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Australian Catholic University Phished with Staff Accounts and Systems Compromised

2019-06-17

ZDNet: Australian Catholic University (ACU) has confessed that a data breach occurred on its systems as a result of a phishing attack. ACU said it discovered the breach on 22 May but did not say when the attack happened. "The data breach originated from a phishing attack: An email pretending to be from ACU tricking users into clicking on a link or opening an attachment and then entering credentials into a fake ACU login page," Acting Vice-Chancellor Dr Stephen Weller said in a blog post on Monday...

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Govt Dishes Out $8.5m for Cyber Security Realm

2019-06-05

CIO: The Federal Government has earmarked $8.5 million in funding for the country’s cyber security sector in a bid to “grow and create new jobs,” according to Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews. “This funding will assist the cyber security industry to upskill and expand the sector, and harness the enormous opportunities available to Australia,” Andrews said in a statement. Announcing the opening of the second round of AustCyber’s Projects Fund, Andrews encouraged companies that can make a significant contribution to the sector to apply...

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Australian Tech Unicorn Canva Suffers Security Breach

2019-05-24

Zdnet: Canva, a Sydney-based startup that's behind the eponymous graphic design service, was hacked earlier today, ZDNet has learned.Data for roughly 139 million users has been taken during the breach, according to the hacker, who tipped off ZDNet. Responsible for the breach is a hacker going online as GnosticPlayers. The hacker is infamous. Since February this year, he/she/they has put up for sale on the dark web the data of 932 million users, which he stole from 44 companies from all over the world....

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‘The Greatest Threat we Face’: Cyber Security Tsar Quits with a Warning

2019-05-03

SydneyMorningHerald: Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull's handpicked cybersecurity tsar Alastair MacGibbon is quitting his role and has declared cyber attacks "the greatest existential threat we face". Mr MacGibbon has been the face of cybersecurity for federal authorities for the past three years, handling the public response to the cyberattack on the national census in 2016 and the hacking earlier this year of the Parliament and the major political parties...

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Morrison on Cyber Alert Through $156 Million Election Promise (Australia)

2019-04-29

TheSydneyMorningHerald: The Morrison government will scale up the cyber security teams that defend Australia’s communications networks in a $156 million election pledge that includes new scholarships and recruitment programs. On alert for attacks from foreign agencies and criminals, the government wants to expand its online security workforce across several departments while using public funds to encourage more young Australians to study computer science...

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First Australian Threat Report From Cyber Security Firm Carbon Black Finds That 89% Of Australian Businesses Surveyed Have Been Breached During The Past 12 Months

2019-04-01

CSO: Carbon Black, a leader in cloud-delivered, next generation endpoint security, today released the results of its first Australian Threat Report. According to the survey research, attacks are increasing in volume and sophistication, causing regular security breaches affecting 89% of organisations surveyed. The report analyses survey results from different industries, organisation sizes and IT team sizes to build a picture of the modern attack and cyber defence landscape in Australia...

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More than 110,000 Australians Caught up In September's Facebook Cyber-attack

2019-03-26

TheGuardian: The detailed personal information of more than 60,000 Australians was exposed in a massive cyber-attack on Facebook last year, giving hackers the ability to access their movements, hometown, search history, email and phone number. Internal documents reveal the attack on Facebook in September last year affected an estimated 111,813 Australians, among roughly 29 million worldwide...

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Police Bust Man for Allegedly Selling 1 Million Netflix, Spotify Passwords

2019-03-12

CNet: An Australian man has been arrested after allegedly raking in an estimated AU$300,000 ($211,000) selling stolen login details online. The man was allegedly behind the website WickedGen.com, which boasted that it had 120,000 users and sold Netflix, Spotify and Hulu logins stolen from almost 1 million accounts...

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Cyber Attacks Could Help Trigger a War, says Marise Payne (Australian Foreign Minister)

2019-03-11

SydneyMorningHerald: Foreign Minister Marise Payne has warned that the internet and cyber security are now so central to modern nations that serious hacking incidents could escalate into war. Senator Payne, during an address to the Lowy Institute in Sydney, noted that Australia had recently suffered its own serious assault on democratic institutions in the form of hack attacks on Parliament and the major political parties...

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Home Loan Details of 100,000 Customers Hacked in Major Data Breach

2019-02-12

TheSydneyMorningHerald: The nation's biggest banks are scrambling to contact up to 100,000 customers who may have been caught up in a major data breach at property valuation firm, LandMark White. The breach, which LandMark White first revealed late on Friday, could include property valuations and personal contact information of home owners, residents, and property agents, including first and last names, residential addresses and contact numbers...

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