Has your business been hacked?


The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has released the “Have you been hacked” tool that is designed to step potential victims through a series of scenarios to help you assess if you have been hacked as well as guide you on how to respond. 

The tool is easy to use and offers common warning signs, explanations of scenarios, and straightforward instructions on what to do next to fix the situation.

An Employee Clicked on a Malicious Link

In the first half of 2022, over 32,000 reports of cyber scams have been lodged in Australia, costing around $295 million. Most of these were phishing scams, which are relatively easy to launch and have a high success rate. In most cases, the victims don’t know what to do. ACSC’s ‘Has your business been hacked’ tool comes in handy because it lists out the possibilities and provides suggestions to minimise the damage.

Account Access Denied

Business activities and workflows can be severely disrupted if your employees can no longer access their emails or other business applications. Remedial measures need to be taken at the earliest, and the business can do so based on the recommendations made by the tool.

Abnormal Device Behaviour

If a device isn’t functioning normally, there is a possibility that it is infected by malware or is under siege. The tool provides a specific line of questions to its users to help them identify what could have gone wrong. Based on the users’ answers, possibilities such as whether your device is being tracked or misused for some nefarious purposes are determined, and remediation is recommended.

Final Takeaway

Despite all the remedial measures available, the more significant issue with cybercrime is the time taken to detect a breach. By the time you realise your business has been hacked, the cybercriminals could have sold your sensitive data to the dark web or launched more phishing or smishing campaigns targeting your customers, potentially resulting in financial loss and reputational damage. If you suspect a breach or have detected any anomaly, try using the ‘Has your Business Been Hacked’ tool to identify the issue and follow the recommendations.

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