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How to report cybercrime in Singapore

Who do you turn to if you or your company has been scammed? Cybercrimes are becoming increasingly common across the world, and Singapore is no exception. According to the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore, cyber threats are on the rise. Moreover, they’re costing businesses dearly, as cybercriminals swoop in to wreak havoc. How then, do you protect you or your customers’ financial information and company trade secrets? In this Pacific Prime Singapore article, we’ll go over how to report cybercrime. Read on to find out what cybercrime is, and how to protect yourself or your organization with cyber insurance.

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What is cybercrime?

To report cybercrime, you must first understand what they are, and learn how to spot them. When you think of cybercrimes, the first thing that comes to mind is most likely a hacker. You are not far from the mark at all. In fact, almost all cybercrimes are committed by a hacker or cybercriminal. They can also be carried out by an organization of hackers. What’s more, these criminals tend to be motivated by money. Usually, corporate data, trade secrets, and critical infrastructure are stolen or damaged as a result.

What are the different types of cybercrime?

There are two main categories of cybercrime. The first category involves a criminal activity that targets computers, while the second uses them to commit other crimes. Viruses are an example of a crime in the first category. On the flip side, using computers to spread malware to damage other devices is an example of the latter.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of the different types of cybercrime:

  • Phishing, such as sending fake emails to get personal information.
  • Identity theft involves the misuse of your personal information.
  • Theft of financial or card payment data.
  • Theft and sale of corporate data.
  • Hacking, or the shutting down or misusing of websites or computer networks.
  • Cyber extortion, or demanding money to prevent a threatened attack.
  • Cyber espionage (where hackers access government or company data).

It’s important to note that all digital devices with connection to the internet are susceptible to cyber threats. To put it simply, your computer isn’t the only thing you have to worry about.

What is SingCERT?

In Singapore, SingCERT is a cybersecurity organization you could call in response to cybercrime. CERT stands for Computer Emergency Response Team. This first responder to cybersecurity incidents has branches all over the world. On top of that, its work involves providing advice on the best practices in computer security. However, note that SingCERT is not responsible for cybercrime investigations. Generally, all cybercrime investigations here are carried out by the Singapore Police Force.

What can SingCERT do for you?

Once you contact them, SingCERT will examine the nature of the cyber incident. Next, they will advise all affected users on ways to remedy the situation. If needed, they’ll share important information with businesses and the general public. This is to prevent more people from falling victim to similar incidents in the future.

Keep in mind that cyber threats are borderless. That’s why SingCERT works closely with other CERTS to train and to advise on critical cybersecurity incidents.

How do you report cybercrime in Singapore?

Reporting a cybercrime? Reach out to SingCERT by filling out this form. If you’re interested in receiving news on the latest cybersecurity issues, sign up for SingCERT’s alert.

Here’s a list of incidents you could report to SingCERT, including but not limited to:

  • Phishing, extortion, scam emails/websites
  • Ransomware attacks
  • Malware hosting
  • Unauthorized attempts (either failed or successful) to disrupt or gain access to a network, system, or its data

Cyber insurance

Now that you know what cybercrimes are, it’s time to protect your business from cyber-attacks. With such a wide myriad of digital devices and wearables out there, it is inevitable the number of cyber threats will increase.

Keep your company safe by securing a corporate insurance plan with cyber insurance coverage. It safeguards your business from potential cyber-related losses. Cyber insurance in Singapore covers you in three instances. This includes your system’s exposure to malicious software, loss of data, and cyber invasion that results in losses to a third party.

According to Pacific Prime’s latest report, cybersecurity and cybercrime is one of the leading risks faced by insurers in 2020. Ready to learn more about the biggest trends affecting the health insurance industry in 2020? Download our free State of Health Insurance Report 2020 for a deep dive into this topic.

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Serena is a content writer at Pacific Prime. She aims to demystify the world of insurance for readers with the latest updates, guides and articles on the blog. Serena believes in straight-forward and entertaining educational content.

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