A storm has erupted over the theft and black-market sale of the US National Security Agency’s hacking tools. Edward Snowden revealed the widespread use of 'offensive security' tools in 2014. Since then, industry commentators have suggested that the tools and tactics used by the NSA may greatly harm Internet security.
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The Australian 2016 Census has sparked much debate and consternation among privacy advocates and security professionals alike.
IBM has responded to the Census debacle after a conspicuous silence in the wake of Tuesday night’s website meltdown.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has shifted his tone on the Census debacle, with the PM telling a press conference that “which heads roll where and when” will be determined by the government review into the website meltdown that left most Australians unable to complete the Census.
Last night, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) closed the 2016 Census website. No explanation was given at the time, except for a message on the page saying “the system is very busy at the moment”.
In an at times bizarre press conference small business minister Michael McCormack has confirmed that a series of denial of service attacks targeted the Census 2016 website, with the Australian Bureau of Statistics eventually making the decision to pull it offline.
Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has launched an investigation into what the Australian Bureau of Statistics has described as a series of denial of service attacks that targeted the Census 2016 site.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has claimed that it took the Census system offline after was targeted by four denial of service attacks “of varying nature and severity”.
Qantas is seeking to recruit a group chief information security officer and a number of other senior staff to drive an updated cyber security function at the airline.
Australia’s national Computer Emergency Response Team – CERT Australia – is seeking a significant boost to its headcount as the government moves to implement the elements of its national cyber security strategy.
A flood of ransomware, demanding ransom usually in bitcoin to unlock files encrypted by malicious software, will be an early priority for Victorian Liberal MP Dan Tehan in his new role as Australia’s ‘cyber minister’.
In the aftermath of the 2 July federal election, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and opposition leader Bill Shorten both indicated support for the potential use of eVoting to avoid drawn-out post-election ballot counting.
There is an escalating technological arms race underway between governments and hacktivists. As governments step up their surveillance, the hacktivists find new ways to subvert it.
Victoria’s Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection, David Watts has issued the Victorian
Protective Data Security Standards (VPDSS).
MYOB has begun hunting for an executive to head up cyber security.
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