As the end of the year draws to a close, many of us are taking to the internet to finish our shopping, or in some cases start it, and prepare for the festivities ahead of us.

Unfortunately, as we eagerly fill our baskets and hit the ‘checkout’ button many of us are blissfully unaware that online fraud during this period has increased by 24% in the last three years, with victims losing nearly eleven and a half million pounds.

Last week, ITV’s Tonight programme tested how susceptible six members of the public were to fake emails and texts using techniques well known within our industry and referred to as ‘Phishing’ and ‘Smishing’. Alarmingly, four out of the six members of the public fell for the scam and gave away their login credentials for their online accounts.

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28 November 2018 – London – Sapphire, trusted security partner today announced a new partnership with TrapX Security, the global leader in deception technology. Now available to businesses across the UK, Sapphire ‘s portfolio has been strengthened by the TrapX DeceptionGrid platform, taking the fight against cyber-attacks to the next level.

Protecting networks against a multitude of attacks including malicious insiders and sophisticated cybercriminals, DeceptionGrid, named the Best Deception Technology of 2018, lays decoys and lures attackers away from the network and into a contained environment.

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Last Thursday, another major breach hit the news, as British Airways announced that its website and mobile application had been compromised by criminals, which resulted in the theft of 380,000 customer transactions details.

The airline discovered that bookings made between August 21 and September 5 had been infiltrated in a “very sophisticated, malicious criminal attack”, with cyber-criminals obtaining names, street names, email addresses, credit card numbers, expiry dates and even security codes. BA reports that only customers who booked travel and made purchases on the BA site or mobile application within that time window were affected by the breach. Thankfully, stored credit card details are not at risk.

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