Online age-verification system could create ‘honeypot’ of personal data and pornography-viewing habits, privacy groups warn
As the government develops online safety guidelines, digital rights groups says any approach requiring the use of ID is ‘invasive and risky’
In the wake of the Optus and Medibank data breaches, digital rights groups are urging the federal government to rule out requiring identification documents as part of any online age-verification system, warning it could create a honeypot of people’s personal information and pornography-viewing habits.
The eSafety commissioner, Julie Inman Grant, is developing an online safety “roadmap”, outlining a way to prevent minors from accessing adult content online by ensuring host sites have verified the ages of users.Continue reading...
Techniques which allow the sharing of data whilst keeping it secure may revolutionise fields from healthcare to law enforcement
Rachel is a student at a US university who was sexually assaulted on campus. She decided against reporting it (fewer than 10% of survivors do). What she did, however, was register the assault on a website that is using novel ideas from cryptography to help catch serial sexual predators.
The organisation Callisto lets a survivor enter their name in a database, together with identifying details of their assailant, such as social media handle or phone number. These details are encrypted, meaning that the identities of the survivor and the perpetrator are anonymous. If you hacked into the database, there is no way to identify either party.Continue reading...
A look at a recent string of law enforcement actions directed against (in some cases suspected) perpetrators of various types of cybercrime
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You probably don’t have to ditch your phone just yet – try these simple tips and tricks to make any Android device or iPhone run faster
As package delivery scams that spoof DHL, USPS and other delivery companies soar, here’s how to stay safe not just this shopping season
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Experts suggest using multifactor authentication and telling your bank to put extra security checks in place
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Millions of Medibank’s current and former customers have had their personal information, including health claims, exposed in a hack of the company’s customer database.
Here’s what we know so far, and what you can do.
Date of birth
Medicare card number (in some cases)
Health claims made with Medibank
Financial support for customers who “are in a uniquely vulnerable position” as a result of the hack, who will be supported on an individual basis.
Access to Medibank’s health and wellbeing support line.
Specialist ID protection services from IDCARE.
Identity monitoring services for customers who have had their primary ID compromised.
Reimbursement of fees for reissue of ID documents that were “fully compromised” in the hack.Continue reading...
Stephanie Schiwinger believes that the key to attracting more women into technology professions is by having more female representation as role models. In her 22-year journey at Enterprise Holdings, Stephanie has seen strong female leadership styles that have inspired her to try to replicate for her own team. In this edition of our blog, Stephanie discusses why mentorship and authenticity are two important ingredients to navigating a career in technology.
Next time you're tempted to hold off on installing software updates, remember why these updates are necessary in the first place
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Watchdog says phishing email enabled hackers to steal personal information of 113,000 employees
Britain’s data watchdog has fined the construction group Interserve £4.4m after a cyber-attack that enabled hackers to steal the personal and financial information of up to 113,000 employees.
The attack occurred when Interserve ran an outsourcing business and was designated a “strategic supplier to the government with clients including the Ministry of Defence”. Bank account details, national insurance numbers, ethnic origin, sexual orientation and religion were among the personal information compromised.Continue reading...
In wake of Optus and Medicare leaks, serious or repeated breaches of customer information will attract heavy penalties under new legislation
Companies that fail to adequately protect people’s data could face fines of $50m or more under new legislation to be introduced next week.
After Optus and Medibank reported significant breaches of customer data, including sensitive health information, the Albanese government was now moving to increase penalties for serious or repeated breaches of customer data.Continue reading...
ESET Research spots a new version of Android malware known as FurBall that APT-C-50 is using in its wider Domestic Kitten campaign
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Electricity company says attack accessed information on 323 customers but ‘no evidence’ data was transferred elsewhere
EnergyAustralia has become the latest company to be targeted by a cyber-attack, with hundreds of customers’ details exposed.
In a statement released late on Friday, the electricity company said 323 residential and small business customers were affected by unauthorised access to their online platform, My Account.Continue reading...
Today was the final day of the 2022 Europe Community Meeting. Alicia Malone, Senior Manager of Public Relations sits down to provide a recap of the event. Highlights from the conversation include:
APT-C-50’s Domestic Kitten campaign continues, targeting Iranian citizens with a new version of the FurBall malware masquerading as an Android translation app
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With hot-ticket events firmly back on the agenda, scammers selling fake tickets online have also come out in force
What can schools, which all too often make easy prey for cybercriminals, do to bolster their defenses and keep threats at bay?
More than a dozen organizations operating in various verticals were attacked by the threat actor
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