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The holidays in security: Breaches drive governments to bug bounties

Australia may have taken it easy for the holiday season, but hackers weren’t easing off during the festivities.

There were attacks, for example, on [[xref:https://www.computerworld.com.au/article/651157/cyber-attack-hits-us-newspaper-distribution/ |several major US newspapers]] while nation-state attackers [[xref:https://www.cso.com.au/article/650993/nation-state-attackers-fingered-exploiting-bug-twitter-anti-troll-tools/ |were fingered]] for exploiting a bug in Twitter’s anti-trolling tools.

US authorities [[xref:https://www.cso.com.au/article/651097/us-charges-two-chinese-nationals-massive-data-thefts-from-nasa-others/ |charging two Chinese nationals]] for massive data thefts from NASA and other firms – also drawing the ire of Australian authorities, who [[xref:https://www.computerworld.com.au/article/651096/australia-charges-china-with-backing-msp-hacking-campaign/| charged China]] with backing the campaign of intellectual property theft and managed service provider hacking.

These and other breaches followed on from [[xref:https://www.cso.com.au/article/650658/google-leak-affects-52-million-users-g-suite-users/ |a recent leak]] that affected 52 million Google+ and G Suite users, and revelations that [[xref:https://www.computerworld.com.au/article/651010/microsoft-amazon-yahoo-given-access-facebook-users-data-report/ |Facebook provided]] Microsoft, Amazon and Yahoo with special access to its users’ data.

It wasn’t the best leadup to a year that [[xref:https://www.cso.com.au/article/650755/evolving-threat-landscape-what-look-2019/ |is already expected]] to pose new challenges and frustrations for CISOs – least of all, compliance with 2018-era legislation that [[xref:https://www.cso.com.au/article/651114/leicester-tigers-recruit-thinkmarble-tackle-gdpr-compliance/ |continues to challenge]] many organisations’ existing privacy practices.