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Aus Gov releases draft Assistance & Access Bill

Aus Gov releases draft Assistance & Access Bill

There’s going to be a lot of debate over this one, as the Australian Government has just released a draft of their Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018 (1.13MB PDF) The Assistance and Access Bill is intended to secure critical assistance from the communications industry, and enable law enforcement to investigate serious crimes. However it has already raised a fair amount of criticism across the media, based on the proposed changes – as will have a major impact on Australian citizen’s privacy. The draft of The Assistance and Access Bill 2018 calls for anyone using or selling communications services in Australia to be subject to police orders for access to private data. This includes all vendors of computers, phones, apps, social media and cloud services, and anyone within national borders using them. These data-tapping orders will be enforced with fines of up to AU$10m (US$7.3m) for companies or $50,000 ($36,368) for individuals. While there’s no explicit encryption backdoor requirements in the 110 page […]

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G Suite Gov Backed Attacks Alert

G Suite Gov Backed Attacks Alert

Google announced today that administrators of G Suite accounts can now enable and configure a special alert when a government-backed cyber-espionage group is trying to hack into one of their company’s user accounts. This new alert is available via the “Admin Console > Reports > Manage Alerts > Government backed attack” option available through the standard G Suite super admin account. The feature isn’t new. Google has been warning Gmail users of government-backed attacks since 2012, an alert system it revamped and redesigned in 2017. Read the full story from Bleeping Computer here.

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Notifiable data breaches – the human element

Notifiable data breaches – the human element

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner published their Notifiable Data Breaches Quarterly Statistics Report on Tuesday the 31st of July 2018. This report covers data breaches reported from the 1st of April through to the 30th of June. It’s a very topical read – as there’s some interesting statistics about trends and types of breaches reported. The OAIC now publishes a quarterly statistical information about notifications received under the NDB scheme, which commenced on 22 February 2018, to assist entities and the public to understand the operation of the scheme. A summary of the report is provided below: The OAIC had a total of 242 notifications this quarter. The largest source of attacks was cyber incidents (97 notifications) such as phishing, malware, ransomware, brute-force attack, compromised or stolen credentials and hacking by other means. The majority of cyber incidents were linked to the compromise of credentials through phishing (29%), brute-force attacks (14%) or by unknown methods (34%). Theft of paperwork or storage devices was […]

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New Apple iOS12 security features

New Apple iOS12 security features

Now that Apple’s iOS12 is finally out and available to the public, it’s an opportune time to focus in on some of the security related features that weren’t covered in their WWDC keynote. Here’s a quick run down of security related updates worth knowing about:   Integration with third party password managers to fill in passwords  iOS 12 can show passwords from password manager apps like 1Password and LastPass in QuickType suggestions through a new Password Manager API. We just need app developers to make use of the new API. Expect to see some app updates to fully integrate this, but basically will make password integration much easier. Great stuff!   SMS one-time passcode auto-fill Until now, iOS users had to always switch between apps and messages in order to copy and paste a two-factor SMS authentication code with apps you’re logging into. iOS 12 will now recognise these codes when they are received, and suggest them as an autofill option. Bear in mind that […]

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