A new virus has been reported to be hitting online-users this week. Known as the ‘Peter Pan Virus’ users have been receiving an email detailing their bookings for a pantomime performance of Peter Pan at Bournemouth Pavillion this Christmas.
Now there is a performance of Peter Pan happening at Bournemouth Pavilion this year (and if you want some legitimate tickets you can find them here) but the event holders, BH Live, have issued a statement regarding this phishing issue as they have been absolutely over-run by worried users calling and emailing. BH Live have said that the emails did not come from BH Live or its network, and urged those who had received them not to open any attachments or click on any links.
Now this ‘Peter Pan Virus’ is a phishing email. Within the body of the text it wants you to open the e-ticket. Now opening this attachment opens up your computer to the potential downloading of viruses and malware. The most common malware being used is Cryptolocker. Now Cryptolocker’s general modus operandi is to lock victims outside of their computer, emails and social media until they pay a hefty ransom to the scammers.
So – in light of the virus sweeping the UK -we thought this would be a good time to remind our visitors of the basics of online email security. To start with a great way to avoid this particular scam is to think to yourself – Have I ordered tickets to see Peter Pan? If the answer to this question is no, then don’t open the email.
That might sound like an obvious statement but it a good place to start with online email security and safety.
- Don’t Open unsolicited, unexpected or unwarranted emails
- If you do open an unsolicited email be especially careful of attachments
- Don’t email personal or financial information, even if you are close to the person – you never know who might be looking at them
- Beware of any link which asks for personal information, especially if it comes from within an email. It doesn’t matter if the email looks as though it comes from someone within a company you use regularly. Always ring and double check that you are dealing with the correct person
- Only use secure websites to send or add personal information. If a website URL begins https: then that ‘s’ means that page is using a secure server which provides you with some level of protection. Also look out for the padlock image in the URL bar which also denotes a secure page
- Beware of Pop-Ups – no legitimate company will ever, ever ask you to supply personal information in a pop-up
- Keep your security software updated
- Always check your bank statements and investigate any payments which you don’t remember making
So watch out for online email security threats, but if you follow our 8 rules to avoid phishing you should be well on your way to email security.
If you’ve been receiving a higher level of spam and unsolicited emails than usual you may well have a problem, update your security software or call an IT expert.
If there is anything we at Web Adept can help with then don’t fail to contact us.