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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

Phishing email scam – tender invitation

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is aware of phishing emails allegedly from the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities, inviting the recipient to respond to a tender invitation. This email is a scam, and the fake tender … read more

‘Whatsapp Gold’ is a hoax

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is aware that messages are circulating on Whatsapp that attempt to lure people into using a ‘gold’ version of the app. The scam urges victims to sign up for an ‘upgrade’. After clicking on the link you would be … read more

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

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

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