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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31 Mar 2020

NSW Police signs six-year biometric identification deal

The New South Wales Police Force has allegedly renewed a contract with an identity solutions firm called Idemia for biometric identification. The new contract will last for six years as Idemia works to support and maintain LiveScan, technology that processes and books criminals’ biometric data. The deal affects 142 police

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04 Feb 2020

Toll Group shuts down IT systems in response to ‘cybersecurity incident’

An Australian logistics company was the target of an IT cybersecurity incident that indefinitely shut down multiple customer-facing systems. Toll announced that the shutdown was a precautionary measure, stating that they were working on the resumption of services and promising to get the systems back online as soon as possible.

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30 Jan 2020

Australia fires: NSW inquiry to probe climate change impact

New South Wales, an Australian state that experienced catastrophic bushfires throughout the previous month, announced that it has launched an independent inquiry into the natural disaster. The inquiry will examine the cause of the fires as well as the state’s response to them. New South Wales’s State Premier said the

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29 Jan 2020

Home Affairs report reveals deeper problems with Australia’s encryption laws

Australian law enforcement agencies used controversial new powers just seven times over the course of seven months, each incident regarding voluntary Technical Assistance Requests. The powers were granted under the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment Act in 2018. The Australian Federal Police acted under the law five times, and the

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22 Jan 2020

Biometric ID a worry but still acceptable to Australians

A newly published report released by the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) investigated Australians’ opinions on the use of biometric technologies to confirm their identity. The research concluded that the vast majority of Australians are concerned about their privacy and the storage of their biometric data. 83% of those surveyed

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