Staff Valentine's e-cards are security risk

IT managers are being warned about the real dangers of Valentine’s Day.

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IT managers are being warned about the real dangers of Valentine’s Day.

E-cards are threatening network security in businesses across the country, with potentially millions of bogus e-cards containing malicious software being sent this weekend.

According to research by Sophos, 82 percent of system administrators say electronic greeting cards put computer security at risk.

Sophos says it is important that PC users are educated about the risk of electronic cards, and how to avoid falling victim to cyber criminals that send out hoax greetings cards loaded with malicious software.

"One of the hackers' favourite tricks is to disguise their attack as an e-card from an anonymous admirer, and as Valentine's Day approaches we can expect the fraudsters to redouble their efforts," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.

"System admins are sick to the back teeth of lovelorn workers allowing cybercriminals to breeze into corporate networks, and it wouldn't be a surprise if some want to pour cold water over the festivities and block all electronic Valentines."

Those who don’t receive a card in the post this Saturday are the most likely to open an e-card on Monday morning, hoping they have found a new admirer, Cluley said.

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