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Norwegian aluminium giant hit by ransomware

Norsk Hydro, a Norwegian aluminium and renewable energy company was subject to a Ransomware attack on Tuesday, 19 March 2019. The company confirmed the attack in a statement on their website: ‘Hydro became victim of an extensive cyber-attack in the early hours … read more

WordPress 5.1.1 security update

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) advises users and administrators of WordPress version 5.1 to update their applications to WordPress 5.1.1. The update addresses a vulnerability that could allow an attacker to take control of an affected website. … read more

Fake CIA emails requesting Bitcoin or arrest

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is aware of malicious emails claiming to be from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) that are being received by Australians. The emails align with the ‘sextortion’ campaign being observed globally. The criminals … read more

Google Chrome Security Update

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) advises Google Chrome users update their browser in order to patch a known vulnerability. Google has released Chrome version 72.0.3626.121 for Mac, Windows and Linux. The update addresses a vulnerability which allows … read more

Women in cyber security: Kylie McDevitt

Network engineering, common sense and top-grade resilience have propelled Kylie McDevitt into her role in the heart of cyber security in Australia’s capital. Kylie is the director of a security research and engineering team within the Australian Cyber Security … read more

ACSC detects malicious activity targeting political party networks

During the course of the investigation into the recent compromise of the Australian Parliament House network, the ACSC has identified that networks of some political parties have also been affected by a cyber security incident. In speeches delivered to … read more

ACSC celebrates Safer Internet Day

Today marks Safer Internet Day (SID), and the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is a proud partner in supporting this year’s theme – ‘Together for a better internet’. SID is an annual, worldwide event led by the Office of the … read more

Scammers claiming to be from ICT service desks targeting user multi-factor authentication

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is aware of a phone scam asking staff members of a critical infrastructure organisation to reveal their multifactor authentication credentials. The scammers seek to convince staff members to reveal their credentials … read more

Get smarter with passwords

Whether you’re an individual or part of an organisation, the data dump of billions of stolen passwords and email addresses is a reminder to take action to protect yourself and your information. The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is aware that the … read more

773M accounts affected by ‘Collection #1’ breach

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is aware of a significant data breach affecting 773 million email addresses and usernames. Titled ‘Collection #1’, the data breach was made public by Australian cyber security expert Troy Hunt, who identified that a … read more

Has the global MSP hack affected your business?

The global hack of ICT managed service providers, or MSPs, has affected businesses across Australia and the world. MSPs manage IT services and infrastructure for businesses of all sizes, and access their customers’ systems remotely, making them attractive … read more

Don’t get burned by email scams this Summer

At this time of the year, Australia sees its fair share of extreme weather events. From savage storms to raging bushfires, these extreme weather conditions can take place unexpectedly, leaving Australians little time to consider the possibility of being the … read more