Warning on Identity Theft online in Mansfield

Monday, 11 May, 2020 - 11:30

Cyber Security Awareness via Free Webinar

How would you feel if your emails were intercepted and / or your mobile phone number was ported to a different carrier without your knowledge? Telstra’s Business Technology Centre in the North East has been dealing with a three-fold increase in these kinds of hacking events for Mansfield customers in recent weeks.

Mansfield Mayor, Cr Marg Attley OAM, said identity theft issues are alarming and she has advised all residents to be vigilant, instantly report any issues and make themselves aware of what they can do to protect themselves and their online assets.

“Telstra’s Business Technology Centre contacted us to advise of the issue with similar attacks in our Shire. After bushfires, power cuts, Coronavirus and floods, no individuals or businesses need any further stress from something like this,” Cr Attley said.

Cr Attley said Telstra advised that locally they had seen more incidents of people having their personal data online compromised since January.

Loretta Willaton, Regional General Manager for Telstra, said from one hacking it may be that records were accessed which has provided the hackers with more details of locals.

“Recently our customers from Mansfield have increasingly been reaching out, letting us know that they have been affected by a cyber attack or that there has been an attempt.” said Ms Willaton.

“Predominantly these are being delivered as fake emails, looking like they come from big organisations such as Apple and the ATO. The purpose of them is to get you to click a link, or to enter your personal information. These attacks are called Phishing attacks.

“To assist and hopefully spare more individuals and businesses from attack, we are running two cyber security awareness sessions via webinar. The first is on 14 May,” she said

The webinars will cover -

  • How to recognise a cyber attack
  • Cyber security importance
  • Phishing attacks
  • Ransomware attacks
  • How to minimise the risk of an attack
  • What to do if you are affected

Sessions will be held on Thursday, 14 and 21 May at 1.00pm. If you would like to register for one of these sessions, you can contact Matthew Kowalczyk on 0408-308 168.

Cr Attley said “I encourage you to use this webinar opportunity or access resources, tips and tools to help you stay safe online,” 

Information is also available via the Stay Smart Online website: https://www.staysmartonline.gov.au/alert-service/covid-19-scam-messages-targeting-australians


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Last Updated: Monday, 11 May, 2020 - 11:41