Posted October 02, 2019 06:02:50 Australia’s internet has experienced a surge in cyberattacks over the past month, with the number of cyberattacks reported in the past 24 hours on top of a spate of attacks on government websites.
The ABC understands that more than 2,200 attacks were reported on Wednesday alone.
Those who suffered an attack are being asked to contact the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and provide proof of identity, such as a bank card or credit card number, to support the claim.
Some users are also reporting that they are being blocked on social media and on VPN services by Australian authorities.
The AFP says it has received a number of complaints about these attacks.
The AFP has confirmed it is aware of the issue and has launched an investigation.
“We’re looking into it and we’re aware of what’s going on,” an AFP spokesperson told ABC News.
The Government has been forced to reinstate the use of its public DNS servers in Australia, which was due to take effect on Wednesday.
The DNS has been the subject of an investigation by Australian Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham, who said it had been “totally misused”.
“The misuse of DNS is a serious issue and we need to find out exactly how this has happened and why it is happening,” she said.
“It is not something we’ve been able to control or control quickly enough.”
But Denham has warned that the “risk of abuse” remains high, with attacks “on a scale never before experienced”.
“I believe the risk of this kind of activity to the internet is very real and that this is a matter of concern to all Australians,” she told ABC Radio’s AM program.
“This type of activity, when people are given access to it, can be very dangerous.”
The risk of abuse is still there.
“She said there was a need for internet users to be able to trust each other, but warned that those who are “stalking” could be subject to criminal charges.”
I think it’s important that people understand that this kind, if you will, of cybercrime is very serious and should be treated as such,” she added.”
And that there is a real risk of harm.
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