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Fashion designer lost business after her Instagram account got hacked

Twenty-three-year-old Bree Kotomah almost gave up on a burgeoning career in fashion design when hackers compromised her business's Instagram account in November 2018.

"Unfortunately, at the time I ran everything on Instagram, so when that was gone, that was the whole business gone," she told BBC Radio 5 Live.

At least half of micro businesses - companies with fewer than nine employees - in the UK are victims of cyber-attacks every year, compared to just a third of other companies, according to the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE).

Ms Kotomah, whose business Boresa Kotomah is based in London, had not studied fashion. She taught herself to sew and began designing clothes in 2018. Due to interest on Twitter in her fashion styles, she started an Instagram account and gained 5,000 followers in seven months, after a photo of a dress she made went viral.

Interested customers would send her a direct message on Instagram enquiring about prices, and commission her to make the dresses.

Ms Kotomah would invoice her customers using PayPal and mobile app Invoice2go, and her reputation grew by word of mouth and through shares of her outfits on Instagram and Twitter.

But then it all stuttered to a halt.

"I woke up one morning and my account was deleted. I received an email from Instagram saying I had violated some terms and I had done certain things that I know I didn't do," she said.

"My business at that time was my livelihood. That was what I was doing full-time. I'm self-employed. So if I'm not making money from working, I'm not making money at all so I was just thinking like, 'What am I going to do?'"

Ms Kotomah's designs have been worn by actors, influencers, singers, models and dancers.

Ms Kotomah was so disheartened that she stopped designing for two months and considered other jobs. But then she decided to give it one more try. She started a new Instagram account, learned more about running a business, and set up a website showcasing her work that offered ready-to-wear clothing available for immediate purchase.

The Return Of Trojan Poses Substantial Hacking Threat To Businesses!




The Trojan malware has returned with its infectious ransomware attacks with an aim to harvest banking credentials and personal and property related data.




Business organizations have come out to become the latest targets of this malware.



With long-term and insidious operations as ambition, the Trojan poses a lot of threat even to intellectual property.



In one of the new reports of one of the reputed security companies, it was mentioned that backdoor attacks against businesses with Trojans as back power have subsequently increased.



According to the aforementioned security lab, “Trojans” and “Backdoors” are different.



A Trojan is supposed to perform one function but ends up performing another and a Backdoor is a type of Trojan which enables a threat actor to access a system via bypassing security.



“Spyware” attacks have also consequentially risen. A spyware is a malware which aids gaining information on a device and sending it to a third party, stealthily.



This concept, of a spyware, sure is old but still is as efficacious as any other powerful malware and strictly works towards data exfiltration.



The “Emotet Trojan” has been considered to be behind the information stealing campaigns all round last year and in the beginning of this moth too.



This Trojan could move through networks, harvest data, and monitor networks. Also, it could easily infect systems by reproducing with no substantial effort at all.



Emotet is a self-sufficient danger which tends to spread onto compromised systems in addition to installing other malware on them.

The menacing behavior of TrickBot was also inferred upon by the aforementioned report, as it’s one of the by-products of Emotet.



The constantly evolving TrickBot daily gets updated with new abilities, stealing passwords and browser histories and harvesting sensitive data being a few of them.



Consultancy firms seem to be the primary targets of the Trojan. It is disposed towards harvesting more than just banking details and personal information.



Intellectual property is another thing which is a major point of concern for everyone now that the cyber-cons have stooped down to breaching walls using Trojans.



These tactics were thought to be really boring and old but have taken serious tosses and turns and have evolved into something genuinely perilous.



Businesses should stop under-estimating the attacks and keep a keen eye towards any potentiality of such attacks.