Fred again...
Cyber security

Cybersec startup Kasada took a deep dive into how scalpers use bots to grab tickets to gigs like Fred again… and found a massive problem

- March 15, 2024 5 MIN READ

Fred again.., one of electronic music’s hottest artists, secretly arrived in Australia on February 27. In true Fred again.. fashion, that very same day, he announced a raft of shows in arena-sized venues across Sydney, Melbourne, and the Gold Coast. According to multiple sources, this amounts to over 100,000 tickets for shows in the coming… Read more »

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myGov is getting rid of passwords as part of its upgrade

- January 1, 2024 3 MIN READ

MyGov will be modernised with passwordless logins and a new Digital Inclusion Standard, the federal government has announced in responding to a scathing audit that warned current legislation “impedes service delivery” through the underfunded platform. The government’s response to the myGov user audit – an election promise that began in September 2022 as a “myGov revolution” and handed down its findings in… Read more »

cyber hacking
Cyber security

The data breach at DNA biotech 23andMe reveal the risks of interconnected data

- October 30, 2023 3 MIN READ

On Oct. 6, news broke that 23andMe, the genomics company that collects genetic material from thousands of people for ancestry and genetic predisposition tests, had a massive data breach. But as it turns out, the company’s servers were not hacked. Rather, hackers targeted hundreds of individual user accounts — allegedly those that had repeated passwords.… Read more »

Australian PM Anthony Albanese and Microsoft President Brad Smith in Washington DC.
Global tech

Microsoft pours $5 billion into Australia for TAFE skills training, AI, cloud centres and cybersecurity

- October 24, 2023 2 MIN READ

Microsoft is looking to sure up its position in its battle against AWS, partnering with the Australian government to improve cybersecurity as part of $5 billion spend over the next two years on cloud computing and artificial intelligence infrastructure. The capital expenditure was announced by Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese at the Australian Embassy in… Read more »

Damien Cantelo, Apollo Secure

Choir of angels lands on small business cybersecurity startup Apollo Secure in $600,000 pre-Seed raise

- October 6, 2023 2 MIN READ

Sydney startup Apollo Secure, which focused on helping small business deal with the complexities of cybersecurity, has raised $600,000 in pre-Seed funding. The round was by 24 investors from Sydney Angels with support from Brisbane Angels and a consortium of investors from Angel Loop.   Apollo Secure is an automated platform for startups and SMEs to… Read more »

Maid eavesdropping on telephone call
AI/Machine Learning

AI is now being used by cybercriminals to listen to your typing for passwords

- August 10, 2023 3 MIN READ

Be careful who you type your passwords in front of: cyber criminals can figure out which keys you’re pressing simply by getting a carefully trained AI model to listen to you type – and the technique even works over phone calls and Zoom sessions. Documented in a newly published paper, the acoustic side channel attack (ASCA) involves recording… Read more »

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Steve Martin & MIchael Caine
Cyber security

The ATO is Australia’s biggest cyber scams victim, losing $500m & revealing major flaws in the myGov ID system

- August 2, 2023 3 MIN READ

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) paid out more than half a billion dollars to cyber criminals between July 2021 and February 2023, according to an ABC report. Most of the payments were for small amounts (less than A$5,000) and were not flagged by the ATO’s own monitoring systems. The fraudsters exploited a weakness in the… Read more »


Atlassian’s VC arm backs cybersecurity startup in $15 million Seed round

- August 1, 2023 < 1 MIN READ

Sydney cloud-based cybersecurity startup Plerion has raised US$10 million (A$15m) in a Seed round led by Prosus Ventures, a South African-owned, Netherlands-listed global consumer internet investor. The round was supported by US investment firm Cercano and Atlassian Ventures.  The funds will be used on accelerated product development, talent acquisition, and go-to-market strategies.  Plerion was founded… Read more »

Nullify cofounders Tony Mao, Shantanu Kulkarni_ and Tim Thacker. Photo: Maggie Langtry

Software development cybersec startup Nullify banks $1.1 million pre-Seed round

- June 26, 2023 2 MIN READ

Cybersecurity startup Nullify, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to help software developers and security teams detect and fix potential vulnerabilities in code as it’s being written, has raised $1.1 million in a pre-Seed round led by OIF Ventures.  Former XM Cyber founding team Adi Ashkenazy and Zini Shahar, now running the security advisory firm Skylight… Read more »

Cyber security

AustCyber launches innovation network

- May 23, 2023 2 MIN READ

The federal government has backed AustCyber to launch of the AustCyber Innovation Network to help bolster the sector as it become front and centre of both the political and business response to online threats. The network, part of the Stone & Chalk Group, is designed to nurture commercial relationships, provide thought leadership, and help companies… Read more »

Cyber security

Investing in cybersecurity should be a ‘no brainer’ for the budget, data expert says

- May 5, 2023 2 MIN READ

Data strategy veteran Lisa Byrne from Notitia expects to see increased investment in cyber security investment in the federal budget next Tuesday, saying the move is a ‘”no brainer” for the government. Byrne argues it’s critical for small business to be incentivised to implement cyber security systems and upskill their workforce to deal with the… Read more »

Scott Handsaker
Cyber security

So long & thanks for all the phish: cybersecurity accelerator CyRise calls it quits

- April 27, 2023 2 MIN READ

Cybersecurity accelerator CyRise, which has programs in Sydney and Melbourne, will close next month after five years. The program has backed 39 startups across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, India and the US since it launched in 2017, with the backing of British IT services and consulting firm NTT and Deakin University. The program pioneered support… Read more »

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Cyber security

Cybersecurity people are so stressed out, they’re bailing from their jobs after breaches

- April 27, 2023 3 MIN READ

The lack of skilled cyber security talent is a bigger challenge for companies in Australia than overseas, according to new research that also found high stress levels and inadequate supporting technologies are causing many workers to bolt after a data breach. Fully 45% of the Australian CISOs surveyed for Trellix’s newly released global study, The… Read more »