15 Jul 2020

Countries reimpose restrictions to curb virus resurgence

Across the world, renewed outbreaks of the COVID-19 virus have prompted officials to reinstate health restrictions and preventative measures at their borders in an effort to curb the spread of the deadly pandemic again. In Greece, border security was tightened following an increase in tourism-related COVID-19 cases. As of this

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09 Jul 2020

UK and Australian Information Commissioners to investigate Clearview AI

Today, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) announced that they planned to team up in an investigation into Clearview AI, following the lead of several other entities suspicious of the biometric software’s data storage practices. Earlier this year, the OAIC demanded answers

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06 Jul 2020

Australia to seal off 6.6 million people in virus-hit state as outbreak worsens

Australia has announced plans to isolate 6.6 million residents in the state of Victoria from the rest of the nation following an outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in the region. Australian authorities’ plans show drastic and immediate action after cases were recorded in the city of Melbourne. The border between

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29 Jun 2020

Chinese malware used in attacks against Australian orgs

Last week, the Australian government released an advisory warning to residents of increased cyber activity from a state actor targeting Australian agencies and companies. The attacks have been conducted by sophisticated adversaries that utilize a proof-of-concept exploit code. Experts have drawn connections between the attacks and Chinese hackers, unofficially directing

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19 Jun 2020

Sophisticated State-Backed Attack Rocks Australia

Today, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned of a high threat state-sponsored cyber espionage campaign targeting both the government and private sector within the country. Morrison urged domestic organizations to improve their security practices such as enabling multi-factor authentication and installing released patches immediately. Morrison also stated that the threatening

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22 May 2020

Hackers Start Leaking Files Stolen From Shipping Giant Toll

Australian shipping giant Toll was hit by Nefilim ransomware earlier this month, marking its second ransomware attack since January. The hack did not result in data getting stolen, however, files were gathered from a corporate server in the attack. The shipping company refused to pay ransom demands made by the

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18 May 2020

Coronavirus: Global push for inquiry into Covid-19 response

Today, 194 member states of the World Health Organization will meet virtually, aiming to open an independent review of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The WHO will face questions on how it dealt with the outbreak and spread of the virus and Chinese President Xi Jinping talked during the

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08 May 2020

Naikon APT Hid Five-Year Espionage Attack Under Radar

The Chinese Naikon APT group has been identified as the perpetrator behind a long-term espionage campaign that targeted several Asia-Pacific region governments. The group was first discovered by Kaspersky researchers in 2015 after they launched attacks against top-level government agencies. After 2015, it seemed that the group had more or

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30 Apr 2020

2 million Australians have downloaded a coronavirus contact tracing app

A new COVID-19 tracing app called COVIDSafe was launched in Australia on Sunday and has already amassed more than 2 million downloads in just a matter of days. The app is voluntary and is designed to aid health authorities in tracking what individuals a COIVD-19 patient may have come into

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17 Apr 2020

Morrison says using COVID-19 tracing app a matter of ‘national service’

Australia has previously announced plans to implement a tracing app that aims to combat the COVID-19 outbreak that countries across the world are facing. The app, which has been criticized by experts as invasive and unethical, is launching in the next few weeks. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has stated

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