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In November 2019, the Australian Signals Directorate’s Australian Cyber Security Centre coordinated a national cyber security exercise series in partnership with Australia’s electricity industry and government agencies. The series involved two exercises, a 2-day operational exercise and a strategic discussion exercise. The exercises were designed to strengthen industry and governments’ coordinated response to a significant cyber incident affecting Australia’s electricity sector. Participants were from the electricity industry,...

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Cybersecurity researchers from ESET said they took down a portion of a malware botnet comprising at least 35,000 compromised Windows systems that attackers were secretly using to mine Monero cryptocurrency.The botnet, named "VictoryGate," has been active since May 2019, with infections mainly reported in Latin America, particularly Peru accounting for 90% of the compromised devices."The main activity of the botnet is mining Monero cryptocurrency," ESET...

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Being at your beck and call is central to the “personality” of your digital friend, but there are situations when the device could use some time off Do you start the day with “Alexa, what’s the weather today?” Many of you may have a digital friend at home, an Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple’s Siri or Microsoft Cortana (does anyone actually use this?). Has your digital friend...

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A new malware campaign has been found using coronavirus-themed lures to strike government and energy sectors in Azerbaijan with remote access trojans (RAT) capable of exfiltrating sensitive documents, keystrokes, passwords, and even images from the webcam. The targeted attacks employ Microsoft Word documents as droppers to deploy a previously unknown Python-based RAT dubbed "PoetRAT" due to various references to sonnets by English playwright William Shakespeare. "The RAT...

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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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