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Cryptolocker Virus Warning to 365 Users

365 Users are the latest targets of ransomware viruses such as Cryptolocker and it’s various mutations. You may even see the term “Cerber Attack” used in the media to describe these ransomware infections.

This latest threat was received by 365 users as spam or phishing emails and the file attached contained the virus. When the attachment was opened it had a message at the top of the screen asking you to “Turn on the Edit mode and click on Enable Content” similar to the below images.

Image 1

Image 2

Image 1 is similar to a message we have all seen on Microsoft products.
Image 2 is not a normal Microsoft warning and should be an indication that there’s a problem with the file.

By clicking enable content the virus was activated. Once activated, the virus acted like all other Cryptolocker viruses and started locking up files it determined as being “important” to the user and displayed a ransom note. However, this virus also broadcasted a message over the users speakers telling them about their files being locked up “encrypted” as well as read the ransom note to them.

Microsoft have since blocked this particular virus, however, it is important to note that we shouldn’t rely solely on a programs built in security tools or antivirus as the only protection against Cryptolocker attacks. Especially when Cryptolocker virus attacks are sadly becoming a daily occurrence.

What you can do

  • Always keep your antivirus up to date
  • Always backup your data files, photos (anything you don’t want to lose) to another location and regularly
  • Do not open attachments to emails from sources you don’t know
  • If you are waiting for an email with an attachment, check the sender and other information in the body of the email (such as grammar and spelling) prior to opening
  • Check with Consulting IT if you are not sure of the files legitimacy, it’s better to be safe, than sorry.

We can help you!

We are constantly upgrading our own security and testing new products that may benefit your security. We can provide you with a tailored solution to suit your businesses security needs such as:

  • Antispam
  • Antivirus
  • Backups / Disaster Recovery
  • Hardware to improve overall security

Apple issue safety recall on Adapters

Apple have issued a safety notice to all customers who may have an affected adapter.

If you have a wall plug adapter with 4 or 5 characters (or no characters) running up and down on the part of  plug that attaches to the adapter, then it is part of the recall.

Check all of your Apple plugs (even if you have plugs you use in other Countries).

Apple have an exchange process for all affected adapters. You will need the serial number from your iPhone, iPad etc and you can either take the adapter to your nearest Apple store or request a replacement online and they will provide you with a newer version of the adapter.

Click here to visit the Apple site and view the recall information.

California hospitals $3.6 million Ransom by CryptoLocker Virus

Recent reports indicate that a Medical Centre in California is being held to ransom for $3.6 million dollars by Hackers who’ve released a CryptoLocker / Ransomware Virus on their network. Read more Don’t be fooled and think that this “could only happen in America”. This is a very real possibility for all businesses in Australia [...]

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CryptoLocker / Ransomware Viruses – Secure your Data!

We have yet another client affected by a variant of the CryptoLocker and Ransomware viruses. This client has 100 employees across multiple locations. They were severely impacted and could have suffered major data losses. CryptoLocker viruses lock your files and programs. The virus stops you from accessing your files and then demands you pay a [...]

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Windows 10 has arrived!

Microsoft have released Windows 10 and are calling it their best version of Windows. Windows 10 includes a start menu that many users missed in previous versions, is easier to use and includes greater security then previous versions. Consulting IT have been using Windows 10 for a few months now and our team can answer [...]

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CryptoLocker Viruses

CryptoLocker Viruses are once again attacking computers and servers. We have had 2 clients recently who were severely impacted by CryptoLocker viruses, causing major data losses. We worked for several hours (days actually) to recover their data for them through our diligent backup maintenance, however, they did lose their valuable time because of these viruses. These last 2 viruses were received as [...]

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G20 Is almost here, are you ready?

We have identified a number of  our clients who will be affected by the G20 Summit, whether by road closures or simply because they are within (or located near) the security areas. Some questions we have asked our clients and you may wish to consider… Are you planning on working on the Brisbane Holiday day [...]

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Beware of the latest scams

Internet scams are a continual threat to us all and they are becoming more and more sophisticated in an attempt to catch even the most security conscious people off guard. We have become aware of another 2 scams that you should all be aware of. 1.  A “Telstra” scam. A Consulting IT client was recently [...]

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Ebay Password Change

If you have an Ebay account, it is advisable to change your password as soon as possible to ensure your accounts are secure. It is also advisable to change your PayPal password as well, after all, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Ebay don’t believe that any money was taken during this hack but [...]

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Windows XP D-Day April 8, 2014

April 8, 2014, TODAY… this is D-Day for Microsoft end of Support for Windows XP and Office 2003. If you still have Windows XP computers or Office 2003 products at home or in your office, you need to take action NOW to protect your data against the possible risks associated with end of support for [...]

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