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Parliament House attack a tough lesson on credential security

Credit: ID 128782397 © Alexander Yakimov | Dreamstime.com The high-profile breach of Australia’s Parliament House highlights a rising climate of nation-state attacks that will drive a cybersecurity reckoning across both public and private sectors, experts have argued as the fallout from the attack continues to emerge. A growing threat of nation-state attack has long had […]

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To patch now or defer? Microsoft finds way more bugs exploited as zero days than patched bugs

Credit: ID 128782397 © Alexander Yakimov | Dreamstime.com It is a good idea to patch critical bugs swiftly, however Microsoft’s data shows that rushing doesn’t necessarily lower the risk to a system.  At last week’s BlueHat security conference, Microsoft security expert Matt Miller gave the low down on when vulnerabilities actually get exploited. According to […]

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The week in security: With breaches soaring, is cybersecurity just minutes to midnight?

Credit: ID 131225312 © John Albert | Dreamstime.com Over 59,000 GDPR breaches have been recorded since the legislation became active in May, but there have only been 91 fines handed down – leading some to wonder whether regulators simply can’t keep up. Australia’s record of breaches was also continuing, with the last quarter of 2018 […]

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CrowdStrike Store brings third-party endpoint security agents to its platform

Cloud-based endpoint security company CrowdStrike has launched a new platform that allows other security vendors to use its own software agent to collect data. It’s a new model that, if successful, could disrupt the endpoint security space and could solve a problem that many organizations have: Being forced to install software agents from multiple vendors […]

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Apple patches FaceTime eavesdropping bug, credits 14-year old who found it

Apple has released a iOS 12.1.4 with a fix for the bug that allowed FaceTime callers to listen in on a recipient’s iPhone even if the call was never answered.  The iOS 12.1.4 patch caps off a busy week for Apple on security and privacy issues, with the company responding not just a gaping FaceTime hole in […]

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The last quarter of 2018 saw more Australian data breaches than ever

Credit: ID 70785704 © Rawpixelimages | Dreamstime.com Years of investment in security have failed to stem the number of data breaches affecting Australian companies, with new figures bringing to 812 the number of compromises reported since the notifiable data breaches (NDB) scheme went into effect nearly a year ago. The latest quarterly figures from the […]

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Mental health: Is it a big issue in cybersecurity?

Credit: ID 125812078 © Tatiana Stulbo | Dreamstime.com This article is going to be a little different to my normal style. I really want to do my part in highlighting a problem in the security industry that we all need to consider and discuss openly so we can help each other in tough situations. Stick […]

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BEC scammers use Gmail’s ‘Dots don’t matter’ policy to scale up fraud

Credit: ID 83163365 © Gstudioimagen | Dreamstime.com Scammers are using the fact that Google’s Gmail ignores extra dots in an email address to pull off large scale email scams.  Google’s so-called “Dots don’t matter” policy is designed to be helpful for consumers and even protect them from scammers creating a dotted version of their account. […]

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Over 59,000 GDPR data breach notifications, but only 91 fines

Credit: Dreamstime Since the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect in May last year, EU organisations have reported almost 60,000 data breaches, but so far fewer than 100 fines have been issued by regulators. According to a new report by multinational law firm DLA Piper, the European Commission’s official statistics show […]

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Add cybersecurity to Doomsday Clock concerns, says Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

The human race is closer to herd suicide than it has been in history, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists warns — in part, because of cybersecurity issues, including both information warfare and insecure IoT devices. Founded by the Manhattan Project scientists who built America’s nuclear weapons program, the Doomsday Clock is a regular reminder of […]