A LOCAL information technology company in PNG has helped in stopping the hacking and illegal trafficking of private information belonging to people working to stop the spread of Covid-19.
Astrolab PNG managing director John Young said the firm with its Australian partner Internet 2.0 deployed its cyber security intelligence capabilities to expose dark web marketplace traffic.
“A group of criminals had stolen private information from more than 7,000 World Health Organisation (WHO) online accounts and were attempting to sell data online,” he said.
PAPUA New Guinea-based companies must be wary of cyber-attacks as hackers all over the world are looking to capitalise on the Covid-19 crisis, according to an expert.
Cybernetic Global Intelligence (CGI) chief executive Ravin Prasad told The National that hackers were making use of a variety of malicious campaigns, including email spam, malware, business engagement centre and ransomware to penetrate systemic defences amidst the worst scenarios.
Australian company CGI is a partner with Datec PNG Ltd in delivering cyber security programmes in the country.
Prasad said the US department of health and human services (HHS) was hit with a cyber-attack recently.
“The attack, which involved overloading the HHS services with millions of hits over several hours, reportedly aimed to slow the agency down and spread misinformation among the public,” he said.
False claims circulating on the social media platforms that 5G technology is linked to Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) have appeared online in Papua New Guinea. In some countries, network infrastructure has been attacked and threats made against telecommunications operators and their staff as a result of the panic and fear that has been created by these false claims. NICTA is aware of verbal hostility experienced by staff of telecommunications operators in Papua New Guinea.
USING electronic channels (e-channels) is a smarter and convenient way to accessing funds during these unprecedented times of Covid-19, according to Nasfund Contributors Savings and Loans Society (NCSL).
NCSL in a statement said it also enabled social distancing.
PEOPLE of West New Britain will experience cheaper and faster internet services by September when the Kumul submarine fibre optic cable network is expected to be switched on.
The Kumul submarine fibre optic cable landed in Kimbe last week and was received by Governor Francis Maneke and his provincial executive council members and other dignitaries.
“These are exciting times for the province because all sectors stand to benefit from cheaper, faster and reliable internet service,” he said.