POLICE have warned Ipswich business owners to protect themselves against cyber criminals who steal data and then hold the victims to ransom.
Dubbed "ransomware attackers", Queensland police said the computer crooks were gaining access to systems through remote access ports, before encrypting the data and demanding a ransom for the safe return of the files.
Members of the State Crime Operations Command's fraud and corporate crime group is investigating a series of sophisticated offences.
Police are urging small businesses to consider taking the following steps to help prevent virus attacks:
- Patch all servers with all available updates and/or update to the latest version of the software package used by the company;
- Have strong passwords on remote access procedures;
- Deploy a strong IT network security solution;
- Ensure you are performing regular back-ups of non-infected systems but don't have the back-up constantly connected.