Security > Data breaches

Cambridge Analytica shows regulation has failed

23 March, 2018 by Jonathan Nally

The failure of regulators, firms and individuals to protect sensitive data is behind cases such as the Cambridge Analytica furore, says Sydney academic.

Medical records exposed by Telstra gaffe

22 March, 2018 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

A major vulnerability in Telstra's popular Argus patient record sharing software may have left Australians' sensitive medical details exposed to attack.

Facebook in hot water over data harvesting

21 March, 2018 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

Facebook's market value has plunged over allegations that Cambridge Analytica used profile data to influence the US presidential election.

OAIC to probe Cambridge Analytica

20 March, 2018 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

The Privacy Commissioner will check to see if Australians' private Facebook data was acquired by Cambridge Analytica.

Svitzer makes first public NDB disclosure

19 March, 2018 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

Sensitive information on close to half of shipping company Svitzer's Australian employees was compromised over a nearly 11-month period.

Notifiable Data Breach law takes effect

22 February, 2018 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

Australia's Notifiable Data Breach legislation came into effect today, leaving Australian organisations at risk of fines of up to $1.8m for failing to disclose a breach.

OAIC consumer guides for NDB scheme

20 February, 2018 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

With the Notifiable Data Breach scheme about to start, two OAIC guides detail the steps to take if you're informed of a breach.

Pragmatic approach needed for Meltdown

19 February, 2018 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

Gartner urges a multistage approach to dealing with the new class of security vulnerability represented by Meltdown and Spectre.

Equifax appoints new CISO

15 February, 2018 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

Jamil Farshchi will have the challenging task of helping to restore public confidence in the integrity of the credit reporting agency's stored data.

C-suite responsibilities in data breaches

12 February, 2018

Executives and company directors will face increased responsibility for cybersecurity under Australia's new mandatory data breach notification laws.

World's largest hacked credential database leaked

14 December, 2017 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

A 41 GB database containing 1.4 billion stolen usernames and passwords — compiled from over 250 high-profile data breaches — has been leaked online.

Millions of PCs at risk from Intel firmware flaw

27 November, 2017 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

Intel has discovered vulnerabilities in the firmware of a range of processors that could potentially allow attackers to remotely execute code or gain access to sensitive information.

Govt contractor exposes personal info of 50,000 Aussies

03 November, 2017 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

A government contractor inadvertently left the personal information of thousands of public servants and private sector workers exposed in a misconfigured publicly accessible AWS cloud storage bucket.

'Alf' stole 30 GB of sensitive military data

13 October, 2017 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

A hacker codenamed Alf, after a Home and Away character, has exfiltrated 30 GB of data on Australia's Joint Strike Fighter and other military vehicle programs.

All 3bn Yahoo users affected by 2013 breach

06 October, 2017 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

Yahoo has revealed that a previously disclosed 2013 data breach was the worst of all time, with all 3 billion of its users at the time impacted.

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