Ransomware is a type of malicious software that blocks user access on a device until a sum of money is paid. Cybercriminals often use untraceable cryptocurrencies and have been targeting Australians increasingly over the past 18 months.
This type of cyber-attack causes significant financial harm and is extremely difficult to recover from without comprehensive backups. Victims can experience long-lasting impacts that are severely detrimental to their organisations and operations.
Below are links from the Australian Cyber Security Centre and learn what you can do to reduce your risk of falling victim to cybercriminals.
ACSC Prevention and Protection Guide
A list of protective measures that are cost-effective and beneficial. Ensuring your device is always up to date and using multi-factor authentication are essential for protecting yourself against attacks.
ACSC Emergency Response Guide
A guide to identify, remove yourself and protect yourself from a ransomware attack. Remember to never pay a ransom. Call the Australian Cyber Security Centre on 1300 292 371.