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Bomb threat email scam targeting Australians

Dec 14, 2018 - The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is aware of bomb threat emails being received by Australians. The emails claim an explosive device has been hidden in the recipient’s premises, and will be detonated unless a ransom is paid in bitcoin. If you receive this email: Do not respond or contact the sender Do not pay the ransom Ring your local police service. The ACSC believes this to be a scam, however as a…

ACSC adds Google Cloud Platform to CCSL

Dec 13, 2018 - The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has added Google Cloud Platform to the Certified Cloud Services List (CCSL) for unclassified workloads, increasing the options available to Australian Government agencies. Google Cloud Platform joins 12 existing providers in the CCSL that meet stringent Australian Government security requirements for managing information storage at the minimum Australian Government security…
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Adobe urges users to patch Flash Player

Dec 6, 2018 - Adobe has released security updates for its widely used Flash Player app to help users defend themselves against the latest malware. Users who fail to update their Flash Player app could be vulnerable to cyber criminals, who could use it as an opportunity to access data, programs, individual computers or networks. The company said the updates – for Windows, macOS, Linux and Chrome OS – address one critical vulnerability…

New approach to support cyber security

Dec 4, 2018 - The updated Australian Government Information Security Manual (ISM) has been released by the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC). The 2018 release supports a move towards a risk-based approach that gives organisations greater flexibility to manage their cyber security based on their own unique circumstances, enabling greater innovation within Government. The ISM is an important source of cyber security advice to…

Inspiring a new generation

Dec 4, 2018 - Australia's best young cyber stars have been recognised in the Cyber Security Challenge Australia (CySCA), the nation's flagship hacking competition for tertiary students. The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) and industry partners run the challenge to address the critical cyber security skills shortage by encouraging young Australians to pursue a career in the field. The latest research reveals the domestic cyber…

Marriott, Starwood hit by security incident

Dec 1, 2018 - The Marriott Group have released a statement regarding a significant data security incident involving their Starwood Guest Reservation database. An investigation undertaken by Marriott in September 2018 determined that there had been unauthorised access to the database, which contained guest information relating to reservations at Starwood properties since 2014.. At this time it is unknown how many…

Medicare & Aus Post SMS scam

Nov 29, 2018 - You may have seen news reports yesterday of an active phishing campaign via SMS, pretending to be from either Medicare or Australia Post. The messages claim that you have a rebate owed or a competition opportunity and asks you to click through to a website and provide your personal details. The ACSC recommends that you do not click on any links that you receive via unsolicited text messages or emails, particularly where…

Adelaide JCSC officially opens

Nov 23, 2018 - Today the Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne, officially opened the Adelaide Joint Cyber Security Centre (JCSC), as part of the Government’s $47 million commitment to collaborative cyber security solutions under the 2016 Cyber Security Strategy. The Adelaide Centre builds on the success of the JCSCs in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth by bringing together business and academia along with state,…
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We all have a stake in cyber security

Nov 12, 2018 - Australia’s banks, insurers and superannuation funds are an attractive target for cyber criminals, so all financial institutions must be able to handle cyber risks and regularly test their own defences. To help businesses and organisations better protect themselves, and respond quickly and effectively if a cyber attack occurs, a new standard for information security management has been released by the Australian…

The ACSC is updating partner contact information

Nov 6, 2018 - The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is currently in the process of updating its contact list for our partners. Our cyber community is experiencing rapid change and people are often on the move, falling outside of the information loop. We want to ensure that, in times of crisis, we are able to quickly inform the cyber community. As an ACSC partner you will receive a message from ASD.Assist@defence.gov.au asking…