Michelle Price
Cyber security

AustCyber CEO Michelle Price on how to protect your startup against cyber threats

- October 22, 2021 4 MIN READ

AustCyber’s annual Australian Cyber Week, kicks off on Monday running October 25-29. The event offers a mix of virtual and in-person sessions focused on the Australian cyber security industry and local innovation. The full event schedule is  here. Ahead of Australian Cyber Week, we spoke to AustCyber CEO Michelle Price about how everyone needs to think about… Read more »

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Cyber security

If you’re being bombarded with scam delivery messages, here’s why and what can be done

- September 25, 2021 5 MIN READ

For most people, the ping of an incoming SMS will induce some level of excitement — or mild intrigue at least. But with SMS scams on the rise, many may now be meeting this same sound with trepidation. According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) ScamWatch website, scams delivered via “phone” or “text”… Read more »

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Cyber security

Cybercrime reports in Australia are now being lodged every 8 minutes

- September 17, 2021 3 MIN READ

The volume of cyber security attacks has grown so much during the COVID-19 pandemic that victims were lodging a new cybercrime report every 8 minutes, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) reported, as it launched its latest annual report into Australian cybercrime. With over 67,500 reports of cybercrime received during the 2020-21 financial year, the ACSC… Read more »

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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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Cyber security

The ANZ and several institutions in New Zealand have been hit by a DDoS cyber attack

- September 8, 2021 < 1 MIN READ

The ANZ bank is among range of institutions, including the New Zealand Post Office, hit by what appears to be a DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack on Wednesday morning. https://twitter.com/ANZ_NZ/status/1435362520630538243   New Zealand’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) said it was aware of a DDoS attack, is monitoring the situation and working with affected… Read more »

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Cyber security

Scammers have moved in on Australia Post’s delivery problems with SMS ‘flubots’

- September 3, 2021 3 MIN READ

Australians must be extra cautious about what messages they click on in coming weeks, after Australia Post’s three-day hiatus on package pickups created a new window for cybercriminals tweaking the Flubot ‘smishing’ attack to tap uncertainty around COVID test results, vaccines, and deliveries. More than 5,500 Australians have told the ACCC Scamwatch service that they have received text… Read more »

Cyber security

How the Pegasus spyware works and how to protect your phone from cyber attacks

- July 21, 2021 4 MIN READ

A major journalistic investigation has found evidence of malicious software being used by governments around the world, including allegations of spying on prominent individuals. From a list of more 50,000 phone numbers, journalists identified more than 1,000 people in 50 countries reportedly under surveillance using the Pegasus spyware. The software was developed by the Israeli… Read more »

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Cyber security

Australia joins US, UK and EU in saying China was behind the global Microsoft email hack

- July 20, 2021 2 MIN READ

The Australian government has accused China’s Ministry of State Security being behind a global hack of Microsoft’s Exchange email system earlier this year. The announcement, released by Foreign Affairs Minister Senator Marise Payne late on Monday night, alongside Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews and Defence Minister Peter Dutton, coincidences with similar findings announced by leading… Read more »

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Cyber security

The top 5 most dangerous criminal organisations online right now

- July 8, 2021 4 MIN READ

On the internet, nobody knows you’re a dog! These words from Peter Steiner’s famous cartoon could easily be applied to the recent ransomware attack on Florida-based software supplier Kaseya. Kaseya provides software services to thousands of clients around the world. It’s estimated between 800 and 1,500 medium to small businesses may be impacted by the… 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 »

Atlassian
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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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 »

Cyber security

If cyber attacks can shut down critical infrastructure. It’s time to make cyber security compulsory

- May 28, 2021 4 MIN READ

On May 7, a pipeline system carrying almost half the fuel used on the east coast of the United States was crippled by a major cyber attack. The five-day shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline resulted in widespread fuel shortages and panic-buying as Virginia, North Carolina and Florida declared a state of emergency. The attack highlights… Read more »

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Cyber security

It’s been a great year for cyberhackers trying to crack open financial services

- May 26, 2021 3 MIN READ

Banks, investment firms and other financial services and insurance (FSI) companies suffered from a massive boost in cybercriminals’ attention during 2020, according to a new analysis that identified 3.4 billion credential-stuffing attacks targeted at FSI firms alone. That included a 45 per cent year-on-year jump in credential stuffing – in which cybercriminals use stolen login credentials to… Read more »