Cybercrimes Happen in Brunei, Tutong Village Heads Told
Today, not only do criminals steal cars but they will also try to steal our personal information such as bank account details, address, IC number, and they do it by making phone calls or even through email.
This was mentioned by Pg Mohd Farid Zulhusni Pg Aziz, Lead Trainer at ITPSS/BruCERT during a cybersecurity awareness talk organized by Brunei Computer Emergency Response Team (BruCERT) in collaboration with the Tutong District Office. Around 50 people consisting of Penghulu Mukim, Ketua Kampong and members of the Village Consultative Council attended the talk at the Official Residence of the Tutong District Officer.
Pg Mohd Farid further emphasized 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.”
Apart from the awareness talk, the group 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.
The event today was one of many initiatives by BruCERT to raise public awareness that Brunei Darussalam 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 Darussalam. 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.