Whatever the medium, keep up your guard

 

 

As April marks the start of the new tax year, it can be expected that you could receive communication from HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs).  Unfortunately, the cybercriminals are well-aware of this fact and will exploit this anniversary to catch us off our guard.  Back in 2016, we wrote a guide on how to spot a dodgy tax email; check out our blog https://computertroubleshooters.co.uk/tonbridge/commentary/new-tax-year-watch-rogue-emails/.

It now transpires that your phishing worries do not stop when you turn off your computer.  My colleague received a seemingly innocuous text message from “HMRC” – we took a screen print for you to see it.  Please don’t click on the link if you receive such an unsolicited text; it could unleash malware with dire consequences onto your mobile device.

Fortunately, we have ways and means of viewing links in a safe environment, which led us to a “government” website requesting Date of Birth and National Insurance Number to continue; classic coveted personal identity data of great value to hackers.  You can see from the screen print that the website looks quite authentic at first glance.  The font matches government sites, and there is even an official-looking insignia at the bottom.

The moral of this story: every form of communication is vulnerable to cyber-attack.

Don’t assume that messages to your private mobile number are safe.  Always take a moment to double-check before you click a link.  If in doubt, use a different medium to check with the sender.

At Computer Troubleshooters, we implement measures to protect our business customers from hackers, detecting malware before it hits your systems and educating your users to raise their guard.  We’re happy to review your company’s IT setup and security arrangements – give us a call!