Passage of the Telecommunications Reform Package is a key step towards guaranteeing country communities access to reliable communications, according to the Regional, Rural and Remote Communications Coalition (RRRCC), which has again issued a call to Government for the legislation to be passed by the Senate.

The latest data breach report from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner shows that Australian businesses have learnt nothing from the devastating impacts of breaches in other countries, a cyber security professional says.

Former Royal Australian Navy officer Abigail Bradshaw has been appointed as the chief of the Australian Cyber Security Centre.

Windows users should not be forced to create an ordinary user before they start to use the system because, "they need those admin rights to do anything with their computer, such as installing Chrome, games or a security solution", a security professional says.

 

A new 78-node cluster will be delivered and installed at the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre in Perth in support of the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope. The MWA is one of the many precursor projects being developed as part of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), a joint venture between Australia and South Africa with input from radio astronomers located around the world.

Five hundred and thirty-seven data breaches were reported to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner during the six months from July to December 2019, an increase of 19% over the previous six-month period, with malicious or criminal attacks - including cyber incidents - accounting for nearly two-thirds (64%) of the total.

Using SMS as a means for two-factor authentication can be the weak link that leads to account compromise, according to Arvind Narayanan, an associate professor of Computer Science at Princeton University, who outlined an easy way that he and three of his colleagues had tested out to compromise accounts.

A new standard to mandate stronger identity verification processes before mobile numbers can be ported is being introduced in Australia as the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) steps up its fight against mobile number fraud.

Cryptography expert Ronald Rivest has dismissed the idea that blockchains would be of any use in voting systems, saying it was something like bringing a combination lock to a kitchen fire.

Google has released a fix for a high-severity vulnerability in its Chrome browser. The bug is currently being exploited in the wild on Windows 10 systems.

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