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It’s a common misconception that cyber criminals only target public figures, governments and big companies. The reality is that everyone has something of value to a cyber criminal –  such as your bank details and personal data. 

Developed by the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA), the ‘Live Savvy with Cybersecurity’ campaign is a national cybersecurity awareness campaign which aims to spread the message about the importance of protecting ourselves online and at the same time, present information and tips to enable us to better safeguard our digital assets. 

Protect your devices and information by practising good cyber hygiene. Visit the GoSafeOnline website and Facebook page for the latest cybersecurity news and tips.



Dangers in the Cyber World
 
Cyber threats are growing in frequency and sophistication by the day and while Singapore is regarded as a safe country, the same cannot be said of the World Wide Web which is borderless. Just as we lock our doors to prevent break-ins, we should similarly take steps to protect ourselves from cyber criminals.
 
Cyber-attacks are taking place every day, perhaps even every minute. According to reports, there were over one million web attacks against people each and every day in 2015.

So what are some common cyber threats?
 

  1. Banking malware: It attempts to steal a victim’s banking credentials once the victim’s computer or mobile device is infected with the malware.
  2. Ransomware: A type of malicious software that locks the files in your computer, rendering the files inaccessible until a ransom is paid.
  3. Phishing attacks: These are attempts by cyber criminals to obtain personal information. They often appear as emails designed to appear as though they are from familiar persons or companies, such as your bank or email service provider.
  4. Botnets: These are a collection of software robots, or ‘bots’ that creates an army of infected computers (known as zombies) that are remotely controlled by the originator. Your device may be one of them without you knowing it. Botnets can send spam emails with viruses attached, spread malware or use your computer to attack other systems (also known as DDoS)
  5. DDoS: A DDoS or Distributed Denial of Service attack happens when a malicious user gets a network of zombie computers to contact a specific website or server. The increase in traffic volume overloads the system, causing it to slow down or shut down completely.
  6. Trojan Horses: It is a malicious programme disguised within a legitimate software.  Once downloaded, it will install itself and run automatically. It can delete your files, watch you through your webcam, use your computer to hack into other computers, and even record your usernames, passwords and other personal information. 

Prevention is key in the fight against cyber threats and practising good cyber hygiene will ensure that we keep our devices and information safe. By doing so, we are taking responsibility for our cybersecurity and doing our part to create a safer cyberspace.


Speech by Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information, at the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)’s Annual Partners’ Appreciation on 6 April 2018 (Friday), at 7.05pm, at the Theatre at Mediacorp Speeches Infocomm Media 06 Apr 18
Opening Remarks by Mr Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information and Ministry Of Health at The Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs Youth Business Conference 2018 on 2 April 2018, 10:00am, Copthorne King’s Hotel Speeches Public Comms 02 Apr 18
Opening speech by Dr Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information, and Ministry of Education, at the inaugural Supercomputing Asia 2018 Conference, Resorts World Convention Centre, Sentosa, on 27 March 2018 Speeches Infocomm Media 27 Mar 18
Working Visit to Australia and New Zealand by Minister Yaacob Ibrahim Press Releases Cyber Security, Infocomm Media, Libraries 25 Mar 18
Closing Speech for Second Reading on Films (Amendment) Bill by Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information, during Parliamentary Sitting on 21 March 2018 Speeches, Parliament QAs Infocomm Media 21 Mar 18
Opening Speech for Second Reading on Films (Amendment) Bill by Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information, during Parliamentary Sitting on 21 March 2018 Speeches Infocomm Media 21 Mar 18