Are we powerless against ransomware? on Counterpoint – ABC Radio

Last week there was another global cyber attack that affected computer systems worldwide. This ransomware attack had similarities to a well-known software called Petya and experts say it appeared to be more sophisticated to last month’s Wannacry software that crippled computers worldwide… Computers which have not received security updates in some time are at risk of… Read More »

Ransomware: How an attack works

How ransomware spreads Ransomware can get on your machine via spam email attachments and via compromised websites that redirect users to servers hosting exploit kits. Spam email Spam email with a malicious attachment is the most common method to get ransomware onto a victim’s machine. The spam campaigns used in these attacks are usually in very large… Read More »

New global ransomware campaign

Media is reporting the ransomware, called ‘Petya’, is spreading in the United States, Europe and Asia. Petya makes your computer or its files unusable unless you pay a fee (a ransom). There are emerging reports of Australian organisations being impacted. In particular, businesses, individuals and households who have not updated their Microsoft Windows software are… Read More »

New wave of technical support scams

There have been numerous reports of technical support scams impersonating Telstra. These scams may also be known as ‘Remote Access scams’ or ‘Impersonation scams’. Victims are contacted by callers pretending to be representatives from Telstra reporting some kind of problem. (One recent scam, for example, claims that the lights blinking in a particular pattern on… Read More »

Update on WanaCry global ransomware

The Australian Government is aware of a large-scale ransomware campaign that has impacted organisations globally. We recommend Australian businesses, households and individuals take steps now to protect their computers, networks and devices. The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has been engaging with Australian businesses and industry sectors over the weekend to ensure they are aware of… Read More »

Protect yourself from ransomware

A ransomware campaign has impacted a number of organisations globally, including the UK’s National Health Service. Ransomware is malicious software that makes data or systems unusable until the victim makes a payment. We are continuing to monitor the situation closely. If you have been affected by the Wanacry ransomware, you can report the incident to… Read More »