Watch out for NBN scams

The ACCC is warning the community that scammers are pretending to be from NBN to con victims out of their money and personal information. Scamwatch has received 316 complaints this year about scammers impersonating NBN with nearly $28,000 reported lost. “Scammers are increasingly using trusted government brands like NBN to trick people into falling for… Read More »

Increase in online credit card fraud

Online credit card fraud increased significantly in 2016 with criminals netting $417.6 million, up from $363 million in 2015. The new finding has been revealed by The Australian Payments Network in its annual fraud data report. Other key findings included the overall amount of fraud on Australian cards cost $534 million, up from $461 million last… Read More »

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 »