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Australia releases advice to counter ‘foreign interference’ after university cyber attacks

The Australian Government has published the “Guidelines to counter foreign interference in the Australian university sector” in response to recent targeted cyberattacks aimed at stealing research and intellectual property.  Minister for Education, Dan Tehan, and Minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton, announced the new guidelines for universities on Thursday.  The guidance is the result of […]

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Cisco: there’s a bad bug in open source software that a Netflix engineer abandoned in 2016

Credit: ID 116882020 © Maciek905 | Dreamstime.com Cisco has disclosed a bug in Exhibitor, a popular open source package for the Apache Zookeeper server for distributed applications in the cloud.  Exhibitor is an open source program developed by Netflix to help deal with ephemeral cloud instances within Zookeeper, which wasn’t built to handle cases where […]

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When moving to cloud, don’t lift-and-shift your security techniques

Credit: ID 154531288 © Pavlo I | Dreamstime.com The ease of weaponising sophisticated nation-state compromises means that CSOs must adopt a security mindset based on workload protection, the head of one security vendor has advised, rather than trying to secure each device or network element individually. That long-held approach had become increasingly untenable given the […]

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Microsoft: find and patch RDP services now because new BlueKeep threats are coming

Following reports of the first attacks for the BlueKeep RDP flaw affecting Windows PCs, Microsoft has issued an alert for admins to patch all Remote Desktop protocol (RDP) services immediately.  Last week UK researchers Kevin Beaumont and Marcus Hutchins detailed new BlueKeep attacks designed to install cryptominers on compromised machines.  A honeypot Beaumont created to detect […]

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My Health Record avoids cybersecurity breaches despite dizzying growth in usage

Credit: ID 147362659 © Awargula | Dreamstime.com The compromise of Monash IVF marks the latest in a string of cyberattacks on healthcare providers but the government’s controversial My Health Record (MyHR) system escaped compromise during the last financial year, with no malicious breaches recorded despite the addition of more than 550 million documents to the […]

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