Wednesday, 1 October 2014

The phishing assault on Ireland shows no signs of letting up

ESET Ireland is warning about another pair of phishing emails doing the rounds, one trying to grab Eircom passwords, the other pushing a trojan infection

I really wish we could once send out an email saying “nothing to worry about” and one day (perhaps when temperatures in Hell drop substantially) we might be able to, but that day is not today. Today we have to report two new phishing attacks on Irish email addresses.

The first is titled “Dear eircom Subscriber” and pretends to come from Eircom Web Team warning users of being infected with a virus, prompting them to give up their login details to their account to “stop the spread of the virus”:

From: Web Team
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Sent: Friday, September 26, 2014 11:44 AM
Subject: Dear eircom Subscriber

Dear eircom Subscriber,
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Virus Notification

This message is from eircom web team messaging service to all account holder.A DGTFX Virus has been detected on your account folders. Your email account has to be upgraded to our new Secured DGTFX anti-virus 2015 version to prevent damages to our web mail log and to your important files. Click your reply tab, Fill the columns below and send back to us or your email account will be terminated to avoid spread of the virus.

1. First Name & Last Name:
2. Full Login Email Address:
3. Username:
4. Password:
5. Retype Password:

Note that your password will be encrypted with 1024-bit RSA keys for your password safety.

Thank you for your co-operation.
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© 2014 eircom. All rights reserved.

It is, of course, all rubbish, and the scammers just want to get hold of users’ usernames and passwords to abuse their Eircom accounts, steal identity and commit various forms of fraud.

The second one is even a bit more malicious. This one claims to be from the Royal Bank of Canada, and tries to lure potential victims to click on links, with the promise of updates to their user accounts. But the links are actually infected with a drive-by download of Win32/TrojanDownloader.Waski.A trojan, a nasty piece of malware that makes computers vulnerable to cybercriminals, who can infect them with password-grabbing or bank-account-stealing spyware or use them to dispatch more malware or various illegal content:

Subject:      User Roles Waiting For Approval
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 20:36:12 +0000
From: RBC Express


Dear RBC Express Customer,

Your RBC Express users roles have been updated. Please review and approve the changes made to your companies RBC Express users in order for them to become active.

Login at :
-link removed for safety-

Under Administration tasks, select Manage Users Review and Approve the changes brought to your Users Roles showing as awaiting approval.
You can edit or delete the changes initiated by your system administrator

Roles based security is the recommended way to assign permissions to users. You can set up one or many roles to suit the need of your organisation or your business processes. It is possible to assign permissions to roles in order to restrict or allow access to the various areas and features of the system.

Roles can be assigned to users through the user administration section for the RBC Royal Bank Express online payments Service in the corporate portal. A user who has been assigned a role automatically receives the same permissions as the role.

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Royal Bank of Canada Website, 1995-2014.

ESET Ireland recommends Irish computer users to be vigilant when receiving emails, tagging them as spam and deleting them immediately, without replying or clicking any links they contain. Also make sure your operating system and antivirus software are updated to the latest, to prevent possible infections.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

2014 Eircom Spider Awards Deadline extended

Deadline is now 12pm, Wednesday, the 8th of October. This will hopefully give you more time to submit your entries.  
The awards will highlight digital achievements over the past 12 months across a range of categories including: financial services, tourism, charity, retail, news, education, entertainment, web design, user experience, social media and sports. (2014 categories)

..more good news!
From today until the deadline, the following categories are FREE TO ENTER:

-Rich Media
-Digital Game
-Web Analytics & Optimisation
-Charitable & Non Profit Organisations
- Digital Geography/ Location Based Services

Broadband proposal for Mid West's rural communities

The European Union has been called on to back a proposal to bridge the digital divide in rural communities of Clare, Limerick and Tipperary which are unable to access fibre or wireless broadband services.

The Southern & Eastern Regional Assembly Mid-West Office (formerly Mid West Regional Office) and Clare-based Slí Nua Development are partners of an EU-funded Satellite Broadband for European Regions project (SABER).

The network met in Brussels today to launch a Satellite Broadband Voucher Scheme which it said should be implemented by the members of the EU and their regional governments to encourage awareness and take-up of satellite broadband solutions across Europe’s most rural regions.

The meeting brought together representatives from 21 European regional authorities, satellite experts and key influencers, including Eutelsat, SES Broadband Services, Airbus Defence and Space, to examine how to accelerate broadband adoption in rural areas.

Majella O’Brien, EU Projects Officer, SERA Mid West Office said theSatellite Broadband Voucher Scheme would be of assistance to communities in the Mid West which have yet to benefit under successive National Broadband schemes and are unlikely to be able to access affordable broadband services in the near future.

“Satellite broadband is a practical and viable solution today but the expense associated with setting up and subscribing to the service can be prohibitive for many. Unlike in North America and Australia, Europe has been relatively slow to drive awareness, acceptance and adoption of satellite technology," she explained.

Ms. O'Brien continued: "Satellite broadband is a viable option for many rural communities which find themselves in a broadband black spot. The Satellite Broadband Voucher Scheme is one method of increasing its take up and helping rural households and business to bridge the digital divide."

Patrick Sullivan of Slí Nua Development, an economic development company and SABER project member based in the rural East Clare village of Ogonnelloe, is also backing the proposed Satellite Broadband Voucher Scheme.

"In this digital world, it has been widely accepted that business competitiveness relies on having access to affordable broadband services," he explained, "However, businesses that are located in remote and rural areas of Limerick, Clare and Tipperary for example, are disadvantaged because they are not able to access affordable broadband services; especially at the higher broadband speeds that are necessary for them to exploit the increasing number of ICT applications and services that are now available on the market."

Mr. Sullivan said one solution to addressing the digital divide is the delivery of Broadband Services through satellites, in the same way as many of us receive our television programmes.

He continued: "Significant technological advancements have been made in satellite technology which has resulted in this being a reliable medium for the delivery of broadband services.  Businesses in rural and remote areas can therefore now gain access to broadband services through satellite technology."

Mr. Sullivan said that the SABER project has developed guidance, in particular targeted at Regional Policy makers, to make them aware that Satellite technology is available to deliver broadband services. The guidance, written by Slí Nua Development and Eutelsat, and which has been reviewed by 17 regions from across Europe, has focussed on the selection of appropriate technologies and deployment models; building the business case for investing in broadband support programmes; exploring funding options; dealing with state aid; and procuring satellite solutions. 

"Through supporting the development of this guidance, the European Commission has sought to encourage Regional Policy makers from across Europe to consider satellite solutions when preparing their plans to bridge the digital divide in their respective areas," added Mr. Sullivan.

Led by CSI-Piemonte in Italy, the 24-month SABER project is partially EU-funded and involves 26 partners, 21 regional authorities and ICT public and private organisations supporting regions in broadband deployment representing 13 countries. During its lifespan, the SABER project has published important, practical information, guidelines and toolkits (some available in several languages) to help national and regional governments close the European Digital Divide by using satellite broadband technology.  

For more visit www.project-saber.eu.