18 Feb 2019

Australian political parties hit by ‘state actor’ hack, PM says

The recent cyber attack targeting Australian politicians did not just hit the communications network of the country’s parliament as was initially thought, but also affected the networks of several political parties. This is one of the conclusions of a recent investigation into the attack. Based on the findings of the

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08 Feb 2019

Australia parliament hit by cyber-hack attempt

An unknown threat actor launched a cyberattack on the computer network of the Australian parliament on Thursday, prompting a precautionary reset of all user passwords. According to lawmakers, no proof had been found to indicate that the hacker accessed or stole sensitive information, which could include internal communications between members of

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08 Feb 2019

Australia and US seize largest ever meth shipment

In a “historic seizure”, US authorities have confiscated a record amount of about 1.7 tons of methamphetamine in California last month. Smaller amounts of cocaine and heroin were also seized. The US cooperated with Australian police to stop the shipment of Australia-bound drugs, which was worth $911 million. As part of the

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28 Dec 2018

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Enters Into Force without USA on December 30

With Australia’s ratification of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) trade agreement, the agreement between 11 countries will go into effect at the end of December. Current signatories include Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Mexico, and Canada, while Brunei, Chile, Peru, Vietnam, and Malaysia were a part of the

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28 Dec 2018

New drone-hunting tech to roll out at major Australian airports

“New technology will be used to thwart drone attacks at Australia’s major airports as the aviation industry beefs up its fight against the increasing possibility that remote-controlled aircraft could bring down passenger planes. Peter Gibson of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) said drones that breach 5½-kilometre exclusion zones around airports

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17 Dec 2018

Australia recognizes west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Becoming the third country to do so after the U.S. and Guatemala, Australia has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. These recognitions have angered Palestinians and have been highly contentious in Muslim countries around the world, as they will weigh in on one of the most divisive questions in Israeli-Palistian peace

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10 Dec 2018

Australia Anti-Encryption Law Triggers Sweeping Backlash

“A controversial Australian bill, which could give the government access to data protected by end-to-end encryption, was passed Thursday. The bill, called the Assistance and Access Act, empowers Australian police to essentially force companies (that are operating in the country) to help the government hack into systems, plant malware or

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07 Dec 2018

Australia cracks open encrypted messaging

“Cryptology experts fear that contentious Australian laws that require tech firms to give security agencies access to encrypted data could be exploited by the same terrorists and criminals they are supposed to entrap. Passed by federal parliament Thursday, the Assistance and Access Bill is likely to be copied in some

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07 Dec 2018

Australian think tank hit by cyber attacks from China

“Australia’s leading foreign affairs think tank has been the subject of at least two cyber attacks from China, in an apparent effort to view its dealings with the federal government and foreign dignitaries. The attacks on the Lowy Institute mirrored a Chinese campaign against think tanks in the United States,

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26 Nov 2018

Surge in China theft of Australia company secrets: Report

China has been angered by a recent Australian report alleging a spike in cyberattacks originating with China’s Ministry of State Security, working to steal intellectual property. The report cites high level government officials, with corroborating statements and evidence provided by private security firms. “The [malicious] activity is mainly from China

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