Top 6 Ransomware Attacks in Australia and How to Prevent Them

Ransomware is malware that is used by cybercriminals to encrypt victims’ data until some form of ransom is paid. As such, the victim, be it an individual or a company cannot access vital applications, databases and files. These criminals, or digital extortionists, encrypt important data and only after the ransom is paid do they give access to the attacked data. 

The last 12 months have seen a surge in online activity and consequently, ransomware attacks are on the rise. More than half of businesses all over Australia have been hit by ransomware cyberattacks. Western Australia in particular has not been spared either. From media firms to hospitals and financial companies, productivity has stopped at one point or another after ransomware cyberattacks. This has emphasized the importance of expert IT Services. 

Here are the top 6 ransomware to be aware of:

1. WannaCry 

It is a crypto-worm that spreads rapidly across a number of computer networks. It targets computers using the Microsoft Windows Operating system. It attacks data on a PC’s hard drive, thereby making it impossible to access data necessary for day to day business operations. To decrypt the files, payment has to be made in bitcoin. 

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2. Nemucod

It is a Trojan (a Trojan horse is any malware that misleads users of its true intent) that comes in the form of an email. It is downloaded as an attachment to malicious emails claiming to be legitimate official documents like invoices. After it’s downloaded, it corrupts the system. It can only be decrypted using a private key after  0.60358 BitCoin is paid.  

3. Locky

It was discovered in 2016 and targets computers with Microsoft Windows Operating systems. It holds the system hostage until payment is made.

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4. Cerber

It is an intelligent trojan that attacks android systems. It has the same capabilities as banking trojans. As such, it gives cybercriminals access to contact lists, SMS control, remote control and screen streaming. This can damage the company’s image to its clientele. 

5. Spora

It spreads when users update their Google Chrome browsers. Spora encrypts victims files ‘offline’, which means without talking to the control server. Notably one of the intelligent ransomware, Spora uses a combination of RSA and AES encryption to lock victim files. Such smart malware needs expert IT services for impeccable protection against cybercriminals. 

6. Jigsaw

It was created in 2016, renowned as “BitcoinBlackmailer” back in the day. Jigsaw encrypts computer files and over time deletes them unless a ransom is paid.

Protect Your Business From Ransomware Attacks — Top IT Services

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