On the offensive against COVID-19 cyber criminals

Published:

Cyber experts from the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) are cracking down on offshore cyber criminals who are targeting Australian households and businesses through devious scams and attacks.

Telecommunications firms have also been engaged to block and takedown malicious websites.  

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the ASD has mobilised its offensive cyber capabilities, to disrupt foreign cyber criminals responsible for a spate of malicious activities during COVID-19.

"Cyber criminals that are using the cover of cyberspace and international borders to target Australians are not beyond our reach," Minister Reynolds said.

 "We are hitting back through the Australian Signals Directorate, who have already successfully disrupted activities from foreign criminals by disabling their infrastructure and blocking their access to stolen information.

"Some of these cybercriminals have even posed as health officials in an attempt to exploit vulnerable Australians, by infecting their computers with malware and stealing their private information."

ASD Director-General, Rachel Noble PSM said cyber criminals are expected to continue targeting Australians through their COVID-19 themed malicious activities.

"Our offensive cyber campaign has only just begun and we will continue to strike back at these cyber criminals operating offshore as they attempt to steal money and data from Australians," Ms Noble said.

The ASD's Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is taking further action to mitigate and disrupt COVID-19 related cyber scams, working closely with Australia's telecommunications providers to block access to websites identified as malicious.

The ACSC is also working with web-browser companies Google and Microsoft to have the websites flagged as malicious, to ensure web-users are warned about these sites before they are able to visit them.

"Close cooperation with telecommunications and IT companies is vital in providing increased protective barriers for Australians from these heartless cyber criminals," Ms Noble said.

 
Australian Government Coronavirus COVID-19 Political Technology & Communications
Social:   

Australian Government, Department of Defence :
Australia Wide
1800 333 362
Australian Government, Department of Defence
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Applications now open for Veteran and Community Grants 17 November 2020 | "Local communities know best what will benefit veterans and their families, whether that is improvements that make community spaces safer and more accessible, equipment that will enable COVID-safe activities, or... More information...
Release of 2019 Defence Census Results 14 November 2020 | Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester said the Census provided valuable data on the demographic profile of the Defence workforce and assisted in the development of policies and conditions that keep pace... More information...
Grants help preserve Australia's Wartime heritage 05 November 2020 | Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester said the recipients of this round of grant funding were making a vital contribution to preserving our military history and bringing the community together through... More information...
Reflecting on Indigenous military service this NAIDOC week 09 November 2020 | DURING NAIDOC Week, held from 8–15 November, we should all pause and remember the legacy and valuable contribution of Australia's First Nations' service men and women. More information...
Stay connected this Veterans' Health Week 23 October 2020 | Running from 24 October to 1 November 2020, the theme for this year's Veterans' Health Week is Social Connection, one of the most important aspects of maintaining your overall mental health and wellbeing. More information...
Updated national security science and technology priorities 13 October 2020 | Australia's national security will be strengthened following the Government's release of updated National Security Science and Technology Priorities. More information...
Look out for your mates on World Mental Health Day 2020 10 October 2020 | "Mental health is everyone's business and we all have a part to play — check in on a mate, ask them if they are ok, have a conversation and help them get the support they need," Mr Chester said. More information...
Report provides further understanding of Defence and Veteran suicide 09 October 2020 | The latest report on incidence of suicide among current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel was released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, revealing 33 deaths by suicide... More information...
Interim response to Productivity Commission report and findings from the TPI Review 08 October 2020 | Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester said the interim response addressed 25 of the report's 69 recommendations, with a particular focus on mental health, wellbeing... More information...
Calling on cyber students for the 2021 ADF Cyber Gap Program 08 October 2020 | If you're passionate about cyber security and interested in how you can help defend and protect our nation in cyberspace, the 2021 ADF Cyber Gap Program could be for you. More information...


comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service