Cybercrime spreads across Australia as COVID-19 pushes more people online


Sydney — Australia reported on Wednesday that cybercrime has increased by 13% over the past year. Working from home during a pandemic made more people vulnerable to online attacks, resulting in one in four cases targeting critical infrastructure and services.

The Australian Cyber ​​Security Center (ACSC) received one cybercrime report every 8 minutes for 12 months until June 30, 2021.

In a statement, Defense Minister Andrew Hasty focused on hackers working online in remote areas and using the horror created by COVID-19 to aggressively target vulnerable people and medical services. He said he spy on him and stole money and sensitive data.

Ransomware incidents have increased by nearly 15%, with the medical sector reporting the second highest number of attacks.

Ransom software works by encrypting the victim’s data, and hackers usually provide the victim with a passcode (or “key”) to pay for cryptocurrencies that can reach millions of dollars. Get the data in exchange for.

“Malicious cybercriminals are escalating attacks on Australians,” Hastie said.

Last June, Australia said it was targeted by “sophisticated state-based cyberattackers” in attacks targeting all levels of government, political parties, and essential service providers. Sources told Reuters that Australia considers China to be the main suspect, but Beijing has denied it.

In July of this year, its allies, including the United States and Australia, accused China of global cyber-spying and said Secretary of State Antony Blinken raised “a major threat to our economy and national security.” ..

IDCare, which works with regulators to help victims of identity theft, said the ACSC numbers are “the tip of the iceberg” because many victims did not report to the authorities. He said he had experienced a 47 percent surge in complaints in 2021 compared to 2020, which was a record year in itself.

“The general indicator is that it’s not slowing down and can increase,” said David Lacey, managing director of IDCare.

“It’s a perfect storm for scammers and a condition they love and prosper.”

Reuters

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