26 September 2023

Cyber Centre makes online tool for victims

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Canberrans who suspect their devices may have been hacked are to get answers with the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) launching a new online tool for victims of cyber-attacks.

Launching its Have you been hacked? tool, ACSC said the new platform was designed to take potential victims through a series of scenarios to help them assess if they had been hacked, and if so, guide them on how to respond.

“Scenarios include ransomware attacks, malware, e-mail compromise and identity theft, as well as phishing and fake website scams accessed via sms and mobile devices,” the ACSC said.

“The tool is simple to use and includes typical warning signs, scenario explanations, and easy-to-follow steps on what to do next to remedy the situation,” it said.

“The tool also tailors its advice to users’ impacted devices.”

ACSC said preparation and prevention advice was also delivered through the tool, “even where it’s likely a hack has not occurred, ensuring Australians are as protected as possible”.

The Centre urged Australians to take simple steps to mitigate ransomware threats, like updating their devices, turning on multi-factor authentication and performing regular backups.

“The ACSC has also published updated ransomware advice, to help protect against and respond to ransomware attacks, available at cyber.gov.au/ransomware,” it said.

The ACSC’s new Have you been hacked? tool can be accessed at this PS News link and its updated ransomware advice at this link.

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