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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.


Welcome Address delivered by Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information, at the DFK International & Asia Pacific Annual Conference 2019 on 11 July 2019 Speeches Infocomm Media 11 Jul 19
Speech by Minister for Communications and Information Mr S Iswaran at MCI Workplan Seminar 2019 on 10 July 2019 Speeches Cyber Security, Digital Readiness, Digital Defence, Infocomm Media, Libraries, Personal Data 10 Jul 19
Speech by Mr S Iswaran, Minister for Communications and Information, at the Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative (HYLI) 2019 on 9 July 2019 Speeches Infocomm Media 09 Jul 19
MCI's response to PQ on SingPost's service improvements Parliament QAs Infocomm Media 09 Jul 19
MCI's response to PQ on Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA)’s public outreach programmes Parliament QAs Cyber Security 08 Jul 19
MCI's response to PQ on Efficacy of Home Access Programme and NEU PC Plus Programme Parliament QAs Digital Readiness 08 Jul 19