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.