By Patrick Flannery
Got the following from Brendan Charters
Just a heads up to contractor nation – there are a tonne of phishing email scams out there targeting contractors of late.
We got hit last week – our servers overtaken by ransomware. Fortunately we had a backup that was only 2 weeks old, but wanted to warn our colleagues as it is costly and debilitating and not what any of us need right now!
Be sure you have a regular backup (cloud or physical hard drive)…and check to make sure its working – we had both and only one functioned as designed.
We suspect it came from a link a lot of people received for a custom home quote from firstname.lastname@example.org as we never received a reply and are now receiving GC for industrial project leads from the same sender, with just a link. Shortly after that email our servers were fully encrypted.
We have never felt more our old age than now….we thought this stuff only happened to octogenarians!