On the 6th of Jan, the website was hacked by a Japanese company. It was quickly noticed, and I immediately alerted our server providers, and our site was immediately suspended. Then a full cleaning and investigation was undertaken. My first and foremost concern was for the members data. The investigation from our server provided showed that no data was stolen. An errant malware kit had been installed on the site, and its sole purpose is to setup spam pages and to send out spam emails for sales purposes.  Whilst very very annoying, it doesn’t steal data. The hacking, however, had monkeyed around with the website’s foundational code which was causing lots of bugs. So the site has now been moved to a newer fresh shared hosting server. This newer server is faster, has better overall performance, and has some different security implementations in place. Also the event calendar is now well on its way to be back up and running.

Unfortunately the official societyofbookbinders emails have now recently been plagued with phishing/spam/scam emails (due to their public appearance on the website), but I would like to ask everyone to be on high alert with watching out for these emails. Below I have listed a few helpful hints to spotting these

How to spot scam emails –

Scammers try to quickly gain your trust. They aim to pressure you into acting without thinking. If a message or call makes you suspicious, stop and consider the language it uses. Scams often feature one or more of these tell-tale signs.

Authority – Is the message claiming to be from someone official? Criminals often pretend to be important people or organisations to trick you into doing what they want. 
Urgency – Are you told you have a limited time to respond (such as ‘within 24 hours’ or ‘immediately’)? Criminals often threaten you with fines or other negative consequences.
Emotion – Does the message make you panic, fearful, hopeful or curious? Criminals often use threatening language, make false claims of support, or tease you into wanting to find out more.    Scarcity – Is the message offering something in short supply? Fear of missing out on a good deal or opportunity can make you respond quickly.    
Current events – Are you expecting to see a message like this? Criminals often exploit current news stories, big events or specific times of year to make their scam seem more relevant to you.

If you have any doubts about a Society email, then please email me directly at webmaster@societyofbookbinders.com. Never use the numbers or address in the message – use the details from your own contacts or our website. Don’t click on any links in the suspect email. Remember, we will never ask you to supply bank information via email.

Best wishes
Wendy Meeple