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Malware

National Cyber Security Committee urges vigilance as two concerning cyber security threats are in the wild

Nov 7, 2019 - The Australian Signals Directorate’s Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), with its state and territory partners, is continuing to respond to the widespread malware campaign known as Emotet while responding to reports that hackers are exploiting the BlueKeep vulnerability to mine cryptocurrency. The Cyber Incident Management Arrangements (CIMA) remain activated, however the alert level has been downgraded to Level 4 – ‘Lean Forward’.
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Widespread exploitation of vulnerable systems via Emotet malware

Oct 24, 2019 - The Australian Signals Directorate’s Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is investigating a widespread malware campaign known as Emotet. Emotet is a Trojan virus delivered via emails sent with malicious attachments. Cyber criminals use malware for different reasons, most commonly to steal personal or valuable information from which they can profit, hold recipients to ransom or install damaging programs onto devices without your knowledge.

Malware Statistics

Jul 25, 2019 - Each day malware infections and service vulnerabilities are reported to AISI members. Related AISI statistics are provided below.Data is based on Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
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"Whatsapp Gold" is a hoax

Jan 9, 2019 - The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is aware that messages are circulating on Whatsapp that attempt to lure people into using a ‘gold’ version of the app. The scam urges victims to sign up for an ‘upgrade’. After clicking on the link you would be redirected to a fake page and your phone would become infected with malware. Remember, any updates to WhatsApp usually happen automatically through the app. If you receive a request to download 'WhatsApp Gold' do not click the link. Delete it.
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Adobe urges users to patch Flash Player

Dec 6, 2018 - Adobe has released security updates for its widely used Flash Player app to help users defend themselves against the latest malware. Users who fail to update their Flash Player app could be vulnerable to cyber criminals, who could use it as an opportunity to access data, programs, individual computers or networks.

US urges cyber vigilance after Hurricane Florence

Sep 17, 2018 - Fraudsters often try to exploit our willingness to help those in need, as Australians have experienced in the aftermath of devastating cyclones. The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Centre (NCCIC) in the United States has warned users and administrators to be vigilant for malicious cyber activity in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Fraudulent emails commonly appear after major natural disasters and often contain links or attachments that direct users to malicious websites.
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Malware

Aug 14, 2018 - Malware (short for 'malicious software') is software that cyber criminals use to harm your computer system or network. Cyber criminals can use malware to gain access to your computer without you knowing, in targeted or broad-based attacks. Cyber criminals use malware for different reasons, most commonly to steal your confidential information, hold you to ransom or install damaging programs onto your device without your knowledge. Malware can get onto your device or system when you visit an untrustworthy website or download an infected file via an email or a portable device,…
Ransomware

Ransomware

Aug 13, 2018 - Ransomware is a type of malware that denies access to files or computer systems until a ransom is paid. Ransomware can get onto your device in the same way as other malware or a virus, for example by visiting unsafe or suspicious websites, opening emails or files from someone you don't know, clicking on 'malicious' links in social media and peer-to-peer networks.
Cyber threats

Common threat types

Jul 1, 2018 - The cyber threat to Australian individuals and organisations is undeniable, unrelenting and continues to grow. You could be a target even if you don't think the information held on your networks is valuable, or that your business would be of interest to cyber adversaries. Many organisations are at risk purely because they are vulnerable through unpatched software or unaware staff members. Common threats impacting Australians include:

New US Malware Report on state-sponsored actors

Jul 1, 2018 - The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have released a new report, covering technical details on the tools and infrastructure used by North Korean state-sponsored cyber actors. This is the latest in a series of Malware Analysis Reports (MAR) relating to activity by North Korea. The Australian Cyber Security Centre is sharing this information to enable network defenders to identify and reduce exposure to the persistent threat of criminal and state-sponsored cyber actors.