Twitter accounts that are controlled largely by bots have been observed targeting Australians in the run-up to the Federal Election on 18 May, a researcher from the Queensland University of Technology Digital Media Research Centre claims.
The chief executive of a cyber security firm in Canberra says the announcement of $156 million in funding by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, to bolster cyber security efforts that are in place to guard the country's communications networks, would do little to directly improve the protection of government agencies.
A cyber security and information warfare researcher from the University of New South Wales has issued what can be only described as an alarmist warning that the forthcoming Australian Federal Election will attract social media manipulation, nation-state attacks and a "swarm of advertising and messaging in platforms as diverse as Facebook and WeChat".
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