#BECYBERSMART: Identity Theft & Internet Scams

Today’s technology allows us to connect around the world, to bank and shop online, and to control our televisions, homes, and cars from our smartphones. With this added convenience comes an increased risk of identity theft and Internet scams. #BeCyberSmart on the Internet—at home, at school, at work, on mobile devices, and on the go.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 1 in 4 Australians have been a victim of identity crime at some point in their lives.
  • In May 2021, the world’s largest meat processing company, JBS Foods, fell victim to cyber attacks that have shut down production around the world, including in Australia. Global meat processing company JBS Foods has since confirmed that it paid the equivalent of $US11 million ($14.2 million) to a criminal gang to end a five-day cyber attack that halted its operations around the world, including Australia.
  • The Australia-based beverage giant ‘Lion Australia’, behind beer brands Little Creatures, XXXX, Tooheys and James Squire was hit by a second ransom attack after its manufacturing and IT systems were crippled by hackers demanding a ransom of reportedly $1 million in the week of June 10, 2020.

COMMON INTERNET SCAMS

Today’s technology allows us to connect around the world, to bank and shop online, and to control our televisions, homes, and cars from our smartphones. With this added convenience comes an increased risk of identity theft and Internet scams. #BeCyberSmart on the Internet—at home, at school, at work, on mobile devices, and on the go.

  • COVID-19 SCAMS take the form of emails with malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or donating to fraudulent charities or causes. Exercise caution in handling any email with a COVID-19-related subject line, attachment, or hyperlink, and be wary of social media pleas, texts, or calls related to COVID-19.
  • IMPOSTER SCAMS occur when you receive an email or call from a person claiming to be a government official, family member, or friend requesting personal or financial information. For example, an imposter may contact you from the Taxation Department informing you that your tax file number (TFN) has been suspended, in hopes you will reveal your TFN or pay a fine to have it reactivated.
  • COVID-19 ECONOMIC PAYMENTS SCAMS target Australian JobKeeper payments. The Australian Government urges all Australians to be on the lookout for criminal fraud related to COVID-19 economic impact payments—particularly fraud using coronavirus lures to steal personal and financial information, as well as the economic impact payments themselves—and for adversaries seeking to disrupt payment efforts.

PROTECT YOURSELF FROM ONLINE FRAUD

STAY PROTECTED WHILE CONNECTED: The bottom line is that whenever you’re online, you’re vulnerable. If devices on your network are compromised for any reason, or if hackers break through an encrypted firewall, someone could be eavesdropping on you—even in your own home on encrypted Wi-Fi.

  • Practice safe web surfing wherever you are by checking for the “green lock” or padlock icon in your browser bar— this signifies a secure connection.
  • When you find yourself out in the great “wild Wi-Fi West,” avoid free Internet access with no encryption.
  • If you do use an unsecured public access point, practice good Internet hygiene by avoiding sensitive activities (e.g., banking) that require passwords or credit cards. Your personal hotspot is often a safer alternative to free Wi-Fi.
  • Don’t reveal personally identifiable information such as your bank account number, SSN, or date of birth to unknown sources.
  • Type website URLs directly into the address bar instead of clicking on links or cutting and pasting from the email

CONTACT THE ABT SUPPORT TEAM

Please email our team at support@abtechnologies.com.au or via phone on 1300 705 062 to learn more

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