Australia Is Experiencing a ‘Hacking Epidemic’; Is It Coming to the U.S. Next?
Numerous news outlets are reporting that Australia is in the midst of a massive uptick in cyberattacks against banks, insurance companies, telecommunication giants, and other private businesses. Considering “conspiracy theorists'” belief that Australia is a “testing ground” for authoritarian controls globalist elites (like the WEF) want to install the world over, should we expect the so-called “hacking epidemic” to come to the U.S. next? Here’s an overview of why that may be the case.
“Conspiracy theorists” often say that Australia, with its especially draconian COVID-19 “public health” measures, is a testing ground for the type of authoritarian state that globalist elites want to roll out for the world. (See Alex Jones referring to Australia as a “model for the world,” for example.) For those who believe that is the case, a great deal of consternation may be in order over what some are billing as Australia’s “hacking epidemic,” which has already seen Australian businesses from telecom operators to energy companies to insurance providers infiltrated. And there’s good reason to believe companies responsible for critical infrastructure all around the U.S. are probably next.
Although it may not be on your radar yet, this hacking epidemic—a phrase used by Reuters in a recent article—has reportedly surged during 2022. On October 14, tech news website Computer Weekly cited research by cybersecurity software and services company Imperva that found there was an 81% increase in “cyber security incidents” in Australia between July 2021 and June 2022; a trend that grew over the 12-month period, with a “sharp rise” in 2022.
Indeed, in a report posted on October 13, the cybersecurity company said that “Over the last year, Imperva Threat Research detected a large increase in attacks targeting Australian sites, more than the global rise over the same timeframe.” (Italics Imperva’s.) Imperva also reported that, in addition to the increase in cyber attacks, “critical incidents rose sharply as well”; at almost twice the rate that comparable attacks grew around the world during the same time period.
What that’s looked like from a practical standpoint is a ceaseless parade of one reported cyberattack after another, with each bringing its own flavor of fear, worry, and potential public release of individuals’ private and sensitive information.
On October 25, 2022, for example, Barron’s reported that hackers had accessed millions of medical records at Medibank, one of Australia’s largest private health insurers. Medibank chief executive David Koczkar said in response to the attack that the company’s investigation into the matter “established that [the hackers] has accessed all our private health insurance customers’ personal data and significant amounts of their health claims data.” Hackers threatened to leak the customers’ data unless Medibank paid a ransom.
As Barron’s reported, the Medibank cyberattack followed a cyberattack on Optus, Australia’s second-largest telecommunication operator. As ABC News reported Optus, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Singaporean telecom company Singtel, saw current and former customers’ data compromised during its attack, including (potentially) their email addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, and names. A subset of customers also may have had their home addresses, as well as identification documents—such as driver’s licenses and passports—compromised as well.
Numerous other cyberattacks in Australia have appeared as headline news in 2022, including ones on electricity provider EnergyAustralia, which saw hundreds of customers’ on-file details exposed. Likewise, online wine store Vinomofo may have had the personal details of up to 500,000 of its customers exposed. The cyberattacks have also hit “pathology giant” Australian Clinical Labs, along with the National Australia Bank (NAB).
That attack against NAB, it turns out, was just a single instance of a successful attack out of three million attempts. That happen per day. News.com.au reported in September of 2020 that “The major financial institution said fraud attempts made upon customer accounts had increased by more than 78 per cent between May to June, with estimated losses rising 33 per cent.” News.com.au noted that in the first quarter of 2020, NAB had blocked 197 million cyberattacks, 41,000 of which were attempts to steal customers’ personal data.
The NAB attack, while seemingly innocuous relative to the other attacks on Medibank, et al., should still, perhaps, stand as the most alarming. And not necessarily because hackers apparently have banks in their sights per se, but rather because cybersecurity experts do. In fact, cyberattacks on financial institutions have been so feared by world leaders that ten countries simulated a “cyber attack on the global financial system” in Israel back in December of 2021. And that’s where things become especially concerning for the conspiracy theorists who believe Australia is a testing ground for what’s to come for the rest of the (formerly) free world.
Just as Event 201—as well as many other “tabletop planning exercises”—preceded the COVID-19 “pandemic,” an astute conspiracy theorist might speculate that the simulated financial-sector cybersecurity attack undertaken in Israel—dubbed “Collective Strength”—could precede a similar real-life attack.
For Collective Strength, treasury secretaries from participant countries involved in the exercise—including Israel, the U.S., the U.K., United Arab Emirates, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Thailand—performed a “simulation of a major cyber attack on the global financial system in an attempt to increase cooperation that could help to minimize any potential damage to financial markets and banks.” During the ten-day exercise, participants worked their way through a scenario in which several types of attacks were launched on everything from foreign exchange and bond markets to transactions between exporters and importers.
Furthermore, Nasdaq.com reported that “The participants [in the exercise] discussed multilateral policies to respond to the crisis, including a coordinated bank holiday, debt repayment grace periods, SWAP/REPO agreements and coordinated delinking from major currencies.”
Of course, this is where a conspiracy theorist could really have a field day, as one the biggest claims by the truther tribe has been that sovereign governments across the West (and likely elsewhere) are desperate to replace their massively inflated currencies with central bank digital currencies (or CBDCs). For example, in the U.S., which currently has a debt of more than $31 trillion—and recently printed $2 trillion for the so-called CARES Act—software engineers have already begun dabbling with the idea of CBDCs; particularly at MIT. (Click on the article embedded above to learn more about that.)
Certainly a takedown of the global financial system would give central banks and sovereign governments a plausible reason to “delink” from their current currencies, wipe away their own debt, and start anew with digital currencies. Ones that could, quite realistically, become linked to population control mechanisms such as social credit scores. Or, more specifically, the World Economic Forum’s “mandatory carbon allowances.” (Read more via the embedded link immediately above.)
Speaking of which, the globalist cabal, ostensibly headed by Herr Fuhrer Klaus Schwab, has warned of cybersecurity threats to the global financial system for years. In the video immediately above (posted to YouTube by iceagefarmer.com), Schwab himself says the world “pays insufficient attention to the frightening scenario of a comprehensive cyber attack, which would bring… a complete halt to the power supply, transportation, [and] hospital services… .” Schwab adds that “the COVID-19 crisis would be seen, in this respect, as a small disturbance in comparison.” Finally, he refers to the potential attack as a “cyber pandemic.”
Considering Collective Strength, as well as Schwab’s ominous warning—and the WEF’s enormous sway over sovereign governments—the question must be asked: Is Australia’s plague of cyberattacks going to spread to the U.S., as well as Europe, et al., sometime soon? It’s impossible to say for sure. Although it seems like the conspiracy theorists would certainly think so. And they’ve been almost as good as the WEF at predicting what’s going to happen next regarding the proverbial “Narrative.” Which means it’s probably time to convert some of your savings to hard assets. Or at least change your passwords.
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