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Sophos Rapid Response puts out the ransomware fire
“Attackers are using a range of techniques and whichever defence has a weakness is how they get in. When one technique fails they move on to the next, until they find a weak spot."
A brief history of cyber-threats — from 2000 to 2020
Many significant cybersecurity events have occurred since the year 2000 — not every one of them ‘firsts’, but all of them correlating with a change in security behaviour or protection.
The current state of ransomware — and its future
Discoveries made by analysts at Sophos have unearthed a new development: ransomware code appears to have been shared across ‘families’, and some of the ransomware groups seemed to work in collaboration more than in competition with one another.
Top cyber threats for Australia in 2020
COVID-19 scams, ransomware attacks, mobile adware and fleeceware, stalkerware and deepfakes were the top cyber threats that impacted Australian and global businesses in 2020.
Why legacy technology is swallowing too much of your IT budget
Given the restrictions caused by legacy IT infrastructure, why are more organisations not pushing ahead with plans to rid themselves of the burden?
Claroty and CrowdStrike form partnership to protect industrial control system environements
The integration will deliver visibility into industrial control system (ICS) networks and endpoints, with a one-stop-shop for information technology (IT) and OT asset information directly within The Claroty Platform.
Rate of ransomware attacks in Australia well above global average — report
Over two-thirds (67%) of Australian organisations have suffered a ransomware attack in the last 12 months — 10 percentage points above the global average of 57%.
Ransomware the most common cyber threat to SMBs - report
The survey found that 60% of managed service providers report that their SMB clients have been hit as of Q3 2020.
Research: NZ easy-pickings for cyber-criminals
One in ten businesses would be willing to pay $50,000-plus to retrieve ransomed data and half aren’t aware of the incoming data privacy laws.
Ransomware attacks over SSL increase by 500%, Zscaler report shows
The research reveals the emerging techniques and impacted industries behind a 260% spike in attacks, using encrypted channels to bypass legacy security controls.
More than just malware, ransomware 2.0 hits businesses hard
Cyber criminals are shifting their focus from encrypting data to publishing confidential information online, according to new findings from Kaspersky researchers.
Ransom DDoS attacks can be defeated with proactive prevention - Penta Security
Ransom DDoS combines a ransom demand with the threat of a DDoS attack. Those who don’t pay the ransom are then subjected to an attack.
2020's most wanted malware: Trickbot and Emotet trojans driving spike in ransomware attacks
"We've seen ransomware attacks increasing since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, to try and take advantage of security gaps as organisations scrambled to support remote workforces."
2020's nastiest malware revealed
"Cybercriminals are relying on same old tricks to secure their financial treats, because they continue to be successful."
The rising threat of human-controlled ransomware
Until recently, most ransomware attacks have been automated affairs. But things are changing, writes Attivo Networks regional director for A/NZ Jim Cook.
IDC survey: Nearly 1/3 of data-ransomed businesses pay up
A Rubrik-commissioned A/NZ survey by IDC finds that despite only 6% saying they would pay ransomware attackers, the reality is quite different.
Backups as a last line of defence are under threat
Malware can incrementally overwrite and encrypt backups, rendering them inadequate as an insurance policy against ransomware.
Why organisations should wise up to the DDoS extortion trend
While it is essential to have a DDoS mitigation solution in place, it’s also important to test that it works as expected, writes NCC Group director of technical security consulting for Asia Pacific Tim Dillon.
Experiencing ransomware significantly impacts cybersecurity approach
"The survey findings illustrate clearly the impact of these near-impossible demands. Among other things, those hit by ransomware were found to have severely undermined confidence in their own cyber threat awareness."
Microsoft takes legal action to disrupt botnet and combat ransomware
Microsoft has announced it took action to disrupt a botnet, Trickbot, one of the world's most infamous botnets and prolific distributors of malware and ransomware.
Video: 10 Minute IT Jams – A glimpse inside a ransomware cell
This is our second IT Jam with SonicWall senior manager of product marketing Brook Chelmo, and in this video Brook walks us through his one-on-one experience with a member of a ransomware cell.
Ransomware attacks skyrocketed in past three months - Check Point
The daily global average of ransomware attacks jumped 50% in last quarter, compared to 1st half of 2020.
Just one click – that’s all it takes to let in cyber-crime
So how do organisations ensure that users are not compromised by simply doing their work? The answer is surprisingly simple, writes Bufferzone Security business strategist for A/NZ Greg Wyman.
Plugging the gaps: Australian organisations are leaving their defence barriers wide open
Cybercriminals are are walking through the gaping holes in Australia’s organisational defences – gaps that leadership teams don’t even realise are there.