Cyber attack... Senior cop issues warning

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October 30, 2018
Fitz Bailey

Assistant Commissioner of Police Fitz Bailey said that too many individuals "are posting material that are degrading, defaming, lewd, and rude, (which) can cause people to feel embarrassed, threatened or placed in fear."

"Those [police working in cybercrimes can tell you that we have seen these things on a regular basis. We have seen many persons crying and begging us for help," he added.

Bailey is the head of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime (C-TOC) Branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force. He said that since 2012, Jamaica has seen its fair share of cybercrimes "from unauthorised access, bullying, revenge porn, and cyber espionage with the trend steady and consistent each year."

Bailey was addressing a Cyber Security Business Leaders' Forum at the Knutsford Court Hotel, in St Andrew, on October 26.

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The National Cyber Security Awareness Day event was held under the theme: 'Cyber Security, Our Shared Responsibility, from the Boardroom to All Rooms.'

Meanwhile, head of the Jamaica Cyber Incident Response Team (JaCIRT), Dr Moniphia Hewling, said that measures are being put in place to counter cybercrimes, which she noted, pose a threat to all countries and societies.

"We are all vulnerable and the increased incidents and cyber criminal activities place our critical infrastructure, our organisations, our children, everyone at risk," she said.

She said that since January 2018, the unit has seen a proliferation of ransomware, website defacement, and email spoofing.

"Our threat maps are showing a lot of activity where botnets are concerned," she said.

Botnets are a collection of internet-connected devices, which may include personal computers, servers and other devices that are infected and controlled by a common type of malware.

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