Don’t pay the ransom, mate. Don’t even fix a price, say Australia’s cyber security bods

The Register

Most online attacks could be easily avoided by following basic cyber security advice, Australia’s national cyber security bureau has said – even as it warned that the impact and severity of things like ransomware attacks are getting worse and worse.

Cybercriminals follow the money, said the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) in its annual report for 2019-20, published earlier this week.

Over the past 12 months the ACSC has observed real-world impacts of ransomware incidents, which have typically originated from a user executing a file received as part of a spearphishing campaign, said the agency, adding that after the initial breach attackers typically try to exploit remote desktop-type apps to hunt for anything worth stealing – or deleting.

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