Warn­ing af­ter cy­ber at­tack

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A TOOWOOMBA law firm has urged busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als to con­stantly re­main vig­i­lant about on­line se­cu­rity af­ter a cy­ber at­tack on its IT in­fra­struc­ture yes­ter­day.

“One of our staff email ac­counts was com­pro­mised, that was brought to our at­ten­tion by a client,” Clif­ford Gould­son Lawyers di­rec­tor Amanda Tol­son said.

“One client re­ceived an email that wasn’t from us, but ap­peared to be from us.

“It was drawn to our at­ten­tion within 45 min­utes of be­ing sent. We con­tacted our IT providers and shut down that risk by shut­ting down the vul­ner­a­ble ac­count.”

Ms Tol­son said the firm phoned clients of the staff mem­ber whose email had been com­pro­mised and sent out an email to all clients let­ting them know about the breach.

Cy­ber at­tacks are quite com­mon in the le­gal in­dus­try, due to the large amounts of money trans­ferred by law firms. Sev­eral Toowoomba firms are be­lieved to have been the tar­get of at­tacks in re­cent months.

“We’re in an age where these types of at­tacks are only go­ing to be­come more fre­quent,” fel­low di­rec­tor Danny Clif­ford said. “Ev­ery­one in busi­ness needs to be dili­gent in pro­tect­ing in­for­ma­tion and act­ing swiftly if an in­ci­dent oc­curs.”

For tips on how to stay se­cure on­line visit cy­ber.gov.au.

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