Cy­ber crime par­tic­u­larly harm­ful for over-55s


Twelve cy­ber se­cu­rity in­ci­dents were re­ported by Otago res­i­dents in the first quar­ter of this year.

They were among more than 500 in­ci­dents re­ported through­out the coun­try, ac­cord­ing to CERT, the govern­ment’s cy­ber se­cu­rity unit. By far the largest num­ber were in Auck­land (194), fol­lowed by Welling­ton (102) and Can­ter­bury (46).

CERT di­rec­tor Rob Pope says that fi­nan­cial losses con­tinue to be sig­nif­i­cant, with New Zealan­ders re­port­ing al­most $3 mil­lion lost di­rectly to cy­ber se­cu­rity in­ci­dents be­tween Jan­uary and March this year.

‘‘This has been par­tic­u­larly harm­ful for vic­tims in the over55 age group, who have re­ported los­ing more money than any other age group.’’

He said CERT’s role was to not only help af­fected peo­ple, but use the in­for­ma­tion from in­ci­dent re­ports to help all Ki­wis im­prove their cy­ber se­cu­rity.

The data also showed that phish­ing was the most com­mon cy­ber se­cu­rity threat. Phish­ing is send­ing emails pur­port­ing to be from rep­utable com­pa­nies to get peo­ple to re­veal per­sonal in­for­ma­tion, such as pass­words and credit card num­bers.

Al­most $3 mil­lion was lost di­rectly to cy­ber se­cu­rity in­ci­dents through­out the coun­try be­tween Jan­uary and March this year.

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