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Cyber Crime Spreads in Australia as COVID-19 Pushes More People Online

SYDNEY—Australia reported on Wednesday a 13 percent jump in cyber crime in the past year, with about one incident in four targeting critical infrastructure and services as working from home during the pandemic made more people vulnerable to online attacks. The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) received one cybercrime report every eight minutes over the 12 months to June 30, 2021, it said in its annual report. Hackers have switched their focus to people working remotely online, and used fear created by COVID-19 to actively target vulnerable people and health services to conduct espionage, and steal money and sensitive data, Assistant Minister of Defence Andrew Hastie said in a statement. Ransomware incidents increased nearly 15 percent, with the health sector reporting the second-highest number of attacks. Ransom software works by encrypting victims’ data and typically hackers will offer victims a passcode— or a “key”—to retrieve it in return for cryptocurrency …

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