form of social engineering. We would offer it to Twitter but that horse has bolted 😀.

A strong defence against cyber-crime is essential for your business. Protect your business data and sensitive information as it flows across your organisation. Our solutions enable us to understand where you are vulnerable. We can take proactive steps to help prevent and respond to threats, in order to reduce the potential risk to your business.

Contact the LIS Help Desk to migrate to Office 365 if you don’t already subscribe. Take advantage of our Office 365 Security Package special offer. Make sure your data and email are fully protected.

Our Office 365 Security Package is a bundle of software tools, that includes:

Finally, if you need them our managed anti-virus and anti-spam protection services can be deployed within minutes. LIS provides essential protection for your business, defending you from email viruses, spam and malware.

Do not gamble with your business security – we give you peace of mind!

Covid-19 accelerates digital

Covid-19 accelerates digital transformation efforts by over five years. Digital transformation in the B2B sector is being fast-tracked to address immediate needs due to the pandemic. With a majority of those surveyed (54%) saying that their customer relations were strained, developing or non-existent. 41% said that selling directly to customers online is the most significant opportunity in the next year. While another 36% wanted to provide their sales teams with the right digital sales tools.

71% of digital leaders also agreed that their company’s digital experiences do not meet their client expectations. This means that consequently, 85% of these leaders expect their digital experience budgets to increase, economic downturn notwithstanding.

Apprehensions around digitisation remain, with 61% of B2B leaders fearing that AI will replace human workers within five years. But, 82% expected AI to make them better at their job in the next two years. Read the full article about how Covid-19 accelerates digital transformation on the YouGov website.

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During the pandemic, businesses are turning a negative into a positive. They are looking to streamline their operations and how they do business.

5 reasons how Covid-19 accelerates digital efforts for businesses

1. Enhancing employee collaboration during the COVID-19 outbreak

Remote work has come, and it’s here to stay. Experts and business leaders agree that companies across the globe will keep supporting remote work even after this crisis is done.

This situation where employees are physically separated has completely changed the way our employees collaborate and work together.

The key business impact trigger will be a result of the quarantines, travel restrictions, school closures and sick family members. However, many organizations have already realized that technology can help organizations better adapt to the current changing situation.

2. Ensuring the right flow of information

In times of crisis such as the coronavirus pandemic, your internal communication should be clear, transparent, and easy to understand. What’s more, it is extremely important to be able to reach the right employees at the right time with the right message.

This is the time when employers, leaders and internal communicators should drastically improve their communication efforts.
3. Maintaining employee productivity during the crisis

Most companies have made arrangements to accommodate remote working  already at the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak. Indeed, their priority was to protect their employees and help reduce the spread of the virus.

Businesses are now looking for solutions to maintain employees’ productivity while working from home during the pandemic.

4. Enabling leaders for success

During these times, it is crucial that business leaders and managers demonstrate good leadership skills in order to increase business resilience and prepare for rebound and future growth.

5. Planning for business continuity

Business leaders have to plan for post-pandemic recovery already now. They need to implement the right strategy and tools now to limit damages on their business.

How can LIS help your business?

The benefits of having the right digital tools in place during a crisis such as COVID-19 are obvious and significant. As the way we do business has drastically changed in the last few months. Only the companies that adapt to these changes can succeed.

Contact the LIS Help Desk to discuss your IT support options. Office 365, email, domain names, hosting, security, anti-spam, antivirus and telecoms. Our friendly and knowledgeable team will be happy to assist you.

E-commerce Website Security

Is your e-commerce website security up to date?

Protect against web-skimming and client-side attacks. A campaign discovered by Malwarebytes Labs in mid-April has lifted credentials from a number of e-commerce portals. Read the full article by Threat Post. Businesses need to understand the main types of e-commerce threats and e-commerce website security should be taken seriously.

What is a credit card skimmer?

Credit card skimming is a type of credit card theft. Cyber criminals use a small device to steal credit card information in an otherwise legitimate credit or debit card transaction. When a credit or debit card is swiped through a skimmer, the device captures and stores all the details stored in the card’s magnetic stripe. The web equivalent is a piece of software that diverts your credit card details to criminals but allows the genuine transaction to go through, so no-one knows any different.

Mitigate client-side risks before they happen. Make sure your website is secure and up to date. Start protecting your online shoppers right now.

Safe shopping experience

Securing your e-commerce business website is critical. This will maintain your reputation, consumer satisfaction and revenue. This is especially true in the current climate. Businesses are moving quickly towards online sales. Consumer habits are changing rapidly. Hackers are working hard to take advantage.

E-commerce Website Security

Ecommerce sites can be popular targets for hackers because they work with sensitive and personal information. This means cyber criminals have a lot to gain from getting in to the system.

Outdated techniques lead to some blind-sided attacks?

Third-party codes, such as JavaScript and embedded iFrames, mean the code is running outside of your control on your site. If the comprised code can invisibly intercept each transaction, steal the data or modify it without you being aware.

These client-side attacks, like web skimming, can cause customer’s data stealing directly from their browser. As a result, leading to sensitive information and payment data theft. Malicious code could be on your website, typically for in excess of 30 days. These types of attacks are a serious threat to online business and will damage your reputation.

Case study

In March 2020, the household brand Tupperware, known for its plastic food container products, was infiltrated by hackers. Using digital skimming code that compromised personal and financial information of almost a million monthly visitors.

The hackers were able to place malicious code on Tupperware’s website to collect details of payment cards that buyers filled in while making purchases. The malicious code discovered hiding in Tupperware’s website on March 20th 2020 was active for at least five days, according to Malwarebytes. Read the full article published by Teiss.

How can you secure your website?

Make sure all updates are installed as quickly as possible with a managed process. Contact the LIS Help Desk and talk to one of our team. We can provide managed hosting solutions and can look after your website security.

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Professional Domain Names

Did you know that great professional domain names are the easiest way for customers to find you online? You can help your visitors find you by using a domain name that is short and memorable.

Are you still using a generic email address for your business? There are plenty to choose from for example: Gmail, Yahoo, BT, Virgin to name a few. Take a look at a recent article from business.com about why choosing your domain name is so important.

So, what are the benefits of professional domain names?

Protect your business, and brand, by ensuring that you own the rights to your domain. Protect your brand, the best website practice would be to ensure that you own your website domain.

There are many advantages to owning your company’s domain. These are just a few of the most important benefits to consider:

Increase your search ranking

Amongst the hundreds of search ranking factors Google takes into consideration, one of them weighs heavily on domain names. If you own your unique business domain, Google will rank your website higher than those that use free domain names from web hosting sites.

It is all yours

By owning your own domain, you own your company name on the web. This sense of ownership will increase brand awareness and project your company as professional in the digital marketplace which will help grow your business online. Your brand will also build up its credibility. By having a clean domain name your company will stand out and be cohesive throughout your digital strategy and marketing materials.

Professional Domain Names

Struggling with how to choose a domain name? Picking the right domain name is one of the most important things you will need to decide for your business email and website.

Company email accounts

Emailing is a critical activity that every business partakes in, so it is important to have a company email that matches your domain name. For example, your company emails will follow yourname@yourcompany.com. By linking the two you will have instant brand recognition from customers who are trying to contact you. Email marketing campaigns will also be coming from your reputable company email accounts. By having your company name after the @ symbol, you will increase the trust in your customer relationships and have consistent contact information across every employee.

Flexibility with professional domain names

When you own your domain, you have the flexibility to switch web hosts at any time. You will take your domain name and company email addresses with you. If another web hosting company owns your domain, you will not have the option to switch to another website hosting with your domain. Website design and development is constantly changing, along with the web hosting websites, so it is crucial to own your domain.

How can we help you build your audience?

The bottom line is that good professional domain names go a long way toward generating traffic to your website and building your reputation. That, in turn, will result in more customers and better sales.

Right now, for the price of a drink or two, you get endless benefits. A matching website and email address will make your business more professional and let you have control over your online image. If you don’t have your own domain name, contact the LIS Help Desk to speak to our team. LIS have hundreds of domain names to choose from. We are able to offer domain registration, website hosting, email set up and website design.

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Proactive IT Providers

Proactive IT providers can stabilize ever changing client demands, flexible working patterns and compliance issues. Not to mention sudden, disruptive changes to how we all work. Businesses require advanced solutions and strategic IT management.

In these uncertain times our team have gone above and beyond to help our clients. We have implemented, maintained and secured remote working solutions. This feels like an apt time to abandon social etiquette!

Choose the right IT company for your business

We would be interested to hear if your IT provider was proactive or let you down in the COVID-19 crisis. More importantly, were they able to cope with the demand for remote working and have they added any value to your business subsequently?

As staff return to the workplace in the coming weeks many small businesses are looking to restructure their processes and procedures. Therefore, if you feel that you have previously been let down, perhaps now is the perfect time to review matters.

Proactive IT Providers

Keeping business productivity high and downtime low! We pride ourselves on delivering nothing but the very best customer service and solutions to our customers whatever the situation may be.

How can you plan for the future?

Contact the LIS Help desk for a FREE IT AUDIT. Alternatively,  book a 15 minute phone call with one of our experts, for a time that suits you. At LIS we pride ourselves in providing a first-class IT support service, driven by our dedicated friendly team of support professionals.

At LIS we pride ourselves as being  proactive IT providers. Offering a first-class IT support service, driven by our dedicated friendly team of support professionals. Whether you are looking for IT support or telecoms in Essex, our range of managed IT services will cover your every need.

Find out why most small business are not meeting recent guidelines regarding returning to work. Click here to view the support for businesses and self-employed people at the Government website.

Our feelings are that this guidance will have direct implications for your business processes and your IT infrastructure. Take this opportunity to plan and prepare for the new normal. Every business should make every reasonable effort to enable working from home, as their default option.