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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…

A curious mind - CYSCA 2018

Oct 11, 2018 - Australia's flagship national cyber security challenge wrapped up in Melbourne yesterday after a record number of Australian tertiary students battled to reverse real-world cyber threats around Australia. Defending champion the University of New South Wales was victorious again, taking first and second place, with Monash University coming third. For the first time ever, eight teams competed live in Melbourne including two women's teams from RMIT and the Box Hill Institute.

Record number of competitors team up to reverse the threat

Oct 9, 2018 - Australia’s flagship national cyber security challenge, CySCA (Cyber Security Challenge Australia) is on again around Australia on 9-10 October 2018, bringing together a record number of Australian tertiary students to battle real-world cyber attacks on a purpose-built Telstra network. For the 427 students taking part, it’s a foot in the door of Australia’s cyber workforce, which like elsewhere in the world, is suffering a shortage of skilled workers at a time when cybercrime is growing.
Stay Smart Online Week 2018 in Melbourne

Reversing the threat of cyber crime together

Oct 9, 2018 - In a show of strength to reverse the threat of cybercrime for all Australians, members of the business, government and cyber security community gathered for national Stay Smart Online Week 2018 in Melbourne today to share information about the latest challenges in cyber security in Australia and confirm their commitment to supporting a cyber-aware community. Hosted by ANZ the Stay Smart Online Week Industry Breakfast included a message from Alastair MacGibbon, Head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), who said raising awareness of the importance of cyber security to…

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 and steal our money or personal information. 

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 launching ‘Reverse the Threat’ to encourage all Australians and businesses to take simple actions to defend against cybercrime.