Threat of major cyber attack on critical infrastructure real, national security boss warns

Original article by Nour Haydar
abc.net au – Page: Online : 25-May-21

Home Affairs Department secretary Mike Pezzullo says he is deeply concerned about the threat that cyber attacks pose to Australia’s critical infrastructure. His comments to Senate estimates were made as the federal government is planning new legislation aimed at better protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure, while Prime Minister Scott Morrison has recently urged Australian organisations to protect themselves against cyber attacks. Pezzullo used his appearance before Senate estimates to defend a speech in which he warned the "drums of war" were beating.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF HOME AFFAIRS, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET

Cyber spy agency on high alert over hack

Original article by Ben Packham
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 24-Dec-20

More than 18,000 companies and government agencies worldwide are believed to have been targeted by the SolarWinds cyber-attack. The Australian Cyber Security Centre is assessing whether the computer systems of any government departments and agencies have been compromised. The SolarWinds Orion software is used by federal agencies such as the Department of Defence, Home Affairs and Austrade. Sergei Shevchenko, the co-founder of cybersecurity firm Prevasio, says that even if SolarWinds clients have not been targeted, they should assume that they are vulnerable to second-stage attacks.

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AUSTRALIAN SIGNALS DIRECTORATE. AUSTRALIAN CYBER SECURITY CENTRE,AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF DEFENCE,AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF HOME AFFAIRS,AUSTRADE,PREVASIO

Fintechs slam CBA alerts as misleading

Original article by James Eyers
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 15 & 20 : 18-Nov-19

Raiz Invest has criticised the Commonwealth Bank of Australia for warning customers about the security risks associated with the use of fintech apps. CBA customers who use the Raiz app recently received a warning that their NetBank account had been compromised, and cautioned against sharing account log-in details with third parties. Raiz CEO George Lucas says the CBA alert was misleading and may even constitute an abuse of market power. Fintech Australia’s Rebecca Schot-Guppy says CBA’s actions are concerning given that the open banking regime is slated to begin in early 2020.

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COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, RAIZ INVEST LIMITED – ASX RZI, FINTECH AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, ZIP CO LIMITED – ASX Z1P, AMP LIMITED – ASX AMP, AUSTRALIAN SECURITIES AND INVESTMENTS COMMISSION, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB

Tech experts opt out of My Health system

Original article by Bo Seo
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 5 : 31-Jan-19

Australians must choose whether to opt out of the federal government’s controversial My Health Record system by 31 January. Data security and privacy concerns have prompted a number of people in the technology sector to opt out of the system, including Freelancer CEO and founder Matt Barrie, who says the government has done an "abysmal job" of protecting Australians’ privacy. Cyber security expert Vijay Varadharajan has also chosen to opt out, although Cyber Security Research Centre CEO Rachael Falk has opted in.

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FREELANCER LIMITED – ASX FLN, CYBER SECURITY RESEARCH CENTRE, AIRTREE VENTURES PTY LTD, MICROSOFT CORPORATION, UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES, UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE

Minor parties warn of risks of e-voting

Original article by Primrose Riordan, Yolanda Redrup
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 12-Jul-16

The high cost of the 2016 federal election – estimated at almost $A200m – and the lengthy delay in counting votes has prompted renewed debate about electronic voting. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten support e-voting, but the Nick Xenophon Team and the Australian Greens are concerned about security issues. The latter notes that the potential for hacking of personal devices emerged during the 2015 election in New South Wales.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, NICK XENOPHON TEAM, AUSTRALIAN GREENS, AUSTRALIAN INFORMATION INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION LIMITED, AUSTRALIA. JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON ELECTORAL MATTERS, UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE

Business under cyber siege

Original article by John Kerin
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 20-Jun-14

The number of cyber attacks on Australian government agencies and private businesses by foreign hackers rose 21 per cent in 2013. Australian Signals Directorate assistant secretary Joe Franzi told a conference on 19 June 2014 that half of these attacks involved foreign governments. He expects even more cyber attacks to occur in 2014

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AUSTRALIAN SIGNALS DIRECTORATE, ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH-EAST ASIAN NATIONS