New Critical Alert – New Ransom-ware impersonates Electricity Company

Warragul Computer Repair – Critical Alert

I received a call this morning from yet another victim of ransom-ware hacker attack in the baw-baw district…. and again, I had to deliver the bad news.  There’s not a lot that can be done besides some hopeful data recovery… or for the person to pay the ransom to the criminals and hope to get their stuff back.

Edit/Update 12:06pm Wed 08/06/16:  “I have 2 confirmed cases this morning alone, and expect  many more.  If you have clicked on any email from any electricity company and not received your actual bill, then then immediately shut your computer off by holding the “on” button in for 5-8 seconds and then switch it off at the wall and seek professional advice DO NOT TURN YOUR COMPUTER BACK ON(read: not advice from you IT department, or junior staff member; YOU MUST seek proper professional advice from a full time computer repairer or data recovery specialist)”  -Jon Cavell

 

 

RANSOM-WARE IS ONE OF THE WORST THINGS THAT CAN HAPPEN TO YOUR COMPUTER!

BACKUP, BACKUP, BACKUP (before you get hit)…. are the 3 secrets to protecting yourself.  If you don’t know how, there is training available and plenty of paid and free services.

Some good articles regarding this current AGL impersonator specific attack:

https://www.communications.gov.au/what-we-do/internet/stay-smart-online/alert-service/watch-out-fake-agl-phishing-emails-leading-ransomware-attacks

http://www.mailguard.com.au/blog/agl-scam-carrying-crypto-ransomware-torrentlocker-hits-australian-inboxes

 

-Jon Cavell

Warragul Computer Repair