Australian Cyber Threat Intelligence
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Australian Cyber Threat Intelligence
A collection of articles and papers about cyber threats to Australia, AU government and businesses.
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AGD stripped of AFP and ASIO to create Dutton-led enforcement superministry | ZDNet

AGD stripped of AFP and ASIO to create Dutton-led enforcement superministry | ZDNet | Australian Cyber Threat Intelligence | Scoop.it
The Attorney-General's Department will have its operational control for the federal police and domestic spy agency moved into a new Home Affairs ministry.
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Cyber skills shortage 'getting worse' as Turnbull goes on the offensive | The Mandarin

Cyber skills shortage 'getting worse' as Turnbull goes on the offensive | The Mandarin | Australian Cyber Threat Intelligence | Scoop.it
In the wake of another ransomware attack, Malcolm Turnbull's announcement of new offensive capabilities to combat cyber criminals and fight the wars of the future may have reassured some voters. But the big challenges -- a skills shortage and international collaboration -- remain.
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Bupa warns health insurance information exposed by rogue employee

Bupa warns health insurance information exposed by rogue employee | Australian Cyber Threat Intelligence | Scoop.it
Healthcare insurance giant Bupa has warned customers that it has suffered a breach, after an employee inappropriately copied and remove
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Turnbull launches government's cyber security strategy

Turnbull launches government's cyber security strategy | Australian Cyber Threat Intelligence | Scoop.it
33 cyber security initiatives worth $231.1 million
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F-Secure provides more details on the Petya ransomware

F-Secure provides more details on the Petya ransomware | Australian Cyber Threat Intelligence | Scoop.it
The best way to address a threat is to know it so security experts at F-Secure shared a detailed analysis on the new Petya ransomware.
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Greater Visibility Through PowerShell Logging « Threat Research Blog

Greater Visibility Through PowerShell Logging « Threat Research Blog | Australian Cyber Threat Intelligence | Scoop.it
Mandiant is continuously investigating attacks that leverage Powershell throughout all phases of the attack. A common issue we experience is a lack of available logging that adequately shows what actions the attacker performed using PowerShell.
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WA public transport agency downed by hack attempt | Delimiter

WA public transport agency downed by hack attempt | Delimiter | Australian Cyber Threat Intelligence | Scoop.it
It appears that IT staff at Western Australia's Public Transport Authority had a rather different kind of weekend: One in which they descended into the hell of trying to clean out hackers from their IT systems.
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Instagram hacked! Hacker compromised the entire platform

Instagram hacked! Hacker compromised the entire platform | Australian Cyber Threat Intelligence | Scoop.it

The researcher who hacked Instagram claims he was threatened by Facebook after he responsibly reported a series of security issues.

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i think that this statement best describes it "we couldn’t allow Wes to set a precedent that anybody can exfiltrate unnecessary amounts of data and call it a part of legitimate bug research" -> Having seen "bug researchers" extort companies for money over found vulnerabilities where they had actually unlawfully acquired data from a company.

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China hacked thousands of Hotmail accounts belonging to Tibetan and Uighur minorities

China hacked thousands of Hotmail accounts belonging to Tibetan and Uighur minorities | Australian Cyber Threat Intelligence | Scoop.it

After many years, Microsoft admitted that Chinese authorities hacked thousands of Hotmail accounts, belonging to China’s Tibetan and Uighur minorities.

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Xenophon wants Senate inquiry into cyber attacks following BoM breach | Delimiter

Xenophon wants Senate inquiry into cyber attacks following BoM breach | Delimiter | Australian Cyber Threat Intelligence | Scoop.it

Independent Senator for South Australia, Nick Xenophon, has called for an urgent inquiry into cyber security following recent revelations that the Bureau of Meteorology’s systems have been breached, along with those of other government...

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China’s hacking attacks are more than just a nuisance

China’s hacking attacks are more than just a nuisance | Australian Cyber Threat Intelligence | Scoop.it
The Chinese cyber attack on the Bureau of Meteorology last week might have been big, but it is in no way exceptional. It's part of a much bigger problem.
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Australian state government rejects Chinese bid for electricity company - World Socialist Web Site

Australian state government rejects Chinese bid for electricity company - World Socialist Web Site | Australian Cyber Threat Intelligence | Scoop.it
The Liberal-National government in the state of New South Wales announced on Wednesday that it had accepted the bid of Hastings, a consortium of Middle Eastern, Canadian and Australian investors, for a 99-year lease of the state-owned electricity transmission company, TransGrid, for $10.258 billion. The pro-business move is part of the privatisation of the state’s electricity network.
Three other bids for TransGrid, including one from Chinese company State Grid and its bidding partners Real Assets and Macquarie Infrastructure, were turned down. In the months leading up to the sell-off, the Chinese bid was the subject of a series of denunciations. Prominent commentators, along with figures with ties to the military and intelligence agencies, claimed that the sale of vital infrastructure to a Chinese company would pose an unacceptable threat to “national security.”
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Did China hack the Bureau of Meteorology website?

Cyber security specialist and the head of the Asia-Pacific arm of Context Information Security, Scott Ceely, talks about China being blamed for a major hack of the Bureau of Meteorology website.
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Nice job done by Scott Ceely in bringing this issue to a main stream media TV show!

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Australia Plans to Force Tech Companies to Decrypt Content

Australia Plans to Force Tech Companies to Decrypt Content | Australian Cyber Threat Intelligence | Scoop.it
Australia plans to introduce new laws by the end of the year that would compel technology companies to provide access to encrypted communications under legal
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More than 14 Million Verizon Customers’ records exposed by a third party firm

More than 14 Million Verizon Customers’ records exposed by a third party firm | Australian Cyber Threat Intelligence | Scoop.it
Data belonging to 14 million U.S.-based Verizon customers have been exposed on an unprotected AWS Server by a partner of the telecommunications company.
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Dont put customer data on Amazon without encrypting it first regardless of whether the bucket is private or public
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Eternal Blues scanner allowed to find 50,000 EternalBlue-vulnerable host

Eternal Blues scanner allowed to find 50,000 EternalBlue-vulnerable host | Australian Cyber Threat Intelligence | Scoop.it
The Eternal Blues scanner allowed administrators worldwide to discover more than 50,000 computers vulnerable to the NSA-linked EternalBlue exploit.
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Turnbull confirms weather bureau cyber attack

Turnbull confirms weather bureau cyber attack | Australian Cyber Threat Intelligence | Scoop.it
The Federal Government confirms for the first time the Bureau of Meteorology, which has a direct link to Defence computer systems, was the target of a malicious cyber attack last year.
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Hackers targeting, breaching law firms for insider trading info

Hackers targeting, breaching law firms for insider trading info | Australian Cyber Threat Intelligence | Scoop.it
Two of the most prestigious law firms in the US have had their computer networks compromised by hackers looking for sensitive information.
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"No debate": Australia needs "gigabit" fibre, says Atlassian co-founder | Delimiter

"No debate": Australia needs "gigabit" fibre, says Atlassian co-founder | Delimiter | Australian Cyber Threat Intelligence | Scoop.it
Billionaire software mogul Mike Cannon-Brookes last night stated that there was "no debate" about Australia's need for "gigabit fiber", in comments that come in direct contrast to controversial statements made on the topic last week by the chief...
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ProtonMail is open. Do you want an encrypted email account? Sign in!

ProtonMail is open. Do you want an encrypted email account? Sign in! | Australian Cyber Threat Intelligence | Scoop.it
ProtonMail, the world’s largest privacy-focused and encrypted email provider, announced today that the service is leaving beta.
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FBI investigates on Juniper hack, is it a nation-state attack?

FBI investigates on Juniper hack, is it a nation-state attack? | Australian Cyber Threat Intelligence | Scoop.it

The FBI is investigating on the unauthorized code found in the operating system running on firewalls sold by Juniper Networks.

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Conspiracy theory, or something huge?

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Victoria partners with Oxford Uni on new cyber-security centre | Delimiter

Victoria partners with Oxford Uni on new cyber-security centre | Delimiter | Australian Cyber Threat Intelligence | Scoop.it

The Victorian Government has inked a deal that will see Oxford University’s Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre (GCSCC) establish its first ever international office in Melbourne.

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Planned NBN cyber security centre will bring new jobs to Melbourne | Delimiter

Planned NBN cyber security centre will bring new jobs to Melbourne | Delimiter | Australian Cyber Threat Intelligence | Scoop.it

The Victorian Government has announced that a new cyber security centre to be built as part of the National Broadband Network (NBN) infrastructure will help create 700 new high-skilled jobs in Melbourne over the next four years.

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Toymaker VTech Hack Exposes 4.8 Million Customers, including Photos of Children

Toymaker VTech Hack Exposes 4.8 Million Customers, including Photos of Children | Australian Cyber Threat Intelligence | Scoop.it
“Earlier this month, a massive data breach at VTech – the maker of tablets and gadgets aimed at children – exposed the personal details of about 4.8 Million parents and photos of more than 200,000 Children.”
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Teenage hacker evaded police and left Australia under own passport, now appears on national TV

Teenage hacker evaded police and left Australia under own passport, now appears on national TV | Australian Cyber Threat Intelligence | Scoop.it
Last week the ABC's flagship current affairs program 7:30 covered the somewhat extraordinary story of Dylan Wheeler, an Australian teenager.
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