The opening line from an article I read this morning summed up the situation well: “If you haven’t heard about the most recent Ransomware attack, you’re probably living off the grid.” The WannaCry (also known as WannaCrypt, WanaCryptor, WCry or Wanna Decryptor) program spread rapidly through networks in over 150 countries in a matter of hours, resulting in major disruptions to many systems, some of them critical, such as the UK National Health Service. How does it work? WannaCry is a malicious type of software (malware) called Ransomware. It typically spreads by unsolicited emails that contain a link or attachment, which, when clicked on, executes or runs the malware on the recipient’s computer. Exploiting vulnerabilities in unpatched or unsupported versions of Microsoft Windows®, it will then spread to all other devices on the network, infecting each computer and any other accessible network-enabled device (yes, this includes internal and external backup drives connected to an infected machine). The ransomware then locks and encrypts files on all infected computers, preventing access to them and demanding payment be made via the digital currency, Bitcoin. https://twitter.com/WSJ/status/863980022465515520/photo/1 What should you do? Prevention is always better than cure. Following these simple steps can greatly reduce the risk of falling prey to this and similar malware attacks: Make sure you are using supported Operating Systems (Windows® XP, 2003 and Vista are no longer officially supported so if you are using Windows® machines you should already have updated all of your computers to newer versions by now); Make sure that your operating systems are up to date with all the critical security patches installed (a patch for this malware was released by Microsoft – make sure you have it installed); Training! 1 in [...]
Our office will be closed from Friday, 23rd December, 2016 and reopen on Tuesday, 3rd January, 2017. Thank you for your support throughout the year. We wish you and your families a safe and peaceful time during the holidays and look forward to bigger and better things in 2017. If you need to lodge a claim, please contact your insurer and have your policy number ready. A summary of Claims contact numbers are shown below - refer to your policy wording if your insurer is not listed. NEIB Motorcycle Policies (Silver & Gold) 13 24 81 AIG - Property Lines 1300 761 195 Financial Lines 1800 222 123 Calibre Insurance 1300 306 226 CGU Insurance 13 24 80 NTI 1800 684 669 QBE 1800 723 867 Zurich - General Insurance 13 26 87 Heavy Motor Assistance 1800 935 338 Travel Assistance +61 2 9995 2800
Our office will be closing for a short end of year break on Thursday, 24th of December at 1pm EDST and reopen on Monday, 4th of January, 2016. […]
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