Security > Data breaches

COVIDSafe app is secure and compliant, says Privacy Commissioner

28 April, 2020 by Amy Sarcevic

Important safeguards are in place to ensure the app protects our data, says Angelene Faulk.


Critical comms companies lax in security

17 March, 2020 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

One in five critical communications companies lack any form of cybersecurity system, despite the industry regularly experiencing cyber attacks.


OAIC sues Facebook for major privacy violations

11 March, 2020 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

The Federal Court proceedings allege that Facebook wilfully violated the privacy of around 311,000 Facebook users by disclosing their sensitive personal information.


NDB notifications grew 19% in 2H19

03 March, 2020 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

Businesses reported 537 data breaches under the NDB scheme in the second half of 2019, with 64% of these blamed on malicious activity, according to the OAIC.


Four in five Aussie IoT adopters have faced a hack

24 February, 2020 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

Four in five IoT adopting Australian enterprises have experienced an attempted or successful hacking attempt, new research indicates.


Ashley Madison users face extortion scam, five years on

05 February, 2020

Victims of the Ashley Madison data breach are again under attack, this time, via emailed blackmail attempts.


Microsoft cops to exposing customer data online

24 January, 2020 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

Microsoft has admitted to a security gaffe that led to more than 250m customer support records dating back to 2005 being inadvertently exposed online.


Data on 1.2 billion consumers exposed online

26 November, 2019 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

A massive trove of around 4 billion customer records has been found online sitting on an unsecured server.


Privacy complaints to OAIC grew 12% in FY19

24 October, 2019 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

Privacy complaints to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner grew to 3306 during the last financial year.


Facebook confirms millions of phone numbers leaked

09 September, 2019 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

Facebook has confirmed reports that a public server containing hundreds of millions of user phone numbers has been discovered online.


Human error blamed for third of NDBs in Q2

28 August, 2019 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

Malicious attacks accounted for 62% of data breach notifications reported in the June quarter, with human error the cause of a further 34%.


Victoria's PTV breached Privacy Act over myki: OVIC

16 August, 2019 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

OVIC has found Public Transport Victoria to be in breach of the state's Privacy Act by publicly releasing travel records for 15.2m myki cards.


Person charged over massive US data breach

31 July, 2019 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

A US woman has been charged with illegally accessing information on around 106 million customers of North American bank holding company Capital One.


Equifax to pay at least $818m over 2017 data breach

23 July, 2019 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

US credit rating agency Equifax has agreed to pay at least $818m in customer compensation and penalties over the company's massive 2017 data breach.


Google contractors can listen to your conversations

15 July, 2019

Google has confirmed contractors listen to and transcribe snippets of audio recorded by Google Assistant after a reviewer leaked over 1000 recordings. 


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