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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22 Mar 2021

Australia floods: Thousands evacuated as downpours worsen

New South Wales in Australia has had severe flooding over the past few days with the heavy rainfall predicted to continue. 18,000 people have been evacuated and the state’s coast is under a severe weather warning. Torrential downpours over the last few days have caused rivers and dams around Sydney

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16 Mar 2021

Facebook to pay News Corp for content in Australia

Following the passing of controversial legislation in Australia that aims to make tech platforms pay for news content, Facebook has agreed to pay Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp Australia. News Corp has not disclosed the value of the three-year contract in Australia. The organization also secured a global deal with Google

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05 Mar 2021

EU and Italy Block Export of AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine to Australia

Italy has blocked the export of the Covid-19 vaccine created by AstraZeneca to Australia in coordination with the European Union. The move reflects growing frustration in Europe over vaccine shortages and slow deliveries. Australia is now considered a nonvulnerable country in terms of the Covid-19 pandemic and therefore the EU

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04 Mar 2021

Twitter and Twitch added to list of those concerned with Australia’s Online Safety Bill

Social media platform Twitter and live streaming service Twitch have joined a list of service providers, researchers, and other related organizations who are concerned over Australia’s processing Online Safety Bill. The Bill contains six priority areas that include a cyberbullying and abuse program to remove harmful material, a program to

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23 Feb 2021

Facebook Strikes Deal to Restore News Sharing in Australia

On Monday, Facebook said that it would restore sharing and viewing of news links in Australia. This restoration comes after Facebook was given more time to negotiate a proposed law that would require it to pay for news content on the site. After this proposed law neared passage last week,

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