Random gifts arriving in the mail and reviews for goods and services that don’t belong under the name they were written. Personal fraud is part of a digital life but if this happens to you, report it, it helps us understand the financial and psychological damage. How can we possibly trace the source or keep track of the pervasiveness of cyber fraud. Have we managed to train ourselves to be cyber warriors in protection of our own data and therefore our privacy or is cyber fraud happening less?
What is lost in this self-talk however is that digital fraud is a sophisticated and relentless threat. Telstra’s chair, John Mullen, came out recently to admonish the Federal government ministers for undermining Optus’ claim that the cyberattack they recently endured was sophisticated.
But privacy and, the information collected about us before we even get to talk of a data breach, is used in so many ways and is a somewhat empty promise that companies make in order to get us to sign our data away.