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February 2021

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Cryptolocker Ransomware is the most serious infection we have had here at the Anglicare villages. In the last few years, 4 residents have had all their records locked against access and irretrievable.

It can appear in various forms. Some examples are:-

The Australian Post Office . It arrives as an email advising that a package is waiting at the post office for you inviting you to click on a link to download a pickup form for you to collect the parcel.

AGL Another recent version appears to come from the AGL, claiming to be your monthly account.

Banks  It can also come in the form of bank accounts and other common sources.

If you click on the link, it will load a nasty program which searches all your personal files, photos, documents, music etc an then encrypts them with an unbreakable code.

You then receive an email demanding you pay an amount, usually around $500, to obtain a key to un encrypt your data.  Even if you pay there is no way of knowing if they will send the key, or that it will work.

While we were are able to disable and  remove the Cryptolocker ransomware, we cannot recover the data.  

This is a lesson for us all. No matter how genuine an email appears do not click on a link without first double checking on the validity via a direct website.  

Also do not leave a back up drive connected.
If you do it will also be corrupted.
Any virus can affect it, while connected

Telstra Scam

Clever copy of Telstra logo, text and page. Never click on those links.

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Latest Covid-19 scams

Be aware that there are now scams claiming to offer advice or information about the Covid-19 virus . Messages that pretend to be government and other trusted organisations are known as phishing scams. They often contain a link to a fake website, where you are encouraged to enter confidential details.

To protect yourself from phishing:

Remember, Australian Government agencies will never send you text messages containing web-links.

 If you’ve suffered financial loss from cybercrime, report it to ReportCyber at


BE AWARE - Some current Scams

Australian Tax Office

Post Office

Police threat - phone call
(suggesting you will be prosecuted)

Just hang up

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during COVID-19

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Using Tap and GO

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