New Zealand companies are being warned they are as vulnerable to cyber-ransoming as any other global company, with as "onslaught" of malicious hackers.
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Cyber crimes, and cyber-ransoming in particular are on the rise in New Zealand, according to the GCSB. In a cyber-ransoming attack, a company or individual's online files are locked down, and a ransom demanded for access to be restored.
Technology strategist Mark Shaw said while ransomware had been around for a while, there had been a "significant resurgence" in the past few years. There had been concerted efforts to target business, he said.
"While it takes a lot more effort to target a business, to find vulnerabilities, in their public facing, internet presence, the pay back is significant."
Robert Harris, a New Zealander working in the United States for a security company, said hackers did not care "who you are, where you are" or what you did.
"To them you're just an IP address and if they can penetrate your network, once they're in there, they'll go as far as they can with the sophisticated devices they've got.
"It's changed a lot from the days when you've got the kids in hoodies trying to cause chaos, the cyber attacks are very sophisticated now - and it's really not a matter of if, but when, you're going to be breached."