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IT firm warns on password hackers…

Submitted by on February 24, 2014 – 7:44 am |


passwords captureIT services provider the Stack Group has warned that businesses and individuals need to be more careful with passwords or put at risk their whole online activities.

Jeff Orr, CEO of the Stack Group said: “Thousands of Tesco clients recently had their accounts hacked using information acquired from security breaches of other websites.  This is the danger, when people use the same password for all their logins, if there is one breach on one site, details can then be used to hack a persons’ whole online profile, from social media sites to bank accounts and shopping sites.”

During the Tesco attack more than 2,240 login details for customer accounts appeared on a text sharing site Pastebin and some customers complained that shopping vouchers they had, had gone missing from their accounts.

It was only recently there was another massive data breach when hackers stole nearly two million usernames and passwords for accounts on Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo and others.  This was done through a network of compromised computers which were then wired up to a hacking server.  Hackers used the compromised computers to spam websites or in this case used key logging software to steal details. The software did this by recording which keys were being pressed on a keyboard and sending this information to the hackers.

Jeff said: “We are seeing increasing levels of attacks and attempts to get people’s data and it’s often users that are making it easy for hackers by not updating their antivirus software or by using simple passwords like admin or 123 across multiple sites.”

He added: “It’s not just individuals either who are doing this; we’ve worked with businesses in the past that are also using only the simplest password protection across a number of different accounts.  Hackers are on the increase and the virus software being developing is growing more complex, businesses need to ensure they are dong everything they can to protect themselves or they could become a victim to a major security breach which could cost their business a fortune.”

The Stack Group is based in Liverpool and began life in 1979.  The firm is now the leading IT and Cloud services provider in the North West.

For more information on Stack’s bespoke IT services call 0151 521 22020151 521 2202 or email sales@stack.co.uk


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