Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Australia is the top target for #ransomeware. Be very careful what attachments and downloads you open on your computer. Your Netflix account is also a target.

"The black market for stolen account details was also gaining traction, Mr Savvides said, with everything from Netflix to stolen credit card details earning criminals cash.
“A Netflix account now sells for 25c. They sell these accounts to a bad guy in lots of one thousand, and he sets up a pirate network and sells access to the service for $1 a month,” he said.
“You can buy PlayStation accounts for $7 each and then there’s credit card details. If you get extra information like CCV numbers and expiry dates, you can get $40 per account for that information.”
Mr Savvides said the introduction of a cash price for accounts was one of the reasons online threats were becoming so sophisticated, with call centre-like setups, ransomware help lines for hackers, and a more nine-to-five style of operation.

“We were tracking one group and watching their activity,” he said. “You can see them take weekends off. They’re operating as a business.”"

Read the full story here: http://www.news.com.au/technology/online/hacking/ransomware-is-rising-and-netflix-and-playstation-accounts-command-big-dollars-symantec-says/news-story/2ef06b74295b3b8323c9b85474481b32