Scammers are taking advantage of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to exploit and play on the fears of consumers across Australia, such as:
- falsely selling coronavirus-related products online
- using fake emails or text messages to try and obtain personal data
- phishing emails and phone calls impersonating the World Health Organization, government authorities and businesses such as travel agents and phone companies
Australia's eSafety Commissioner exists to safeguard Australians at risk from online harm.
Their latest updates on cyber safety issues related to coronavirus include:
- online safety kit for parents and carers
- protecting children from online abuse
- keeping schools and learning safe online
- online safety tips to help older Australians
Advice for businesses
Review a list of strategies to address cyber security threats provided by the Australian Cyber Security Centre.
Since the coronavirus outbreak began, a large number of Australians are now working and studying remotely. There has been a significant rise in coronavirus-related malicious cyber activity.
Get practical advice to help businesses prevent malicious attacks and recover quickly from cyber security incidents.
Reviewed 16 October 2020