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Mystery Hacker Steals Australian Defense Data

A mystery hacker who was given the alias of a TV soap opera character has stolen sensitive information about Australia’s multi-billion dollar warplane and navy projects. Intelligence officials say the break was significant, although the Australian government insists that only low-level data was taken. The identity of the cyber criminal is not known.

The virtual break-in saw cyber thieves take illustrations of a major Australian naval project. About 30GB of data was stolen. Details about new fighter planes, submarines and Australia’s largest warships were also compromised. The breach began in July last year, but the Australian Signals Directorate, a domestic spy agency, was not alerted until November. Intelligence officials say the hack, which targeted a private defence contractor in South Australia state, was – in their words – ‘extensive’ and ‘extreme.’

But the government is insisting there was no threat to national security.

Australia’s Defence Industry Minister, Christopher Pyne, says

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Mystery Hacker Steals Australian Defense Data – VOA News

A mystery hacker who was given the alias of a TV soap opera character has stolen sensitive information about Australia’s multi-billion dollar warplane and navy projects. Intelligence officials say the break was significant, although the Australian government insists that only low-level data was taken. The identity of the cyber criminal is not known.

The virtual break-in saw cyber thieves take illustrations of a major Australian naval project. About 30GB of data was stolen. Details about new fighter planes, submarines and Australia’s largest warships were also compromised. The breach began in July last year, but the Australian Signals Directorate, a domestic spy agency, was not alerted until November. Intelligence officials say the hack, which targeted a private defence contractor in South Australia state, was – in their words – ‘extensive’ and ‘extreme.’

But the government is insisting there was no threat to national security.

Australia’s Defence Industry Minister, Christopher Pyne, says

Read more at: https://www.voanews.com/a/mystery-hacker-steals-australian-defense-data/4070280.html

Australian Government Discloses Breach of Defense Supplier’s Computer

 

According to the Australian government, hackers infiltrated certain defense contractor’s PC in 2016. Before launching the yearly threat report of the Australian Cyber Security Center scheduled for October 10, Dan Tehan Assistant Minister for Cyber Security couldn’t confirm the individual’s name behind the hack.

 

Managing to reach the Information Technology network, the intruders remained there for long as they stole vast volumes of data belonging to the defense supplier. When in November 2016, the Australian Cyber Security Center of the federal government became aware of the incident it assisted in halting the attack.

 

Tehan explained that the hacker could be a state-sponsored online thief or a normal cyber-criminal, either way the individual’s behavior prompted serious action. The minister said nothing could be fully confirmed, a usual hazard in this field of cyber-crime. He couldn’t also state the length of time the intruders stayed on the computer. However, according to him, the IT

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Australian Businesses ‘Worryingly Underprepared’ For Rising Ransomware Threat: Experts

Recent global ransomware attacks have highlighted the vulnerable position of Australian businesses when it comes to cyber security, yet many are still failing to undertake urgently required remediation, experts have warned.

In recent months the WannaCry and Petya outbreaks caused widespread disruption and losses for businesses and public-sector bodies around the world, and it is feared they represent just the start of a new wave of targeted cyber crime.

Experts at a security round table event in Sydney today agreed urgent action was required by Australian businesses of all sizes to ensure they were as prepared as possible before the next wave of attacks occurs.

“Business owners are understandably focused on the day-to-day challenges of running their business,” said David Cohen, Founder and Managing Director of SystemNet. “But unfortunately this means they are not paying sufficient attention to cyber security.

“Many might be aware of the risks, but have not considered the

Read more at: https://www.cso.com.au/mediareleases/29896/australian-businesses-worryingly-underprepared/

Australian Businesses ‘Worryingly Underprepared’ For Rising … – CSO

Recent global ransomware attacks have highlighted the vulnerable position of Australian businesses when it comes to cyber security, yet many are still failing to undertake urgently required remediation, experts have warned.

In recent months the WannaCry and Petya outbreaks caused widespread disruption and losses for businesses and public-sector bodies around the world, and it is feared they represent just the start of a new wave of targeted cyber crime.

Experts at a security round table event in Sydney today agreed urgent action was required by Australian businesses of all sizes to ensure they were as prepared as possible before the next wave of attacks occurs.

“Business owners are understandably focused on the day-to-day challenges of running their business,” said David Cohen, Founder and Managing Director of SystemNet. “But unfortunately this means they are not paying sufficient attention to cyber security.

“Many might be aware of the risks, but have not considered the

Read more at: https://www.cso.com.au/mediareleases/29896/australian-businesses-worryingly-underprepared/

New Australian military unit will specialise in cyber warfare

A new information warfare division will be created within the Australian Defence Force to run both offensive and defensive cyber warfare operations, the Turnbull Government has announced.

The government’s cyber security minister, Dan Tehan, said the new unit would help the ADF keep pace with modern security threats, as foreign powers like the US, Russia and China escalate their investment in digital forms of war.

The unit will be active from tomorrow and will pull together existing cyber capabilities from across the Defence Force.

“The division will have the responsibility for military cyber operations, military intelligence, joint electronic warfare, information operations and our military’s space operations,” Mr Tehan said.

“It will integrate existing operations from across our defence forces to protect and support our ADF deployed personnel and systems.”

The government will use part of the $400 million set aside in last year’s Defence White Paper to hire cyber specialists.

Read more at: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/06/30/new-australian-military-unit-will-specialise-cyber-warfare

There are no confirmed reports Australian organisations have been hit.

Australia on alert after cyber attack

Australian organisations do not appear to have been affected by a massive global malware attack but the federal government says it is taking precautions.

Computer systems at companies and hospitals across the world were attacked on Friday, apparently part of an extortion plot.

There are no confirmed reports Australian organisations have been hit.

“There has been no impact on the Australian health system at this stage,” Cyber Security Minister Dan Tehan told reporters in Perth on Saturday.

“It could have been directed solely at Europe but we just don’t know.”

Despite measures aimed at beefing up Australia’s cyber security, there would always

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The Australian cyber security industry is growing and this is how you can make a career out of it

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The MP assisting prime minister Malcolm Turnbull with cyber security, Dan Tehan, has estimated that cyber crime costs the Australian economy roughly $1 billion dollars a year.

It comes as companies become increasingly reliant on digital platforms, providing hackers with an abundance of different avenues in which to execute cyber crime. Continue reading

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Yahoo email hack affected Australian politicians

Thousands of Australian government officials, including high-profile politicians and senior defence officials, are among the one billion victims of a massive Yahoo data breach, according to information obtained by the ABC.

More than one billion Yahoo user accounts were affected by the email hack in August 2013.
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Data provided by US security company InfoArmor, which alerted Australia’s Department of Defence last October to the massive data breach, reveal more than 3000 log-in credentials for private Yahoo services were linked to Australian government email accounts.

InfoArmor, an Arizona-based cyber security firm that investigates data theft for law enforcement agencies, said the data was stolen from Yahoo in 2013 by a hacker organisation from Eastern Europe.

It said the hacker group then sold the Yahoo accounts to cyber criminals and a suspected foreign intelligence agency for $US300,000 each.

Yahoo revealed late last year it believed hackers stole data from more

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