Sunday, September 26, 2021

Cybercrime spreads in Australia as COVID-19 hits more people online

SYDNEY-Australia on Wednesday reported a 13 per cent rise in cybercrime over the past year, with one in four incidents targeting critical infrastructure and services as more people working from home during the pandemic are more vulnerable to online attacks. came in.

The Australian Cyber ​​Security Center (ACSC) received a cybercrime report every eight minutes for the 12 months to June 30, 2021, it said in its annual report.

Assistant Defense Secretary Andrew Hasty said in a statement that hackers have turned their attention to people working remotely online, and used the fear created by COVID-19 to spy on vulnerable people and health services. And have to be actively targeted to steal money and sensitive data.

Ransomware incidents increased by about 15 percent, with the health sector reporting the second highest number of attacks.

Ransom software works by encrypting the victims’ data and typically hackers provide victims with a passcode—or “key”—to recover it in exchange for cryptocurrency payments that can run into the millions of dollars.

“Malicious cybercriminals are intensifying their attacks on Australians,” Hasty said.

In June last year, Australia said that all levels of government, political parties and essential service providers were being targeted by a “sophisticated state-based cyber actor” with targeted attacks. Sources told Reuters that Australia saw China as the main suspect, which Beijing has denied.

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In July this year, the United States and its allies, including Australia, accused China of a global cyber espionage campaign that Secretary of State Antony Blinken called “a major threat to our economic and national security”.

IDCare, which works with regulators to support identity theft victims, said the ACSC figures were “the tip of the iceberg” because many victims did not report to authorities. It said it has experienced a 47 per cent jump in complaints so far in 2021 as compared to 2020, which was a record year.

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“There are general indicators that it is not slowing down and is likely to grow,” said David Lacey, managing director of IDCare.

“It’s a perfect storm for scammers, these are the conditions they love and thrive in.”


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

Cybercrime spreads in Australia as COVID-19 hits more people online
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