Queensland Ransomware and Malware on Finland Smart Phones

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Queensland based energy company CS Energy has suffered a ransomware attack crippling the servers related to power generation across the network. And reports are in that the incident did not affect the electricity generation as its spread was only limited to administration based servers.

The IT staff at the Callide and Kogan Creek power stations are working hard to restore the operations and, to a certain extent, the situation seems to have improved since Monday this week.

Andrew Bills, the CEO of CS Energy, has confirmed the incident and stated that its incident response team has notified the government, as per the latest Australian projected Ransomware Action Plan.

Telstra is planning to acquire the energy market of Australia and has plans to purchase Stanwell Corporation, Cleanco, and CS Energy by the end of 2023.

Coming to the other news related to malware, sources reporting to Cybersecurity Insiders say that thousands of smart phones were bombarded with messages containing malicious links meant to spread FluBot malware.

Information is out that more than 10k smart phones were infected with FluBot that occurred after threat actors took control of a few of the message servers at the data center owned by Telia Finland.

National Cyber Security Centre has issued an alert to all mobile phone users urging them not to click on links sent by unknown SMS senders.

Now to those interested in how the message appears to brush up their knowledge, here’s a gist.

To all those using Android phones in Finland, never open a message that shows a voice mail awaiting a response from the user to open a link. As the link is leading to the malicious software downloads that thereafter lead to data steal, espionage, and data encryption.

And for those using Apple iPhones, users are being diverted to a website through an extortion message that is asking for personal information to free up their device from malware.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security