AVCrypt: new ransomware targeting antivirus software

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 27 March 2018 14:37:27 AEDT


A computer virus that seeks out and destroys antivirus software; that’s AVCrypt, a new ransomware variant
discovered on Friday.

The AVCrypt malware is designed to locate and delete PC antivirus software Windows Defender and Malwarebytes and then install ransomware onto an infected computer. By eliminating the computer’s antivirus programs before beginning the ransomware attack, AVCrypt effectively removes the local security protection that most PCs rely on to prevent such attacks, making this a very dangerous new malware strain.

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Mass Market Cybercrime - the Threat of MaaS

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 03 January 2018 09:52:34 AEDT

Cybercriminals are starting to behave like corporations and it’s not that surprising, considering cybercrime is a multi-billion dollar industry.

Hackers producing malware like trojans, ransomware and spyware don’t usually run solo scams anymore; they set up an online shopfront and lease their products to anybody who wants to use them.

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Ransomware, Scams & Cyber Monday - Weekly Digest

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 24 November 2017 17:19:32 AEDT


On Wednesday this week, MailGuard CEO Craig McDonald published a thought provoking post on the blog dealing with cybercrime attacks against senior management and business owners.

In his article Craig writes:

"Brad (not his real name) is the founder and CEO of a major logistics company. The story he told me is astonishing, but unfortunately, it is also true. It started at 6:25 pm on a Friday. Brad sat down at his computer and clicked open his email inbox.

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Ransomware is Selling Like Hotcakes

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 23 November 2017 15:22:28 AEDT

You may have heard of the ‘dark web’ but to most of us it’s just a sinister sounding name. For the world of organised crime though, the dark web is a one-stop robbing shop. It’s a place where crooks can buy ready-made software for extortion, fraud, and intelligence gathering.

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Emerging Ransomware Attack – ‘Bad Rabbit’ – Hitting Europe and Turkey

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 26 October 2017 14:43:18 AEDT


On Tuesday morning (24
th Oct) a new ransomware attack started appearing in Russia and surrounding regions. Dubbed ‘Bad Rabbit’, this malware seems to be targeted at corporate networks and is disguised as a fake Adobe Flash Installer.

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WannaCry: What the experts know one week on

Posted by Daniel McShanag on 19 May 2017 11:21:21 AEST

It’s almost a week since we learned about the worldwide cyber attack known as WannaCry, a ransomware cryptoworm outbreak. 

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An update on the WannaCry ransomware outbreak

Posted by Jaclyn McRae on 15 May 2017 11:14:15 AEST

Security specialists around the world are still trying to track down the entry point of the WannaCry ransomware outbreak.

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Global cyber attack: WannaCry ransomware creates havoc

Posted by Jaclyn McRae on 13 May 2017 12:32:24 AEST

A global ransomware attack has been described as the biggest in history, shutting down hospitals and causing havoc for companies around the world.

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Alert: Ransomware hidden in fake ASIC renewal notice

Posted by Jaclyn McRae on 06 March 2017 11:48:46 AEDT

 Australians have been warned to avoid clicking a malicious email purporting to be from ASIC.

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Watch a single click become a company-wide catastrophe

Posted by Jaclyn McRae on 19 January 2017 11:03:29 AEDT

It’s lunchtime, but Stephen is behind after the holiday break. He grabs a sandwich, returns to his desk, has a quick browse of Facebook and checks his personal email before getting back to his to-do list.

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Mistakes let down new ransomware email impersonating Australia Post

Posted by Jaclyn McRae on 15 November 2016 17:11:08 AEDT

 Poor grammar lets down a large-scale hoax Australia Post email that aims to install ransomware by stealth.

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Fake AGL ransomware invoice strikes again

Posted by Jaclyn McRae on 14 October 2016 15:27:10 AEDT

 A new version of a phishing email impersonating energy giant AGL, and containing dangerous ransomware, is again hitting Australian inboxes.

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No surprises as spear-phishing and ransomware lead cyber threats

Posted by Jaclyn McRae on 12 October 2016 17:41:15 AEDT

 Spear-phishing and ransomware are the most common cyber techniques used to exploit Australians, a new cybercrime threat report has revealed.

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CyberCrime Network Behind AGL Targets Australia Post with New Cerber Ransomware Scam

Posted by Annamaria Montagnese on 11 July 2016 17:23:22 AEST

In a new email scam breaking early Monday, the same cybercrime network behind the recent AGL attacks appear to have moved their focus to Australia Post. The email claims that a package was unable to be delivered because nobody was home, and asks recipients to click a link.

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Emerging threat: Invoice Attachments, Revisiting an Old Malware Scam

Posted by Annamaria Montagnese on 24 March 2016 12:18:18 AEDT

A new spin on an old malware scam that we haven’t seen for a while has begun circulating. In what may be the precursor to a larger run, scammers are now revisiting the use of invoice attachments to engage their target.

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