Ransomware attacks have been in the news of late with some very high-profile companies being targeted. The following has been released by Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) and in accordance with their request, I spread the word.

Over the past 18 months, cybercriminals have increased the number of ransomware attacks targeting Australians. Ransomware is one of the most damaging types of cyber-attacks, which can have severe and long-lasting impacts to Australian organisations and their operations.

Ransomware is a type of malicious software that makes your computer or its files unusable unless you pay a fee, often in the form of untraceable cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. It requires minimal technical expertise, is low cost and can result in significant financial harm. Recovering from ransomware is almost impossible without comprehensive backups, which is why taking steps to protect yourself is so important.

What can I do?

The ACSC has published a ransomware Prevention and Protection Guide, and Emergency Response Guide which provide step-by-step instructions on what to do.

Spread the word

if you wish to follow ACSC yourself you can on Twitter or Facebook and or you can subscribe to their YouTube channel for the latest practical advice to help improve your cybersecurity.

Article written by Professor Allan Manning

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