‘Networks are vulnerable to hacking’: Australian cyber security agency warns (ABC News)
Posted On July 3, 2021
A cyber security watchdog has warned that networks around the world are vulnerable, and that a growing number of businesses are not only vulnerable to cyber attacks, but that they are also vulnerable to identity theft.
The Cybersecurity Awareness Network, which is based in the US, has warned of a rise in the number of organisations being hacked by foreign cyber gangs.
It said this year there were nearly 700 breaches of organisations’ computer systems.
The group said that it had been monitoring the situation and said it was concerned that the number had increased in the past year.
“We have seen the trend for the past several years where organisations are being hacked and we think it is only going to get worse,” Cybersecurity Officer Dr Peter Jones told ABC Radio.
“There’s no doubt in our mind that cyber crime will be a major issue in the future, and it will continue to rise.”
Cyber security expert and former Australian Federal Police commissioner Bob Hanneman told ABC News the increased cyber attacks in Australia had been going on for years.
“If you look at a large part of the world, in Asia, it’s not just the United States, it is not just Russia, it has a number of countries across the world,” Dr Hanneman said.
“And there are also other countries in Europe that have done this as well.”
Cybersecurity experts believe that the rise in cyber attacks is related to the rise of online services that can be used by criminals to gain access to organisations.
They say that criminals use these services to take control of networks or steal personal information such as credit card numbers and passwords.
“So if you are going to be attacked you want to be able to protect yourself, but there is no doubt about that,” Mr Hanneman explained.
“That’s where this rise in attacks comes from.”
He said that organisations were increasingly being hacked to steal their credit card information.
“When you are a large enterprise that is going to have a lot of financial and human resources that are being used in a very big way,” he said.
Dr Hannem said that cyber attacks had become so prevalent that it was no longer enough to just take the security measures that organisations took to protect themselves.
“You need to be really concerned about the whole environment of what is happening in that organisation, particularly in the security department, because it’s very much a cyber threat,” he explained.
Cyber attacks on businesses Dr Hannema said that businesses were increasingly becoming vulnerable to attack.
“They don’t want to go to the police, they don’t have the confidence of the police,” he told ABC TV.
“In a large corporation it can take years, in the case of large organisations, maybe five to 10 years to get that information back.”
In the case where you are an individual, the security of your identity and your identity is going away.
“Even if you can get a card, if you don’t know who’s holding the card and what the card is, that’s a problem.”
Mr Hannem also said that the amount of personal data being stolen was increasing.
“The amount of information that is being accessed on your computer, and the amount that you have access to, is increasing exponentially,” he noted.
“It’s not a one-off attack.
It’s a lot more than that.”
Dr Hannemin also said the cyber attacks were becoming more sophisticated.
“Now you have this capability of stealing information on your computers, which could be the data that you’re using, the email address of a business, or your banking account information, or even your social security number,” he remarked.
“As you’re being used more and more, it can be very difficult to keep track of what’s going on.”