A recent ransomware attack on the UK electricity system shows this pandemic is also about computer viruses.
With so many people working from home on vulnerable networks and set-ups, cybersecurity is a growing concern.
Much of the world is moving online in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Society's newly increased dependence on the internet is bringing the need for good cyber policy into sharp relief.
Police experience in crisis and hostage negotiation could come in handy when dealing with cybercriminals who have, effectively, kidnapped data.
Measures that can be taken include good cyber hygiene and legal action.
The wool industry was paralysed for several days after hackers held to ransom the IT system that governs almost all wool sales in Australia and New Zealand. More attacks are a case of if, not when.
A recent leakware attack targeting Johannesburg was the second of its kind ever recorded. Hackers demanded A$52,663 worth of bitcoins, in return for not releasing senstivie civilian information.
Cyber-criminals are targeting city authorities because they often pay out – but there are other ways to protect public data and services.
Ransomware has crippled governments and companies around the world, encrypting data and demanding payment for the decryption key – though that's no guarantee of recovering the information.
The latest malware is designed especially to make small companies pay through the nose for their data.
Medical practices have special requirements under the Privacy Act, but the security and privacy systems some providers currently have in place may be inadequate.
It turns out you can't ensure cyber-security in the world's fifth-largest employer if there's no one in charge of making it happen.
Like legitimate e-commerce, ransomware e-crime is increasing in scale, value and sophistication.
As cryptocurrency systems improve, they will better protect criminals' identities and even allow people to offer anonymous rewards for crimes they want committed.
The way we talk about cyberspace may make us more vulnerable to hacking.
Cybercriminals increasingly depend on e-currencies to profit from their misdeeds. They, and their potential victims, could be driving some of the growth in cryptocurrency markets.
The situation of Marcus Hutchins – hailed as a hero for stopping one malware attack but charged with being involved with another – highlights the ambiguity of hacker culture.
Mayhem, not money, seems to be the ultimate aim of the latest attack unleashed on computer networks around the world.
When companies neglect cybersecurity, customers – and society as a whole – suffer. It’s time customers demanded better of corporations.
Movies tell us that paying a ransom means the bad guys win, but in the real world it's not that simple.