It said these attacks resulted in millions of dollars of ransom payments.
The statistics from Australia's very own government cybercrime initiative are a lot lower.
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Philip Seltsikas, a cyber-security expert and associate professor from Sydney, told Veronica & Lewis there was no sure way of defending against ransomware.
He said there were probably a lot more computers infected than we know.But taping over the camera doesn't prevent all kinds of ransomware.It won't block the microphone, meaning conversations or *other noises* could still be recorded and stolen, and it won't stop someone locking up your files.“Ooh, that pussy good, won't you sit it on my taste bloods?” Kendrick Lamar casually requests in the first verse of “Humble,” arguably the year’s biggest rap hit.One day in Melbourne, when the sun was out and the birds were singing, Matt opened an email and was greeted with a video of a man wanking.The man was him."There I was in all my glory," he told triple j's Veronica & Lewis. A 'ransomware' program had infected his computer allowing the hackers to film him through the webcam. Now they wanted money."There was an email saying they were going to release footage to all my Facebook friends and people I worked with if I don't pay them money.""Initially I laughed."He wrote back. Matt may have been feeling very much alone, but in fact he was part of an emerging trend of ransomware attacks in Australia."There's a lot more people than we know because there could be hackers in big centers watching video streams just waiting for something to happen," he said. Professor Seltsikas said hackers on the other side of the world were watching thousands of Australians through their webcams, and waiting for them to have a wank.Actually, turns out there's a site where you can already watch the live footage of thousands of CCTV cameras from all over the world.The hackers, who wrote every second email in French, wanted Matt to send the money to Mali in west Africa. "I let them know they got me in a private moment and they threatened to release a video unless I paid them money.I let everyone know if they get a link to be careful if they click on it, but if they do watch the video, then enjoy.""It's not something to be ashamed of.""It wasn't an easy post to put up."He then had to tell his work colleagues as well.