Cyber security

Children’s charity The Smith Family is the latest victim of cyber hackers

- November 24, 2022 < 1 MIN READ

The Smith Family, which helps disadvantaged kids succeed through education, is the latest target of cyber hackers in the wake of attacks on Optus, MediBank and other Australian corporates. The national charity believes the primary motive of the attack was an attempt to steal funds, but the hackers were unsuccessful. However, the personal information of… Read more »

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Australia’s talking tough on a new cyber taskforce to ‘hack the hackers’, but that also puts a target on our national back

- November 17, 2022 3 MIN READ

The Australian government is launching an offensive against cybercriminals, following a data breach that has exposed millions of people’s personal information. On November 12, Minister for Cyber Security Clare O’Neil announced a taskforce to “hack the hackers” behind the recent Medibank data breach. The taskforce will be a first-of-its-kind permanent, joint collaboration between Australian Federal… Read more »

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It looks like corporate Australia’s key response to a raft of damaging data hacks is to hire more PR spinners

- November 2, 2022 3 MIN READ

Businesses are girding corporate communications teams with cyber security specialists as executives watch the cyber security disasters at Optus and Medibank play out in front of their eyes – and consider how they would manage the public fallout from a similar incident. The impact of the recent spate of breaches is evident at the ANZ… Read more »

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Experts explain how the current rash of company hacks is part of a growing criminal business model for stolen data

- October 27, 2022 3 MIN READ

New details have emerged on the severity of the Medibank hack, which has now affected all users. Optus, Medibank, Woolworths, and, last Friday, electricity provider Energy Australia are all now among the household names that have fallen victim to a data breach. If it seems like barely a week goes by without news of another… Read more »

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‘DISTRESSING DEVELOPMENT’: The Medibank data breach is much worse than first thought

- October 25, 2022 3 MIN READ

Medibank has reported a “distressing development” regarding its unfolding cyber incident, as “a series of additional files” received from a criminal party have been found to include detailed Medibank customer data. The health insurance provider first reported “unusual activity” on its network on 13 October – and it was initially believed no customer data had been removed… Read more »

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The government is making regulatory changes in response to the Optus data breach, but legislative reform still needed

- October 7, 2022 2 MIN READ

In response to Australia’s biggest ever data breach, the federal government will temporarily suspend regulations that stop telcos sharing customer information with third parties. It’s a necessary step to deal with the threat of identify theft faced by 10 million current and former Optus customers. It will allow Optus to work with banks and government… Read more »

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Programmers self-sabotaging their own code with ‘protestware’. Here’s what you need to know

- September 30, 2022 3 MIN READ

In March 2022, the author of node-ipc, a software library with over a million weekly downloads, deliberately broke their code. If the code discovers it is running within Russia or Belarus, it attempts to replace the contents of every file on the user’s computer with a heart emoji. A software library is a collection of… Read more »

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The Optus hacker says they deleted the stolen data, but here’s what experts want you to know

- September 29, 2022 4 MIN READ

Shortly after Australian telecommunications company Optus announced the identity data of millions of customers had been stolen, a person claiming to be the hacker announced they would delete the data for US$1 million. When Optus didn’t pay, the purported hacker published 10,000 stolen records and threatened to release ten thousand more every day until the… Read more »

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Everything that’s wrong with how Optus announced its massive data breach

- September 26, 2022 2 MIN READ

Optus fears data on up to 9.8 million of its customers has been accessed in a sophisticated cyberattack – including, for some customers, passport and drivers licence details, as well as phone numbers, dates of birth and email addresses. It made the announcement through the media, in the middle of Thursday’s national day of mourning… Read more »

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A teenager is reportedly behind Uber’s latest cybersecurity breach, gaining ‘full access’

- September 20, 2022 3 MIN READ

Uber has experienced a significant cyber breach, with an 18-year-old reportedly gaining access to the tech giant’s internal systems and databases after tricking an employee. Uber on Friday confirmed it was investigating a “cyber security incident”, and that it had taken a number of its internal communications and engineering systems offline while this was taking… Read more »

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An Australian who sold spyware he wrote as a teen to stalkers has been arrested following a 5 year global hunt

- August 2, 2022 3 MIN READ

At least 44 Australian victims have been identified after the arrest of a 24-year-old man named as the alleged author of remote access trojan (RAT) spyware, who allegedly made up to $400,000 by selling the ‘stalkerware’ to more than 14,500 people in 128 countries. Called Imminent Monitor (IM), the application allowed users to monitor and… Read more »

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Crypto is among 5 big trends in Australians getting scammed

- July 7, 2022 4 MIN READ

Greed, desire, wishful thinking and naivety are lucrative markets for scam artists – and their age-old hustles are increasingly being supplemented by digital chicanery. In 2021 Australians lost an estimated $2 billion to fraudsters, more than double that of 2020, according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. The consumer watchdog’s latest scam report details… Read more »

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Atlassian just had a big cybersecurity scare on its Confluence Server

- June 8, 2022 2 MIN READ

Spare a thought for admins running Atlassian Confluence Server or Data Centre on the weekend after a cyber security company discovered bad actors actively exploiting a previously undiscovered vulnerability in those Atlassian products. On Friday morning, Steven Adair, President of security firm Volexity, tweeted about the vulnerability, saying it was “10/10 on the badness scale”. “Get your… Read more »

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Here’s why finally having a dedicated minister for cyber security matters

- June 7, 2022 3 MIN READ

Last week, Australia’s new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced his government’s first full ministry, with Victorian member Clare O’Neil appointed Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Cyber Security. It’s the first time cyber security has had its own portfolio in the Australian cabinet. Former Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews was in charge of… Read more »