More than half of Australians have experienced online phished attempts in the past 12 months, according to a new report.
The Federal Government is also taking steps to combat the growing problem, with new security guidelines for businesses and consumers to ensure they are aware of phishing and phishing attempts.
The phishing threat has grown dramatically over the past few years, with many Australians experiencing phishing incidents over the last 12 months.
The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) and a consortium of industry stakeholders are recommending that businesses and consumer groups take additional steps to ensure online phishers are unable to access their bank account information, create new credit cards, access their credit cards through other services and access their personal information.
“We’re seeing an increasing number of phishers attempting to breach consumer and business security measures,” ACSC chief executive Chris Riedl said.
“It’s very important that businesses understand the steps they need to take to mitigate the threat.”
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“This is a growing concern,” ACSCC CEO Chris Riesl said, warning businesses should be aware of their own security risks.
“While we do not know for certain who is behind these phishing campaigns, we believe the likelihood of being contacted is much greater for those businesses that are targeted by these phishers than for those that are not,” he said.
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“The majority of these phished emails are fraudulent and have no bearing on your identity, including your credit or bank account,” the report said.
Some businesses are already taking these precautions, including banks, payment providers and retailers.
The ACSC report said the Australian Consumer Law required that businesses provide a copy of any personal information they held to customers for any purpose.
“As a result, it is extremely important that consumers are aware that personal information held by a business or consumer is subject to the Australian Privacy Act,” it said.ACSC also recommended that businesses be aware that phishing attacks on businesses and other organisations could result in financial damage and could lead to breaches of the credit reporting system.
“Businesses are the victims of these attacks, and we know that this is a very real and serious threat to businesses, consumers and their businesses, and this report is a great way to ensure that businesses are aware,” Riesll said.
He said the Government needed to “urgently take action” to address phishing.
“I think it’s critical for all Australians to be vigilant about what is happening, and I think it will be a long time before this problem is resolved, which will be very hard to do,” Riedll said, calling on businesses to do their part.
“Actions to protect the Australian economy and consumer are now urgently required.”
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