Tag Archives: Australia

Australia Reviews List of Banned Websites

Australia is conducting an independent review of websites that are blocked by its Internet filter, which is perceived by many as government censorship, according to BBC. The Australian Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said the purpose of the review was to see if the scheme “reflects current community standards.” He said …

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Aussie Broadband News Site Hit by DDoS Attacks

Australian broadband news website Whirlpool.net.au was hit yesterday by several distributed denial of service attacks, but founder Simon Wright did not seem too concerned as he told ZDNet Australia he was not “really fazed by a few hours of downtime.” Wright said the site’s downtime might have given users a …

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Hackers Go After Politicians, Internet Censorship

The message board of the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) was flooded with impolite messages which appeared to emanate from Austrlian politicians, according to The Register. A group of hackers managed to flood the message board with inappropriate messages purporting to be posted by politicians. The posting began with a post …

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Australian Politicans Call for Forced Firewall and AV Software

The Australian government has been exploring ways to tackle the growing threats in cyberspace over the past year. The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications has thrown its own investigation into the mix with the publication of a new report titled “Hackers, Fraudsters and Botnets: Tackling the Problem of …

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Australian Government Kills AusCERT

The Australian government has decided to stop funding AusCERT and move to creating a computer emergency response team that look to provide an early warning system, according to The Australian. The new unit will be known as CERT Australia which “will now be the sole supplier of national CERT services …

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Australian National Cyber Week

Yesterday, Australia kicked off National Cyber Security Awareness Week, which is meant to raise cybersecurity awareness across the continent.There will be a number of events throughout the week, including security seminars and workshops. “Australians are increasingly relying on the internet in their everyday lives for banking, shopping, education and communication,” …

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Australians Look to Block Off Zombie Computers

The Australian government and the Internet Industry Association (IIA) have launched a new effort to reduce the number of malware infected computers on the Internet. The new code, which was crafted by IIA, outlines ways that Internet service providers (ISPs) can work to protect other Internet users and the individuals …

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Australian Cyber Crime Nets $70 Million Annually

Organized crime is estimated to be costing Australia $15 billion annually, according to The Age. Cyber crime alone account for nearly $70 million stolen each year. The major avenues for cyber crime are hacking and identity theft that defrauds the Australian government, companies and private citizens of millions annually. The …

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US Criticizes Australia's Attempts to Censor Cyberspace

A plan by the Australian government to censor the Internet is receiving criticism from the Obama administration, saying it goes against stated U.S. foreign policy of using an open Internet to spread economic growth and global security, according to Australian news site The Punch. Responding to questions about the filter …

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Australia Seeks to Hire Cybersecurity Professionals

Cyber experts in the United States consistently bemoan the dearth of skilled cyber professionals to fill the ranks as ‘cyber warriors.’ The Department of Homeland Security has advertised positions for cyber professionals via their website since the end of last year. The Australian government is experiencing a similar shortage of …

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Lynn Calls for Cybersecurity Cooperation with Australia

The alliance between the United States and Australia has lasted from 1908 to the present day, against a variety of threats from the Kaiser to Bin Laden. During a roundtable with with Australian civic and business people, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III called for that relationship to continue …

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Hacktivists Strike Australian Government Websites

In protest of proposed censorship regulations by the Australian government, hacktivists launched a distributed denial of service attack against Australian government websites. Operation Titstorm, launched Wednesday, disrupted access to the sites of the Australian parliament and government, www.australia.gov.au and www.aph.gov.au. The attacks included pornographic images, which were slated to be …

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Australia Opens Center for Cyber War

The Australian Department of Defense has opened a new center for cyber security in Canberra. The center will be staffed over 50 existing staff from the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) and will also include representatives from Australian intelligence (ASIO), the Australian federal police and the Attorney General’s Office. The center …

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Australian Cybersecurity Strategy

The Australian government has joined in moving forward cybersecurity, with a new Cyber Security Initiative. The initiative contains several key goals, including education and awareness for individual citizens, securing government systems and securing private-sector infrastructures. The Australian Attorney General’s office is the lead organization for cybersecurity issues in Australia. The …

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