Alarming rise in cybercrime

CYBERCRIMES UP ON ALL FRONTS... The ACSC received almost 70,000 reports over the last financial year. Ransomware-related crimes up 15 percent, with the health sector reporting the second highest number of ransomware incidents. Photo: Supplied.

EVERY eight seconds a cybercrime is counted a report has found, increasing 13 percent since last year.

The Australian Cyber Security Centre’s (ACSC) second Annual Cyber Threat Report reveals a concerning upward trend in cybercrime, particularly cases targeting vulnerable Australians and health services to conduct espionage, and to steal money and sensitive data.

The Assistant Minister for Defence, Andrew Hastie MP, said that cyber is the new battleground, and it is a team effort and a shared responsibility to lift the nation’s defences by implementing cyber security measures.

“Malicious cyber criminals are escalating their attacks on Australians. We need all Australians to be vigilant by taking simple cyber security steps including using strong passphrases, enabling two-factor authentication, updating software and devices, and maintaining regular data backups, as well as being on guard against malicious emails and texts.”

The ACSC regularly posts cyber advice and step-by-step guides tailored for all Australians and Australian businesses and organisations, available through cyber.gov.au.
24/7 support is available from ACSC via email ([email protected]) or by calling their hotline on 1300 CYBER1 (1300 292 371)

CYBERCRIMES UP ON ALL FRONTS… The ACSC received almost 70,000 reports over the last financial year. Ransomware-related crimes up 15 percent, with the health sector reporting the second highest number of ransomware incidents. Photo: Supplied.