One of the most incredible scams businesses need to watch out for these days is the network hijacking scam that targets the internal networks of unsuspecting business owners. The way the scam works is by tricking a business owner or employee of the business into thinking the scammers are really technicians from the business’s IT agency.

A cyber criminal poses as someone in a position of authority, such as a representative of Microsoft or a manager of the IT company handling the business’s system backups and networking equipment. The criminal talks to the business owner until he can convince him to log into a fake administration page that gives the criminal access to the business’s computer system.

At this point, there is no turning back, and the cyber criminals can delete all the hard drives of the network if they want to. Typically, they demand a credit card number or bank routing number as ransom. It’s not entirely different than a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack in which a criminal organization holds a business’s website for ransom. 

By hiring an outstanding IT agency like ENTRUST Technology Consulting Services, San Antonio business owners can have all their hard drives and Web applications backed up regularly, and they will always know when an IT representative really calls to speak to them. It’s also a good idea to educate employees about the risks of these types of scams.