New report finds 1 in 6 Australians scammed during lockdown

New report finds 1 in 6 Australians scammed during lockdown
As many as one in six Australians fell victim to an online scam during the COVID-19 pandemic, prompting experts to warn of illegal activity as screen time increases.
Findings from the NortonLifeLock Digital Transformation Report reveal changes in Australians' behaviours online as a result of the lockdown.
The most alarming finding being that as many as one in six Australians fell victim to cybercrime during the lockdown period.

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Mark Gorrie, Senior Director of NortonLifeLock, Asia-Pacific, says it's likely cybercrime increased during lockdown as a result of people's heightened anxieties around COVID-19.
"Cyber criminals always prey on people's fears, they are very opportunistic," Mr Gorrie told
"Depending on what's happening at the time, even pre-COVID in Australia, bushfires were a big problem and we started to see charity scams associated with that."
Mr Gorrie says identity theft is one of the major concerns among cyberattacks.

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As screen time increased during the lockdown period, so did the wealth of information made available to cybercriminals.
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The report revealed up to 29 per cent of Australians were connecting to open or unsecured networks, leaving them more susceptible to phishing emails and dangerous malware.
"A lot of phishing emails are very much about harvesting information to develop and optimise," Mr Gorrie said.
"They then sell the data on say the dark web, and it develops a bit of an ecosystem amongst cybercriminals."
In order to stay safe online Mr Gorrie suggests taking your online hygiene as seriously as your physical hygiene.
  • Complicate your passwords and don't use the same one for multiple accounts
  • Use a virtual private network (VPN)
  • Be weary of coronavirus-related phishing emails
  • Only use trusted websites which include "https://", not "http://"
  • Update your devices regularly