Klepto Zepto – How to Reduce Your Chances of Being Hacked in Surrey

July 25th, 2016 - Posted in News

Ransomware Security Alert – Klepto Zepto


Alchemy Technology Specialists are warning all customers of a new malware variant called Klepto Zepto.  This dangerous new ransomware variant based on the Locky ransomware has already been carried in nearly 140,000 spam messages over the last 4 days. 

The ransomware targets users through emails with a variety of subject lines and sender profiles to encourage the user to read the email. Once opened the email asks the user to look at requested documentation, where the attachments or links activate malicious files which will encrypt your data.

As Ransomware is a deliberate criminal act, the cost of time and recovery will be chargeable as it lies outside the terms of our support agreement. We advise that you follow the recommendations below and if worried then seek independent advice in relation to taking out a cyber insurance policy.


Alchemy, recommend the following basic steps to help reduce the risk of ransomware infection:

  • Update – Windows and other applications such as Chrome, Firefox, Flash Player and the Adobe Reader and even WinRAR are known gateways for malware threats.
  • Backup – Make regular off-network backups of all your important files
  • Restrict staff access – ensure that employees only have access to files they require and limit their user permissions.
  • Staff Awareness – Remind staff to not open suspicious emails, click on links or open unknown attachments. When browsing if the website looks strange then check with support.
  • Check your network security – Businesses provide a higher profile target for Ransomware so in addition to basic antivirus we recommend an Endpoint Detection & Response solution such as Adaptive Defense 360

Alchemy would like to offer you a free no-obligation IT Security Consultation – book yours now! Simply reply to this email or call us on 01784 223 100.