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Too many companies are tricked online

20 October 2015

Press release

A new Facebook campaign from the National Agency for Digitisation (Digitaliseringsstyrelsen) and banks in Denmark aims at arming Danish companies against hacker attacks and IT criminals.
An increasing number of companies in Denmark are subject to attacks from hackers and IT criminals. Therefore, the National Agency for Digitisation, together with the Danish Bankers Association, which represents banks in Denmark, will bring attention to how companies can avoid being cheated online in a campaign that will run on Facebook and via the National Agency for Digitisation from today and for the next three weeks.
“We know that companies are increasingly being exposed to ransomware, which is a digital form of hostage-taking, where hackers obtain access to companies’ computers and encrypt files and documents, so that these can no longer be accessed,” the Executive Director at the Danish Bankers Association, Michael Busk-Jepsen explains and continues:
“Afterwards, hackers demand a ransom for giving the company access to its files again. The process often starts with an employee clicking on a link in an email from a seemingly trustworthy source. This can lead to losing data and large financial sums.”
Michael Busk-Jepsen has one very simple piece of advice for companies:
“As a rule of thumb you should never click on a link or type information in a message from an external company or bank. If they wish to contact your company and have information, then they will refer you to the front page of their website or ask you to log on to your online bank,” The Danish Bankers Association’s Executive Director says.

A smaller company lost DKK 1 million

At the beginning of the year, Aalborg Farve og Lak lost up to DKK 1 million when a hacker took control over the company’s computers and locked all files. At first, the company from northern Jutland agreed to a ransom sum of DKK 3,000, but they quickly decided not to start negotiations.
“We were told that it often takes a long time before data is released – that is, if you even get the data again. Therefore, we decided to start from scratch. But it has been a huge expense to recreate all our files, as our IT company had not taken a backup copy. So, my advice to other companies is to make sure that you have professionals to take continual backup copies of your data. And, of course, it is important that the company’s systems are updated with a secure firewall,” Pernille Skall, Sales and HR Manager at Aalborg Farve and Lak, said.

New campaign will help with IT security

Today, the Agency for Digitisation and banks in Denmark are starting a campaign, “Safe Online” to combat these situations. The campaign will prepare Danes and companies to move around more securely on the internet.
“More and more people and companies in Denmark are being subjected to attacks from IT criminals. With this campaign, we want to make others aware of terms such as phishing and ransomware, as well as the common methods, which are used time after time to deceive Danes. The aim is to ensure that citizens and companies are better prepared and able to avoid online fraud in the future so that we can create common digital security and trust within the population,” Cecile Christensen, Head of Division at the National Agency of Digitisation says.
According to the report “The population's behaviour online” (2015) (Befolkningens adfærd på nettet), 97% of the Danish population are online, while almost every third Dane is willing to pass on personal data online.
The campaign is headlined by the television presenter, Felix Smith. You can read more about the campaign atånettet (information available in Danish).
The figures in this press release are based on the reports “The population's behaviour online (2015)” (Befolkningens adfærd på nettet), “Citizens’ Information Security (2015)” (Borgernes informationssikkerhed) and “DKCERT Trend Report (2014)” (DKCERT Trendrapport).
Facts: What companies need to be aware of
  • Keep operating systems and programs updated.
  • Use security programs (antivirus, antispyware, firewall software etc.).
  • Always take a backup copy of existing files.
  • Be careful when opening attached files or links that you received without asking.
  • Use secure passwords consisting of at least eight characters, preferably more. Codes should be made up of capital and small letters, numbers and special characters.
  • Do not use the same password for different services.
  • Do not click on links in emails that ask for confidential information.
  • Protect mobile devices and wireless networks with a code.
  • Avoid unprotected wireless networks. If you have to use an unprotected wireless network set your phone to forget it when you are finished.
Source: DKCERT, the National Agency for Digitisation and the Danish Bankers Association
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