16 Sep 2021

Biden and UK to help Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarines in new pushback on China

On Wednesday, US President Joe Biden announced a new effort with the UK and Australia that aims to help the latter nation acquire nuclear-powered submarines. The operation looks to counter China and build international backing for the US in its approach to Beijing. The announcement was released as part of

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23 Aug 2021

IBM finds ASX outage the result of trade platform not being ready for go-live

Last November, the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) experienced significant software issues when it went live. The exchange was forced to pause trades as a result of the difficulties. The exchange stated at the time that Nasdaq, its technology provider, and independent third parties had tested the ASX Trade system for

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17 Aug 2021

New Zealand Orders Lockdown After First Covid-19 Case in Six Months

New Zealand has announced a new lockdown in its largest city, Auckland, after the first case of Covid-19 in six months was reported. Prime Minister Jacinda Arden stated that the reported infection, a 58-year-old Auckland resident, was likely the more contagious Delta variant of the virus. Due to the nature

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28 Jul 2021

Praying Mantis Threat Group Targeting US Firms in Sophisticated Attacks

Security researchers at Sygnia reported observing attacks originating from a sophisticated threat actor that bore resemblance to the hallmarks of an Australian campaign that targeted high-profile public and private entities. According to the researchers, the campaign targeting Australia last year seems to have shifted its focus to the US. The

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23 Jul 2021

The bubble bursts: New Zealand suspends quarantine-free travel from Australia.

New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, suspended quarantine free travel between Australia and New Zealand for at least 8 weeks. The suspension comes after over half of Australia is under lockdown due to the spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19. The pause may separate family and friends, but Ms.

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19 Jul 2021

Australia Seeks to Block China With Stake in Pacific Mobile Networks

On Monday, Australia’s biggest communications provider Telstra Corp. announced that it is considering buying the mobile networks in Paua New Guinea, Fiji, Nauru, Samoa, Tonga, and Vanuatu. The Australian government is reportedly planning on providing most of the financing for the acquisition of the mobile networks in the six Pacific

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17 Jun 2021

Avaddon Ransomware Gang Evaporates Amid Global Crackdowns

Ransomware group Avaddon has released decryptors for nearly 3,000 victims as it closes its criminal enterprise. 2,934 decryption keys were released to BleepingComputer, and each key belongs to an individual victim. The average pay out for each ransom was approximately $40,000, and Avaddon walked away from millions. An alert about

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03 May 2021

Facebook, Google, Twitter caution Australia against a blanket terrorism content ban

On Friday, representatives from Google, Facebook, and Twitter appeared before an Australian security committee to warn them against banning all mentions of content deemed inappropriate on Australian social media. The tech giants appeared as a united front, hoping to sink the idea that they are collaborating to thwart nefarious activity,

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26 Apr 2021

Chance of China, Taiwan conflict should not be discounted – Australian defence minister

Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton gave a speech on Sunday, addressing the delicate nature of relations between Taiwan, its allies, and China. Dutton stated that the chance of a conflict involving China over Taiwan should not be overlooked, furthering that Australia plans to work with its allies within the region

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21 Apr 2021

Australia’s third-largest carbon emitter says it must transition to renewables and curtail coal plants

Stanwell Corporation, Australia’s third-largest carbon emitter and Queensland’s largest power generator, has recently revealed plans to transition from fossil fuels to renewables, citing climate change and environmental risks. The plans include curtailing the output of its coal-fired power plants. There are currently three coal plants operating under Stanwell Corporation, including

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