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Stay Smart Online. Reverse the Threat

Oct 8, 2018 - Each year the number of Australians impacted by cybercriminals continues to rise. In 2017, over 6 million adult Australians were impacted by cybercrime - that's one in every four Australians. This is a statistic that needs to be reversed. At a time when the majority of us are online to conduct our day-to-day activities, cybercriminals are looking for gaps in our online accounts, in an attempt to exploit our busy lives…

One in four Australians hit by cybercrime - reversing the threat

Oct 7, 2018 - Cybercrime and cyber-enabled crime is harming more and more Australians every day, and it’s time to reverse the threat. ‘One in four Australians were hit by cybercrime last year – that’s over 6 million Australians. If we’re going to fight back, we need to work together,’ Alastair MacGibbon, Head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), said on the eve of Stay Smart Online Week 2018. This year, Stay Smart Online is…

Attribution of a pattern of malicious cyber activity to Russia

Oct 4, 2018 - The Australian Government has joined international partners to condemn a pattern of malicious cyber activity by Russia targeting political, business, media and sporting institutions worldwide. The Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP and the Foreign Affairs Minister, Senator the Hon Marise Payne have made a joint statement condemning these actions. The ACSC is committed to protecting Australian interests in…
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Canadian Centre for Cyber Security launches

Oct 3, 2018 - This week the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (CCCS) officially began operations. The new Centre will support a unified approach to cyber security and build community awareness and education. It will provide expert advice, guidance, services and support on cyber security for Canadian businesses, industry, governments, citizens, and international partners. The Centre is made up of elements of existing government…

Correcting the record - Certified Cloud Services List

Sep 29, 2018 - Recent media reports suggest third-party solutions built on ACSC Certified Cloud Services automatically inherit ACSC certification. This is not accurate. Any solution or service built on a certified cloud service does not automatically inherit the awarded certification of the supporting infrastructure and is not certified by the ACSC, unless it is also listed on the CCSL. Services on the CCSL are assessed against a…

Facebook security issue affects 50M user accounts

Sep 29, 2018 - The ACSC is aware of a security issue affecting 50 million Facebook user accounts. A flaw in the "View As" feature allowed attackers to steal Facebook access tokens, which could be used to take over user's accounts. Access tokens are the equivalent of digital keys that allow users to remain logged into Facebook. 'This attack exploited the complex interaction of multiple issues in our code. It stemmed from a change we…

Thirteen High Impact IOS vulnerabilities outlined by Cisco

Sep 28, 2018 - This week Cisco Systems released its semi-annual Software Security Advisory Report detailing a number of vulnerabilities in its IOS and IOS XE switch and router operating software. Cisco, a manufacturer of networking hardware and telecommunications equipment, listed a total of 13 vulnerabilities which, if left unpatched, could enable an attacker to gain system privileges or cause a denial of service (DoS) on an affected…
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Working to protect senior Australians

Sep 21, 2018 - Supporting and protecting senior members of our community from online threats is an important focus for the Australian Government, according to the Minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton. ‘We want to say to all Australians, particularly older Australians – as they use internet banking, as they converse online, as they use social media, as they answer their emails – we want people to think twice before they provide any…

Team cyber expands as Aus Digital Council begins

Sep 19, 2018 - Cyber security is everyone’s responsibility as we work together to share and use the information that builds communities and strengthens our families, businesses and governments. To improve the use of public sector data and develop better digital services for people and businesses, the Australian Digital Council recently held its first Ministerial Council where governments shared their ideas about smarter services and…
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Netflix warns users about malicious emails

Sep 17, 2018 - Always question unexpected requests for your personal or financial information, and keep your passwords safe. Netflix warned subscribers at the weekend about a malicious email campaign that entices users to follow a 'link' to update bank details, but which instead gives cyber criminals access to your bank account. If you suspect you have received a fraudulent email or text message that appears to be from the company,…