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Cloud
Sophos uncovers latest cyber attack trends in Playbook report
Research finds that there has been a 36% increase in cyber attack dwell time, with a median intruder dwell time of 15 days in 2021 versus 11 days in 2020.
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Cloud
Ransomware attacks on healthcare increased 94% in 2021
New research has revealed a 94% increase in ransomware attacks on the organisations within the healthcare sector during 2021. 
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Partner awards
Somerville wins 2022 Sophos A/NZ Partner of the Year Award
Sophos has announced the winners of its Australia and New Zealand Partner Awards for 2022, including Somerville as its Partner of the Year.
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Cloud
Ransomware hits 65% of organisations in Singapore
Next-generation cybersecurity firm Sophos has released its annual survey and review of real-world ransomware experiences in the State of Ransomware 2022.
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Ransomware
Cybersecurity starts with education
In 2021, 80% of Australian organisations responding to the Sophos State of Ransomware study reported being hit by ransomware. 
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Firewall
Sophos named Gartner Peer Insights Customers Choice for network firewalls
The company earned the highest overall customer rating among vendors with at least 150 verified customer reviews.
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Ransomware
80% of Australian organisations hit with ransomware in 2021
"The proportion of victims paying up also continues to increase, even when they may have other options available."
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Cybersecurity
Sophos unveils cloud protection advancements with Linux and offerings
Sophos has unveiled advancements to Sophos Cloud Workload Protection, including new Linux host and container security capabilities. 
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Malware
Sophos achieves perfect scores in SE Labs protection tests
Sophos' endpoint products have been ranked top in protection and false-positive tests for enterprise, small businesses, and consumers.
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Sophos
Report: Australian businesses facing significant security challenges
A recent survey report by Sophos has revealed many significant security challenges that Australian businesses are facing and will continue to face going forward.
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Ransomware
Attackers using Log4Shell vulnerability to deliver backdoors
Attackers are using the Log4Shell vulnerability to deliver backdoors and profiling scripts to unpatched VMware Horizon servers.
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Cryptocurrency
CryptoRom Bitcoin swindlers – what to look out for
Since the pandemic began, there has been a concerning surge in crypto and investment related scams in Australia, in particular, a spike in dating and romance scams.
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scam
Crypto scam targets dating app users on iPhone and Android
A new international cryptocurrency trading scam called CryptoRom targets iPhone and Android users through popular dating apps.
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Ransomware
Sophos launches zero trust offering for advanced endpoint protection
Sophos has launched Sophos ZTNA, a zero trust network access (ZTNA) offering that fully integrates with Sophos Intercept X to provide advanced endpoint protection and zero trust network access with a single agent.
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Sophos
Logjam: Log4j exploit attempts continue in globally distributed scans, attacks
"This rapid iteration of fixes has left software developers and organisations worldwide scrambling to assess and mitigate their exposure with nearly daily-changing guidance."
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Ransomware
Sophos reveals malicious tactics of AvosLocker ransomware
“The techniques used by AvosLocker are simple, but very clever. They ensure that the ransomware has the best chance of running in Safe Mode and allow the attackers to retain remote access to the machines throughout the attack."
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Microsoft
Critical Microsoft Office patch exploited by new malware
Sophos has released details of a novel exploit that bypasses a patch for a critical vulnerability affecting the Microsoft Office file format. 
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Ransomware
New threat intelligence from Sophos following the Apache Log4Shell vulnerability
Sophos has provided new threat intelligence following the reporting of the Apache Log4Shell vulnerability.
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Ransomware
Sophos discovers new Python ransomware called Memento
Cybercriminals are continuously scanning the internet for vulnerable online entry points, and they don't wait in line when they find one. 
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Malware
Sophos uncovers new variants of Tor2Mine cryptominer
Sophos has released new findings on the Tor2Mine cryptominer that show how the miner evades detection, spreads automatically through a target network, and is increasingly harder to remove from an infected system.
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Amazon Web Services / AWS
Sophos enhances Cloud Optix to simplify detection and response of AWS security incidents
"Sorting through and making sense of potentially thousands of user activity events to identify suspicious activity used to be near impossible."
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Cybersecurity
New variants of Android spyware linked to advanced persistent threat
"The attackers use social engineering to lure victims into granting the permissions needed to see into every corner of their digital life."
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Malware
New malware that abuses Windows 10 App Installer uncovered
Sophos researchers have uncovered a new attack operation by the malware family known as BazarBackdoor, which abuses the Windows 10 App Installer to spread malware.
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Cloud
Ransomware black hole pulls in other cyberthreats to create one massive delivery system
The gravitational force of ransomware's black hole is pulling in other cyberthreats to form one massive, interconnected ransomware delivery system with significant implications for IT security.