Brunei vulnerable to cybercrimes, BruCERT says

by Rafie Ismail
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These days, criminals don’t just steal cars. They will also try to steal our personal information such as bank account details, address and IC number – and they do it by making phone calls or even through email.

This was highlighted by Pg Mohd Farid Zulhusni Pg Aziz, Lead Trainer at ITPSS/BruCERT during a cybersecurity awareness talk for Penghulus, Village Chiefs and the Village Consulative Council members in Tutong.

The audience also witnessed a demonstration by Eddysham Sanif, Security Analyst at ITPSS/BruCERT, who showed the risks of clicking on a random link and entering your personal information on unverified websites.

Pg Mohd Farid further emphasised the importance of differentiating between fake and real news. “We must be careful not to spread fake news or hoax messages as it can cause panic to the public.

So whenever we receive news through Whatsapp, we must first check whether it is real or fake. If it’s not true, then it’s better to delete it.”

Held at the official residence of the Tutong District Officer, the cybersecurity talk was organised by BruCERT (Brunei Computer Emergency Response Team) in collaboration with the Tutong District Office.

The event today was one of many initiatives by BruCERT to raise public awareness that Brunei is not an exception when it comes to cybercrimes such as sexual grooming, online scams, SMS scams, online predators, spreading fake news or hoax messages.

BruCERT is a national referral agency dealing with computer-related and internet-related security incidents in Brunei. It engages in public awareness initiatives, highlighting online threats, cyber safety and dispenses advise on securing personal information.

BruCERT offers free cybersecurity awareness talks for schools and educational institutions throughout Brunei Darussalam, and has a regular radio show Cyber Safe on RTB’s Pilihan FM.

Learn more about online safety at www.SecureVerifyConnect.info or email cert@brucert.org.bn

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