Petya - Information Warfare not Ransomware?
The current Petya 'ransomware' is emerging as an information warfare malware. It seems primarily aimed at destroying data on Windows systems rather than ransoming. There appears no way paying the ransom will result in your data being decrypted. Petya can spread throughout organisations and servers, including backups and both encrypts the data and does irreversable damage to hard drives. Information warfare primarily involves one party degrading the assets of another party. The current Petya infection appears to follow this path rather than that of criminal intent.
A cure for Petya infection is potentially possible for those quick to act.
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Breaking news - New worldwide ransomware attack
A new ransomware attack at least as big as WannaCry is attacking computers throughout the world today (28 June 2017). The result is work has stopped in many companies and government organisations. Symantec and other claim the attack is again based on based on the NSA's Eternal Blue exploit. It is not possible to buy recovery decryption keys but it is possible (if one is quick!) to recover from the infection - see https://www.itnews.com.au/news/what-we-know-so-far-about-the-petyagoldeneye-ransomware-466707?eid=3&edate=20170628&utm_source=20170628_PM&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=daily_newsletter
New sophisticated Mac malware and ransomware
Queensland crime data problem
Queensland Attorney General has reported that Queensland has serious problems with the quality of its crime data - "Queensland's crime statistics are 'questionable at best and unreliable at worst"'due to an "unacceptable" level of inaccurate and incomplete data' (QAO Report 14. 2016-17). Accurate crime data is essential to successful CPTED. Crime data enables good decisions about how, why and where to apply limited CPTED resources.This problem of Queensland crime data has serious implications for those undertaking CPTED projects and CPTED evaluations in Queensland.
Graffiti legal in NSW?
The City of Sydney proposes to modify its Local Environmental Plan to make graffiti legal as Art. Artists are pleased, but not everything is allowed.
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