cybersecurity
Cyber security

Australian companies are keeping their cyberattacks secret amid a rising ransomeware problem

- September 10, 2021 3 MIN READ

Australia continues to be an easy target for ransomware groups who profit from poor corporate accountability and a culture of secrecy. The number of ransomware incidents affecting local organisations increased by 24 per cent in the first six months of 2021, according to data from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s (OAIC) latest notifiable data breaches report. Unfortunately,… Read more »

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Cryptocurrency

The Australian government is looking closely at how to regulate cryptocurrencies

- September 1, 2021 4 MIN READ

The government is looking closely at regulations affecting cryptocurrency as it considers how to handle digital assets and encourage innovation in the broader blockchain ecosystem. Chair of the Select Committee on Australia as a Technology and Financial Centre, Senator Andrew Bragg, said the government recognises cryptocurrency is an “area of full of opportunity and full… Read more »

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Global tech

OnlyFans has ‘suspended’ its ban on sexually-explicit content

- August 27, 2021 2 MIN READ

Image and video sharing platform OnlyFans has reversed its controversial decision to ban sexually-explicit content, saying it has “suspended” the changes to its terms of use that would have taken effect on October 1. “Thank you to everyone for making your voices heard,” OnlyFans tweeted on Wednesday night. “We have secured assurances necessary to support our diverse… Read more »

Data privacy

A deal between Australia’s governments to share data nationally has privacy experts worried

- August 18, 2021 4 MIN READ

State, territory, and federal governments have agreed to the first national data sharing program that will ease the movement of data between jurisdictions. The formation of the Australian Data Network follows an intergovernmental data sharing agreement signed by the National Cabinet in early July which commits Australian state, territorial and federal governments to share data with one… Read more »

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Cryptocurrency

A hacker stole a record in $831 million in cryptocurrency – then started giving it back

- August 12, 2021 3 MIN READ

A hacker pulled off one of the biggest cryptocurrency heists in history by transferring $831 million worth of cryptocurrency off the Poly Network platform, only to start giving the assets back the next day. Poly Network announced the attack on Tuesday night, saying it had been attacked on the Binance Smart Chain, Ethereum, and Polygon… Read more »

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News & Analysis

YEAH BUT NO: Tech bureaucrats mistakenly tell 1000 female founders of grant success

- July 22, 2021 2 MIN READ

More than 1,000 Australian women entrepreneurs were left with a sour taste in their mouth this week after an email bungle from the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources. Early on Monday morning, the department, which is in the portfolio of Technology Minister Christian Porter, sent applicants of the Boosting Female Founders Initiative emails wrongly saying… Read more »

News & Analysis

A cyber attack downed the NSW Education Dept website just as the government ordered schools to switch to online teaching

- July 9, 2021 2 MIN READ

The NSW Department of Education was hit by an apparent cyber attack on Wednesday. In a notice published on Thursday, the department said it took precautionary measures, shutting down many of its systems including the online portal teachers were using in preparation for the new school term. “The timing of this creates considerable challenges for… Read more »

Cyber security

A suspected Russian hack on a US software company has caused a mass ransomware disaster

- July 6, 2021 3 MIN READ

A supply chain attack on Kaseya VSA has caused a mass ransomware event. The attack began with a zero-day vulnerability on Kaseya VSA, a remote monitoring and management tool, which spread to managed service providers (MSPs) and some of their customers. Kaseya, a US-based software company, issued its first warning about the incident on Friday… Read more »

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Cyber security

Researchers found a cybersecurity flaw in Atlassian software that left it vulnerable to account takeovers

- June 29, 2021 2 MIN READ

Atlassian products were vulnerable to a hack that could have seen attackers gain access to user accounts, cybersecurity analysts found. Researchers from security firm Check Point discovered a set of flaws which, if exploited, would have enabled bad actors to take over the accounts of Atlassian products like Jira and Bitbucket. The researchers found the training.atlassian.com subdomain… Read more »

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Cryptocurrency

A teenager and his brother have pulled off a $5 billion cryptocurrency scam

- June 24, 2021 2 MIN READ

Two young brothers behind South African cryptocurrency investment firm Africrypt have disappeared with an estimated $5 billion worth of investors’ money in what could be the largest ever cryptocurrency scam. Raees and Ameer Cajee – 21 and 18-years-old respectively – founded Africrypt in 2019 and promised customers significant returns on investment, reportedly as high as… Read more »

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Global tech

World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee is selling the source code as an NFT

- June 17, 2021 2 MIN READ

Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web (WWW), is auctioning off the source code for his world-changing invention as a non-fungible token (NFT). The winning buyer will receive files of the source code Berners-Lee wrote in between 1990 and 1991, a 30-minute silent animation of the code being written – which you can view at Sotheby’s –… Read more »

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Cyber security

The meat processor behind Primo and Hans has closed 47 sites after a cyber attack took out its IT

- June 1, 2021 2 MIN READ

A cyber attack on US meat processing company JBS Foods, which owns the brands Hans and Primo, forced the closure of 47 facilities around Australia on Monday. The attack was confirmed by JBS Australia CEO Brent Eastwood who spoke to industry news site Beef Central, saying he was unsure how long the outage would last. In a… Read more »