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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Aust businesses held to cyber ransom | adelaidenow

Big business is being targeted by cyber-criminals in “ransomware” attacks, threatening deletion or freezing of crucial business files unless money is paid. A new national survey of Australian big business reports that in September last year, 25 organisations reported ransomware attacks. Releasing the 2012 Cyber Crime and Security Survey Report in Melbourne, Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus says businesses were at times reluctant to report the attacks, which were linked to organised crime.

“And of course that’s the very thing that should be reported to CERT Australia, the Australian government’s response team, or to the federal police, to get help and prevent the attacks occurring in the first place,” Mr Dreyfus told reporters on Monday.

With one in five major Australian businesses suffering a cyber attack in the past year, the survey reported attacks are becoming more co-ordinated and targeted.

It found only 64 per cent applied IT security standards or guidelines, less than 50 per cent had plans in place for removable storage devices such as USB memory sticks, and almost 35 per cent had IT security staff with no formal training.

He said larger companies without specialized IT security staff would need to think, “pretty quickly I’d suggest”, about hiring people trained in the field if they wanted to protect their business.


Posted on 02/19