Belfast Telegraph

Antrim IT firm increases online security over fears of Russian attack

By Andrew Madden

A Co Antrim-based IT company has increased the online security of its customers amidst fears of a heightened risk of cyber-attacks from Russia.

Outsource Solutions has advised its customers that internet traffic, including website visits and emails, would be blocked between Russia and its customer accounts in the UK.

This block will stay in place unless there were "specific legitimate business reasons" for the channels to remain open.

The move comes two weeks after the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury.

Terry Moore, founder and head of Outsource, said the risk of cyber-attacks from Russian-based hackers could increase significantly as diplomatic relations between the UK and the Eastern giant deteriorate.

"The decision to halt traffic between our customers and Russian-based IP addresses is purely precautionary but we feel it is sensible and pragmatic given the current unfolding situation.

"Of course, any customer who does not want this enhanced security protection can contact us directly to have this upgrade removed."

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