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2018 -- Launching into action

Working from new purpose-built headquarters after its official launch in August, the ACSC and its network of Joint Cyber Security Centres (JCSCs) across the country are building on decades of quiet success by Australian agencies. The ACSC, part of the … read more

ACSC advice for MSPs

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is providing assistance to ICT managed service providers (MSPs) in the wake of the global cyber security compromise confirmed by the Australian Government. Alastair MacGibbon, Head of the ACSC and National Cyber … read more

Microsoft warns of Internet Explorer vulnerability

Microsoft has released a security update for Internet Explorer after receiving a report from Google about a new vulnerability that is being used in targeted attacks. Security vulnerabilities in applications can be used to execute malicious code on your … read more

Bomb threat email scam targeting Australians

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is aware of bomb threat emails being received by Australians. The emails claim an explosive device has been hidden in the recipient’s premises, and will be detonated unless a ransom is paid in bitcoin. If you receive … read more

Facebook warns 6.8 million users about photo bug

Up to 6.8 million people who uploaded their photos to Facebook may have shared more than they intended to because of an application program interface (API) bug. ‘Currently, we believe this may have affected up to 6.8 million users and up to 1,500 apps … read more

Expanded agreement on incident management arrangements

The Council of Australian Governments has today agreed to expanded Cyber Incident Management Arrangements (CIMA), increasing national cyber defences through improved cooperation across jurisdictions. The CIMA outlines the inter-jurisdictional coordination … read more

Inspiring a new generation

Australia’s best young cyber stars have been recognised in the Cyber Security Challenge Australia (CySCA), the nation’s flagship hacking competition for tertiary students. The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) and industry partners run the challenge to … read more

New approach to support cyber security

The updated Australian Government Information Security Manual (ISM) has been released by the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC). The 2018 release supports a move towards a risk-based approach that gives organisations greater flexibility to manage their … read more

Adobe urges users to patch Flash Player

Adobe has released security updates for its widely used Flash Player app to help users defend themselves against the latest malware. Users who fail to update their Flash Player app could be vulnerable to cyber criminals, who could use it as an opportunity to … read more

Marriott, Starwood hit by security incident

The Marriott Group have released a statement regarding a significant data security incident involving their Starwood Guest Reservation database. An investigation undertaken by Marriott in September 2018 determined that there had been unauthorised access to the … read more

Medicare & Aus Post SMS scam

You may have seen news reports yesterday of an active phishing campaign via SMS, pretending to be from either Medicare or Australia Post. The messages claim that you have a rebate owed or a competition opportunity and asks you to click through to a website and … read more

Adelaide JCSC officially opens

Today the Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne, officially opened the Adelaide Joint Cyber Security Centre (JCSC), as part of the Government’s $47 million commitment to collaborative cyber security solutions under the 2016 Cyber Security Strategy. … read more