Hacked! | Cyber true crime

Been phished lately? Phishing is a phony email/text or phone call from 'the bank' asking you to use a link to update your details. Or maybe the message is from the Australian Tax Office, federal police, business partners or large nationally known chains and networks. And it is big business, with millions of unsuspecting people logging in their security details, risking their identity, savings and credit ratings. 

This type of cybercrime uses social engineering – hacker speak for scams that use psychological tactics rather than technical tricks. Never before has it been so easy to gain access to people’s lives. The internet can be a virtual playground for identity theft, online stalking and blatant money grabs. 

Since 1 July 2019, an average of 164 cybercrimes per day or approximately one report every 10 minutes. Australian Scamwatch received 353,000 combined reports in 2019 with $634 million stolen, $126 million in investment scams and $83 mill to romance scams.

FBI’s worst nightmare finally caught

Hacking, traditionally the mythical domain of tech engineers cracking codes and systems, could be someone or bots backdooring your Instagram account. On the other extreme, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning became internet warriors, using the platform to reveal government documents and associated crimes online. 

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