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Cyber security warning from NCA

The National Crime Agency has issued a warning to companies throughout the UK following a suspected hacking attempt. The warning urges companies to review their internet operations and security in light of the attempted cyber crime involving Gameover Zeus and CryptoLocker software.

Law firms are among those that have been advised to review their IT security by the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Firms have been advised to update their internet operating system, install or update anti-virus software, or change passwords in light of an attempted hacking operation. Guidance has been issued by the NCA to attempt to prevent harm caused by Gameover Zeus and CryptoLocker software.

This follows a large law enforcement operation to temporarily disable the organised criminals behind attempts to hack UK bank accounts.

Andy Archibald, Deputy Director of the NCA's National Cyber Crime Unit, said:

Whether you find online security complicated or confusing, or simply haven't thought about keeping your personal or office computers safe for a while, now is the time to take action. Our message is simple: update your operating system and make this a regular occurrence, update your security software and use it and, think twice before clicking on links or attachments in unsolicited emails.

The SRA has already issued advice on cyber crime in its Risk publication, Spiders in the web, which outlines some of the underhand tactics IT criminals try and how they can affect law firms.

Mike Haley, our Director of Supervision, said: "Cyber crime can have a costly effect for firms and for clients. We would urge all firms to review their IT security situation and take the appropriate action if they feel there is a risk that they could be compromised by the situation the NCA has warned about."

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