Australia has dodged a bullet from the weekend worldwide onslaught of the WannaCry / WannaCrypt ransomware attack – for the moment, reports Geek Pty Ltd, an Australian firm that specialises in recovering criminally encrypted data.
During the past three days, the WannaCry ransomware epidemic has hit more than 200,000 victims in 150 countries, using vulnerabilities in older versions of Microsoft Windows to lock users' files and demand ransom to release them.
Geek founder and chairman Jon Paior, whose company has helped many Australian businesses escape from cryptolocking ransom demands, said the WannaCry onslaught had abated because a programmer had identified a ‘kill switch’ within the virus. “While that has stopped this iteration of WannaCry from accelerating its attack, it will be back,” he said.
“It’s very likely that someone will reverse engineer this ransomware worm to generate an updated version which you can guarantee will not contain a ‘kill switch’.”
Australian energy storage specialist Redflow today announces its largest single sale of ZBM2 zinc-bromine flow batteries, worth about US$600,000 (A$800,000), for multiple sites in the Pacific Islands.
Redflow partner Vertiv (formerly Emerson Network Power) will provide the batteries for an energy storage solution being designed by New Zealand-based Hitech Solutions.
Hitech is building advanced hybrid energy storage systems to provide reliable, remote power to multiple sites in a Pacific Island nation. This first ZBM2 order from Hitech supports the first stage of a multiple stage project.
Redflow CEO Simon Hackett said this major sector sale recognised the unique advantages of its batteries. “This high-workload deployment in the tropics is ideal for our zinc-bromine flow batteries,” he said.
Accelerated Concepts has launched 4G failover routers that support all carrier bands in Australia and New Zealand, including Band 28, boosting mobile broadband speeds for congested city and bush networks.
The Aussie-designed band-aggregating routers, the just-launched Accelerated 6350-SR and the upgraded Accelerated 6300-CX, now support every carrier frequency in both countries, allowing connection to the least congested bands.
Brisbane-based Accelerated Concepts designs 4G failover routers. sold globally by US-based Accelerated Concepts Inc, which provide Internet access via cellular data networks when primary broadband links fail. As well as launching new and upgraded models, Accelerated has slashed its entry level price in Australia from $899 to just $499 at https://www.acau.com.au/.