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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 you to update your contact details.

Austal cyber security incident

Nov 1, 2018 - JOINT STATEMENT Department of Defence Department of Home Affairs Australian Cyber Security Centre The Australian Government is aware of the cyber security incident affecting Austal. This matter has been referred to the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) for investigation.
Feature - Women in Cyber

Women in security, "You can't be what you can't see"

Nov 1, 2018 - 'A masterclass in national security' is how many participants have described the Women in National Security Conference hosted by the Australian National University's (ANU) National Security College (NSC) in Canberra last week. Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Frances Adamson, said the work of women is essential for successful outcomes in a broad range of fields -- crisis management, international legal practice, intelligence analysis, peacekeeping and diplomacy.

Australia maintains a key role in international cyber security community

Oct 30, 2018 - Australia will continue its leading role in the region’s largest cyber security community with the Australian Cyber Security Centre re-elected as Chair of the Asia-Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team (APCERT) Steering Committee in Shanghai on 23 October 2018. The ACSC maintains its role working alongside regional partners on cyber capability and protections in its capacity leading Australia’s computer emergency response capability.

Beware of phishing after Cathay Pacific data theft

Oct 30, 2018 - Scammers often take advantage of incidents to trick people into sharing personal or financial information. Cathay Pacific Airways Limited announced last week that there had been 'unauthorised access' to passenger data of approximately 9.4 million people, who were travellers with the company and its wholly owned subsidiary, Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Limited. Although Cathay Pacific said it had no evidence that any personal information was misused, the airline is concerned about the subsequent phishing campaign for passenger information, which people may be tricked into…

What's up with WhatsApp?

Oct 24, 2018 - Popular messaging app WhatsApp has more than a billion users, including 6 million Australians, which makes it a popular hunting ground for cyber criminals and misinformation merchants alike. As a result, the company, which is owned by social media platform Facebook, is testing new limits on the number of people to whom private WhatsApp messages can be forwarded in Brazil, after recent political controversy there about misinformation, and to maintain what the organisation describes as a 'feeling of intimacy' for its users. WhatsApp is primarily an end-to-end encrypted…

UK NCSC releases second Annual Review

Oct 15, 2018 - On its second anniversary, the United Kingdom's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), has published its second Annual Review, highlighting the sustained threat to the UK from hostile state actors and cyber criminals. The report, released on Tuesday 16 October 2018, revealed the NCSC had defended the UK from an average of more than 10 attacks per week.

Investigations continue into Facebook security issue

Oct 15, 2018 - We recently reported a security issue affecting an estimated 50M Facebook user accounts, between July 2017 and September 2018. Over the weekend, Facebook issued an update reporting that fewer people were impacted by the theft of access tokens than originally thought. 'Of the 50 million people whose access tokens we believed were affected, about 30 million actually had their tokens stolen' Facebook reported.

Report reveals common categories of hacking tools

Oct 12, 2018 - A report by international cyber security authorities highlights the use of five publicly available hacking tools and techniques, observed in recent cyber incidents around the world. The report is a collaborative research effort by the cyber security authorities of five nations: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and USA.

Business email compromise, a fast growing scam

Oct 12, 2018 - The Melbourne Joint Cyber Security Centre (JCSC) hosted a two-hour seminar yesterday on Business Email Compromises (BECs), which many cyber security experts consider to be the major current cybercrime threat to business. The seminar provided information to small and medium business representatives, as these sectors are particularly targeted by cybercriminals who are perpetrating BECs. The JCSC worked with Small Business Victoria, the Victorian Small Business Commissioner and the ACCC's Consumer and Small Business Strategies Branch, to invite key Victorian business…