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Snapchat escapes Australian cyberbullying crackdown, for now

Snapchat escapes Australia's cyberbullying crackdown, for now

Australia's cyberbullying crackdown won't see the country putting any legal muscle into forcing "smaller" social media firms like Snapchat to take down harassing content, a Parliament spokesman said on Tuesday.

Shopping site reports 3-year-old data breach

Australian shopping site reports 3-year-old data breach

Australian shopping website CatchOfTheDay has warned customers of a data breach dating back to 7 May 2011, urging anyone who has kept the same password at the site since that date to change it.

Australian police using tower dumps to slurp mass phone data

Australian police using tower dumps to slurp mass phone data

Australian federal and state police have joined the ranks of mega-data slurpers - namely, the US, where 1 in 4 law enforcement agencies have reportedly used a "tower dump" - ordering phone providers to hand over personal information about thousands of mobile phone users, regardless of whether or not those people are under investigation.

How not to tell your customers how much you care about their security

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We've written before about "what not to do" when sending emails to your customers.

Here's another example, with an explanation of why doing the right thing will be better for everyone - including your marketing team! - in the long run.

SCAMwatch - 5 tips to keep your friends and family out of scammers' clutches

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It's National Consumer Fraud Week in Australia, so the government's SCAMwatch team has published 5 straight-talking anti-scammer tips.

With Aussies alone taken for about $90M last year, this is a battle we need to keep on fighting all around the globe...

FitzRoy, Oleg Pliss, Spotify and TrueCrypt - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Did FitzRoy get hacked? Who is Oleg Pliss? What's up with Spotify? Where has TrueCrypt gone?

60 Second Security - 31 May 2014

Google Glass recording without permission could become illegal in Australia

Google Glass recording without permission could become illegal in Australia

The country's considering an overhaul of privacy laws that could make it illegal to record private conversations or activities without consent via Google Glass or similar wearable technologies.

Australian government announces its National Cloud Computing Strategy

The Australian government has officially published its National Cloud Computing Strategy.

Sophos was involved in the committee that created this document...so we'd like to know what *you* think of it now it's out!

Telephonic irony - "Hello, this is the Do Not Call Register calling"

It was a breach of the law serious enough to attract a $110,000 fine, but you still have to laugh.

The company that operates Australia's Do Not Call Register has been found guilty of making unlawful calls to subscribers on the Do Not Call Register.

Cyber attackers seize, encrypt and ransom medical centre's patient database

Cyber attackers seize, encrypt and ransom medical centre's patient database

The data-kidnappers are demanding $4,000 to release thousands of patient records belonging to the Miami Family Medical Centre on Australia's Gold Coast.

PayPal phishing scams - take care of yourself online this Christmas

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PayPal users are being targeted in what is a now-typical pattern of phishing against the global payment service.

The trick is short and simple: you receive an email "acknowledging" a smallish payment. It's $79 to an eBay advertising service in our example...

Romanian hackers busted with half a MILLION credit cards from Australia - how could THAT have happened?

Romanian hackers busted with half a MILLION cards from Australia - how could THAT have happened?

A Romanian carding crew allegedly made off with half a million Aussie credit card numbers, racking up charges averaging more than $1000 each on 30,000 of them.

Half a MILLION cards from Australia. And the crooks didn't even need to leave Romania. How could THAT have happened?

National security threat or not? Huawei offers Australia unrestricted access to code

Huawei offers Australia unrestricted access to code

The company blames its own poor communications for what it calls "myths and misinformation" that have led to multiple countries banning its equipment.

But reports of Huawei's almost-sale of banned telecom equipment to Iran underscores fears that the company is sloppy at best, a vector for cyber attack at worst.

FTC announces international crack down on bogus support call scam

FTC announces international crack down on bogus support call scam

The US Federal Trade Commission announced a crackdown on a widespread phone-based scam that tricked tens of thousands of computer owners, worldwide, into purchasing bogus computer cleanup services.

Australian Privacy Commissioner lays the hard word on Google as WiFi data capture saga continues

Aussie Privacy Commissioner lays the hard word on Google as WiFi data capture saga continues

You're probably familiar with the Google Street View WiFi data collection saga by now.

It's not over yet, with the Australian Privacy Commissioner the latest critic to lay the hard word on Google.

Anonymous hacktivists steal AAPT customer data in data retention protest

Anonymous hacktivists steal AAPT customer data in data retention protest

Internet security and privacy are enjoying a spirited public airing in Australia today.

The wires are abuzz with claims that hackers stole 40GB of data from an ISP in protest against proposed new data retention laws.

SKA - no longer a troublesome mass-mailing computer virus

SKA - no longer a troublesome mass-mailing computer virus

In computer security history, the word Ska is most notably associated with a widespread mass-mailing virus also known as Happy99.

Happily, that association has recently been subsumed by an ambitious astronomical project - one which brings astonishing computer science challenges all of its own.

Samoa moves to the other side of the world - and misses a day!

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At midnight tonight, Samoa will switch from UTC-12 to UTC+12, jumping from one side of the world to the other.

So there will be no Friday 30 December 2011 in Samoa. How funky is that?

Safeguards for ethical hackers spurned by Australian government

Australia spurns ethical hacker protection

The Australian government has thumbed its nose at legal safeguards for ethical hackers, according to security researcher Alana Maurushat.

Industry professionals say they went out of their way to submit proposals for recent reviews of cybercrime laws, but the government decided to reject them all.