Sunday, 18 October 2015

Cryptolocker Ransomware


Dear Valued Customer,

We are seeing an increase in email activity containing links to the malicious code known as the Crypto Locker Virus.

The Emails most recently are claiming to be from Australia Post, but have also been seen from the State Recovery Department and the Australian Tax Office.

If you receive an email from any of the above, or are at all concerned that an email is unwarranted and potentially harmful please DO NOT OPEN and give us a call for investigation.

Please distribute to your team if applicable.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us on (02) 8199 7650.

Monday, 12 January 2015

CryptoWall ransomware variant has new defenses

Cisco found that the latest version of the malware terminates itself if it runs in a virtual machine

Read the full article here

Friday, 9 January 2015

Set Google as Default Search Provider in Internet Explorer

Often we are asked to change Internet Explorer default search provider to Google rather than using Bing as their preference.

Unfortunately, if you live outside US, Google is not an option and is missing from the list.

To add Google as your search provider:

1. Open IE, click the Tools icon/button (the gear icon on top right corner)

2. Click Manage Add-ons

3. Select Search Providers

4. On bottom left corner, click on link "Find more search providers..."

5. It will take you to the following address:

6. Change the address from "en-au" to "en-us" as per below:

7. Google Search is now available in the list:

8. Click Add to Internet Explorer

9. Check Make this my default search provider, then click Add button

And you're done!

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Security Threat: GOZeuS and CryptoLocker malware

GOZeus - short for Gameover Zeus - is a peer-to-peer variant of the Zeus family of malware, first identified in September 2011. It is designed to steal bank log-in credentials by searching a compromised PC for files containing financial information. If it fails to find anything of value, it may then install Cryptolocker - "ransomware" that encrypts the PC's hard-disk drive, only providing the decryption key after a fee is paid.

Symantec has released a new tool that removes the component of Gameover Zeus that enables it to bypass and disable antivirus software and then fully remove a Gameover Zeus infection.

Download the tool here:

If you have any concerns regarding this threat, please contact us immediately on 02 8199 7650 or email us in the contact page.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Windows XP users at risk with new IE exploit

Following our previous post regarding Windows XP no longer supported by Microsoft, consumers and businesses who are still using Windows XP are now at risk with the latest vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. Microsoft has confirmed that no fix will be rolled out for Windows XP because support has officially ended and there are no plans to make an exception.

The remote code execution vulnerability (CVE-2014-1776) affects Internet Explorer 6 to the latest version 11 on Windows XP, Vista and 7.

A temporary fix is to use a different browser other than Internet Explorer like Chrome and Firefox. Please contact us if you have any concerns regarding the latest security news.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Major Security Flaw Notice: Exploit found in OpenSSL "Heartbleed"

This week a vulnerability dubbed “Heartbleed” was found in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library (  OpenSSL is widely used, often with applications and web servers like Apache and Nginx.   OpenSSL versions 1.0.1 through 1.0.1f contain this vulnerability, which attackers can exploit to read the memory of the systems.  Gaining access to the memory could provide attackers with secret keys, allowing them to decrypt and eavesdrop on SSL encrypted communications and impersonate service providers. Data in memory may also contain sensitive information including usernames and passwords.


Support ends for Windows XP on 8th April, 2014

As of 8th April 2014, support and security updates for Windows XP are no longer available. Don't let your PC go unprotected. If you continue to use Windows XP without XP support, your computer may still work but will become vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Contact us now on +61 2 8199 7650 on how we can help you upgrade to the latest Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.