Australian Census 2021 – Digital Dangers

The insights shared were covered by Which - 50

Ajay Unni, Founder and CEO, StickmanCyber, was in conversation with Which- 50 describing how census will provide cybercriminals a golden opportunity to bombard the unwary with fake emails and dodgy links designed to inflict maximum harm.


You can read the full content on the report below:

Every five years, the Australian government asks us to participate in a census. The idea is to give the government a snapshot of the population and see how the nation has changed.

The significant change with census 2021 is that it’s going digital, allowing us to log in via a web browser or app and answer the questions free of pen and paper.

Warning

Interestingly census 2021 also offers cybercriminals a golden opportunity to bombard the unwary with fake emails and dodgy links designed to inflict maximum harm.

Cyber Security expert Ajay Unni, founder and CEO of StickmanCyber, and a 30 year veteran of the industry told Which-50 that people need to be extra vigilant during the census period.

“You need to proceed with caution when you click on links and provide your information online. Double and triple-check that the link you’re clicking on is authorised, and be careful that you don’t provide information to a fake or a criminal hosted website,” said Unni.

Unni warns that once your system is compromised, cybercriminals will go straight for personal identifiers, such as date of birth, drivers license, banking and even utility bills. Anything that helps them identify and validate themselves as you will be fair game.

“While the government will make every effort to ensure the security and privacy of your data and that the website is functioning correctly during the census process – especially given the last census where it was hit by several distributed denial of service attacks – we all have a role to play in fighting cybercrime and it only takes a few simple cyber hygiene steps to ensure that we operate safely in a digital space,” said Unni.

You have been warned.

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