Entries by Hayden Kirk

A New Phishing Threat

There is a new Phishing threat making the rounds which combine quite a bit of research on behalf of the attacker, along with a bit of social engineering. Over the last few weeks, a number of our customers have seen what look like an internal email from either a CFO, CTO or CEO asking for […]

Petya – Not all Cryptoviruses are equal

The latest round of Cryptovirus hit yesterday. Petya, named after a similar virus, which shares very little with the original, hit with the same destructive force as the WannaCry virus last month, this time without a ‘kill switch’. Originating in Ukraine via a company called M.E.Doc, a tax company, the cryptovirus was spread by using […]

Microsoft 0-Day Exploits

On Tuesday 12th April (US time) Microsoft had identified a security breach within their Microsoft Office Suites.  Microsoft has acted quickly and have rolled out a batch of updates that plug the security holes. This type of attack is known as zero-day exploits and are often attempted by hackers before or on the day that […]

Backup; A Thing of the Past

If you are talking about backup, you’re living in the past. The North Canterbury 7.8m earthquake on the 14th of November, 2016 was very reminiscent of the Christchurch earthquake of 2011. Businesses in the South Island have been forced to close, with those in Kaikoura majorly affected, some irreparably so. Wellington did not escape either, of […]

LinkedIn data breach – Act now!

Back in June 2012, LinkedIn was hacked by Russian hackers who stole approximately 6.5 million usernames and passwords. At least that is what was reported at the time. However, in May 2016 it was ‘discovered’ that a further 100 million email address and passwords had been taken in the attack. This reveals what was a […]

The State of Windows 10 – April 2016

To upgrade now, or to upgrade now? That is the question No – you didn’t read that wrong. This, of course, refers to that famous quote which deals with a fundamental question about the human ‘operating system’. As far as your computer’s operating system, Microsoft is trying to take away the question and make it […]

Filecloud 2.5 – Selective Sync

Layer3 is proud to announce the availability of the latest version of Filecloud, 2.5.0. One of the biggest improvements is the introduction of selective sync. Selective Sync To understand selective sync, you need to understand why file sync is a good thing — and when it can become too much of a good thing. Anyone […]

Cryptolocker ‘Locky’ – The Layer3 Defence

It’s that time again. Time for another round of Cryptolockers. This time ‘Locky’. If you don’t already know, a Cryptolocker is a virus which infects your computer through social engineering such as a fake invoice through email, or an email asking you to visit a suspect website. Cryptolockers were initially very hard to combat. Many antivirus vendors […]

Microsoft Office 365/Azure Price Increases

You may not be aware, but Microsoft’s online services are increasing in price from the 1st of April 2016. Specifically, in the New Zealand market, prices of Office 365 and Azure services are to rise by 22% across the board. Microsoft periodically assesses the impact of its pricing to ensure there is a reasonable alignment […]

Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 end of life

As you all have heard by now, Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 has reached end of support as of the 14th of April 2014. All Layer3 customers that have older Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 software will have been contacted by myself to work on a strategy of migrating away from the affected […]