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Perth Offices Hacked In $30 Million Ransomware Attack

Cybercriminals are demanding a $30 million ransom after locking the computer system of an international company with an office in Perth.

The company has been forced to stop trading but experts from its U.S. parent company are working to restore operations and develop a new website.

An official has assured WA's Consumer Protection the personal data of clients has not been compromised.

The ransomware attack which occurred on February 14 is similar to the one that affected Toll Group two weeks earlier, disrupting freight and parcel deliveries, according to Consumer Protection.

WA ScamNet has received 68 reports of ransomware or malware attacks since January last year.

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Consumer Protection commissioner Penny Lipscombe said all businesses should review and update their cybersecurity with the latest anti-virus software and firewalls.

"Often the ransomware is downloaded by an employee who opens an attachment in a scam email or clicks on a link, giving the cybercriminals access to the computer system," she said.

"The system is locked by the criminals and files encrypted, followed by a ransom demand to have the system unlocked. Of course, we recommend that companies do not pay the ransom."

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