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Apple Forsakes QuickTime For Windows, Stops Security Patches

Looks like Apple has given up on its QuickTime media player for Windows – for good. It’s been a long time coming and the company will no longer be issuing updates for the media player. Security vendor Trend Micro is urging QuickTime for Windows users to uninstall the program after finding two zero day vulnerabilities on it. Here are the details.


Ransomware Cybercriminals Love Australia

Australia is very popular right now, but with the wrong kind of people. Cybercriminals see Australia as a goldmine and are sending waves of ransomware to our shores to extort victims into handing over money to unencrypt precious files. This is just one of the insights from Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report, which analyses security threats from around the world in 2015. We take a closer look at the findings that directly impact Australia.


Ransomware Now Uses New Techniques To Evade Detection

Cybercriminals are constantly innovating to find new ways to deliver malware without being detected and it has been discovered that they now have a tool that helps a range of ransomware bypass security controls. Here’s what you need to know.


Why We Shouldn't Make Malware Victims Feel Ashamed

Gone are the days when cybercriminals relied on those Nigerian Prince email scams to try to con victims into handing over their hard-earned cash. Cybercrime is now big business and the methods that attackers use to trick their victims are now more sophisticated than ever and even security conscious individuals could be ensnared. Yet, people are still made to feel embarrassed when they do fall for malware scams. This is making the problem worse, according to Symantec security expert Nick Savvides.


Developer Creates Petya Ransomware Remedy

Last week, we reported on the Petya ransomware which was able to encrypt entire hard drives rather than individual files. Due to a bug in the ransomware, an independent developer has made a decryptor to unencrypt hard drives that have fallen victim to Petya without paying the ransom. Here are the details.


Desktop Version Of Message Encryption App Signal Now Available

For those who are serious about privacy, you would be familiar with messaging services that use end-to-end encryption. Signal is the one that is favoured by privacy activist Edward Snowden but unlike many popular messaging services like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, it didn’t support desktop use. We have some good news. Signal Desktop has come out of beta and is now publicly available. Here’s are the details.


How Social Engineering Attacks Happen, And How You Can Avoid Them

We’ve discussed why social engineering should be your biggest security concern before, but this graphic breaks down how those attacks happen online, on the phone, and even in person, along with what you should be on the lookout for.


Hackers For Hire: How Much Do 'Professional' Hacking Services Cost?

Do you have a competitor to your business that you want to bring down? Why not launch a distributed denial of service (DDos) attack on them to cripple their website? You may not have the technical skills to do this yourself but there are plenty of hackers out there who are offering up their unique and highly illegal skillsets to do it for you; and they provide great customer service to boot. Want to find out more? Read on.


Deconstructing IT Support Scammers That Use LinkedIn

Scammers posing as an IT support technician trying to get access to PCs aren’t new and they use a variety of methods to gain your trust. One of the ways they do this is through creating a fake sense of legitimacy using professional websites such as LinkedIn. Read on to find out how.


Petya Ransomware Targets HR Employees And Encrypts Entire Hard Drives

There’s a new ransomware floating around that is mainly targeting business users — predominantly in HR departments — and prefers to encrypt hard drives in one go instead of targeting individual files. Here’s what you need to know.


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