The new tool is designed to step potential victims through a series of scenarios that help them assess if they’ve been hacked and guide them on how to respond in that scenario. Scenarios include ransomware attacks, malware, e-mail compromise and identity theft, as well as phishing and fake website scams accessed via sms and mobile devices. 

The tool is simple to use and includes typical warning signs, scenario explanations, and easy-to-follow steps on what to do next to remedy the situation. The tool also tailors its advice to users’ impacted devices. 

Preparation and prevention advice is also delivered through the tool, even where it’s likely a hack has not occurred, ensuring Australians are as protected as possible.

Australians are urged to take simple steps like updating their devices, turning on multi-factor authentication and performing regular backups to mitigate ransomware threats.

The Australian Signals Directorate’s Australian Cyber Security Centre (ASD’s ACSC) has also published updated ransomware advice, to help protect against and respond to ransomware attacks, available at

The ASD’s ACSC urges all Australians to report cybercrime and cyber incidents to ReportCyber available at, or through the 24/7 Australian Cyber Security Hotline (1300 CYBER1).

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