Cyber Security

Cybercriminals continue to target Australians through a range of COVID-19 themed scams, fraud attempts and deceptive email schemes, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has warned in a new threat update. Since 10 March 2020 the ACSC has:  received more than 95 cybercrime reports about Australians losing money or personal information to COVID-19 themed scams and online frauds,  responded to 20 cyber security incidents affecting COVID-19...

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'Mozi' combines code from three previously known IoT malware. Researchers at CenturyLink have found a new malware family that combines code from at least three other previously known malware to target Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Devices infected with "Mozi," as CenturyLink is calling the new malware, are being assembled into an IoT botnet that can be used to launch distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, for data exfiltration,...

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Can the gap between socially responsible collective action and privacy be bridged? A new report outlines a series of measures for the public and private sector to take in order to demonstrate accountability while delivering privacy protection in a pandemic. If one thing is certain in these rapidly changing times, it’s uncertainty. Will contract tracing technology help slow the virus? If so, what will the implications...

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With increasing numbers of Australians working from home to combat the spread and impact of COVID-19, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has issued a new advisory containing tips to reduce the risk of Australians falling victim to cybercriminals at home. ACSC Head, Ms Abigail Bradshaw CSC, said the dramatic increase in people working from home – many of them for the first time, and the...

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Here’s how you can greatly improve your Zoom privacy and security in a few simple steps Zoom is attracting a lot of attention in the media due to the mass uptake of videoconferencing services during the near global lockdown due to COVID-19. They are adapting to sudden global overnight demand and success, something most companies can only dream of. Companies, like Zoom, offer free products and...

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The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has published advice on how small businesses can better protect themselves from cyber attacks and disruptions during COVID-19. The Head of the ACSC, Ms Abigail Bradshaw CSC, said since early March 2020, there has been a significant increase in COVID-19 themed malicious cyber activity across Australia and small businesses are far from immune. “Small businesses can be big targets for cyber...

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The seemingly insatiable demand among people and businesses alike helps reveal a rash of privacy and security issues facing the platform As countless people are confined to their homes amid efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, the popularity of videoconferencing software for work, education and leisure is exploding. Of all such communication tools du jour that were suddenly thrust into the limelight, probably none stands out...

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If you use Apple iPhone or MacBook, here we have a piece of alarming news for you. Turns out merely visiting a website — not just malicious but also legitimate sites unknowingly loading malicious ads as well — using Safari browser could have let remote attackers secretly access your device's camera, microphone, or location, and in some cases, saved passwords as well. Apple recently paid a $75,000...

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In your pocket, you carry a supercomputer that outperforms all the tech that landed Aldrin and Armstrong on the moon. Although you may have heard this claim before, it probably never really resonated with you. Now, if we rephrase that to “you carry a device in your pocket that stores almost every aspect of your life, from memories in the form of photographs to personal...

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It’s been difficult keeping track of all the scams leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to steal your money or your personal information. Now, the FBI is warning of increased attacks that target the supply chain and the healthcare industry in addition to “Zoom-bombing” style attacks. While hospital workers and healthcare practitioners continue to fight the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the trenches, agents with the Federal Bureau of...

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