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East Midlands businesses warned about new scam: Malicious USB drives turning up in the post

East Midlands businesses warned about new scam: Malicious USB drives turning up in the post

Businesses in the East Midlands are being warned of a brand-new scam where cyber criminals are using very old fashioned methods.


Normally criminals try to hack into a business’s systems through the internet – often by breaking into someone’s email or looking for weak passwords.

But security researchers have spotted that one criminal gang is now posting out USB drives.

“These drives turn up in a gift box with a fake thank you letter,” explained Lee Hewson, of IT support company Your IT Department.

“The criminals are hoping someone in the business will open the box, believe it’s a gift and put the USB drive into their computer.”

Lee added:

“But in doing so they would accidentally give the hacker direct access to their computer, through malicious software loaded on the USB.

“We’re now warning all businesses to spread the word about this to their staff.”

All businesses should offer their staff regular training on cyber security threats.

Software can protect businesses, but well-trained staff will increase the protection tenfold, and act as the first line of defence.

Your IT was formed in 2009 and specialises in supporting local businesses in Nottingham, Leicester and across the entire Midlands area.


About Your IT Department Ltd

Founded in 2009 Your IT Department are one of the UK’s leading IT Support Providers. Based in the East Midlands, Your IT employs 18 staff and provides IT Services to across the UK.

Your IT provide the highest levels of technical support and customer service and are internationally recognised; ranking 5th in the UK in the 2021 Channel Futures MSP 501 competition, the world’s largest independent assessment of businesses in the sector. The business finished 97th in the World.

We act as an outsourced but fully integrated IT Department for our clients, an extension of their business and a true technology partner.

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