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Prevent Ransomware This Christmas Period

Saangpi Suan - Monday, December 05, 2016

There’s nothing worse in the field of technology than having a criminal in control of your network. When a ransomware attack occurs, it can easily elevate from a potential data loss to potential identity theft to a data breach in the form of extortion. Many various types of ransomware such as Cryptolocker are on the rise across the web with criminals netting over $150 million a year. These email scams are very cleaver, and while antivirus products help prevent these incidents, they are not infallible, and so to avoid being a victim to the scam we must all be vigilant and be aware of what to look for.

Threat Description
Be wary of emails coming in from unknown sources that claim to be originating from the following but not limited to AusPost, ANZ Bank, Commonwealth Bank and Federal Police. The hoax email appears legitimate as it is presented in a professional layout from email address that appear official and incorporates the company logo. The emails in fact contain a payload of a very dangerous virus/Trojan links that if clicked will download and install a program that encrypts data on all your computing devices including but not limited to your desktop or laptop computers, server storage, cloud storage if you have installed Dropbox or Onedrive on your local computer. 

The ransomware will also installs "helpful" files in each folder that direct the user to pay a ransom to have the encryption removed.

Example:

While these threats can be extremely serious, there are a number of actions you can take to reduce the risk of attack and improve the overall security of your organisation.
 


If you have received an email of this type and have clicked on any links or attachments, please contact Trident immediately on 1300 784 774.


 

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