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ACSC celebrates Safer Internet Day

Feb 5, 2019 - Today marks Safer Internet Day (SID), and the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is a proud partner in supporting this year's theme -- 'Together for a better internet'. SID is an annual, worldwide event led by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner. This year they are encouraging individuals to create a better internet by developing four critical skills known as the 4Rs: Respect, Responsibility, Reasoning and…
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Get smarter with passwords

Jan 23, 2019 - Whether you’re an individual or part of an organisation, the data dump of billions of stolen passwords and email addresses is a reminder to take action to protect yourself and your information. The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is aware that the so-called Collection #1data dump of stolen credentials has now been followed by the release on the dark web of Collections #2, #3, #4 and #5. All 5 collections add up…

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…

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…
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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,…

A wave of fake social media accounts

Sep 7, 2018 - We use social media daily as an active communication tool, connecting us with millions of users around the globe. Social media has become increasingly popular and accessible which has created a new domain for businesses, government agencies and industry bodies to actively engage with their customer-base. . Not all smooth sailing Recently, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) discovered…
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Understanding passwords

Jul 1, 2018 - Passwords are the first line of defence to protect yourself from cyber criminals. But if you don't choose good passwords they can easily become the weakest link in protecting your personal information online. As users, we are becoming overloaded with lots of passwords to remember. At the same time improved cracking methods mean that we need to use more complex passwords to have confidence in our security…

How do I create strong passwords?

Jul 1, 2018 - We have so many online accounts now and it's hard to keep track of all our passwords! Many of us still use the same password for multiple accounts. The problem is that if a cybercriminal gets into one of your accounts, it can give them access to your other accounts. Always use a strong password that's easy for you to remember but hard for others to guess. To avoid running out of ideas for new passwords, consider using a…