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January 19, 2016

Australia Not Prepared For Cyber Warfare, Report Warns

Australia stands unprepared for a cyber war, according to the Australian Centre for Cyber Security (ACCS), ABC News reported. The organization warned that Australian government and civilian sectors are far behind the U.S. and China, which have taken significant measures to prepare for cyber war.

The report called for a “rapid catch-up” in Australian military security capabilities in the information age. Professor Greg Austin, who released the report, described the country’s response to cyberspace threats as “slow and fragmented.”

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Another ACCS report noted the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has failed to sufficiently test its ability to thwart [...]

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December 23, 2015

Australian Government Advises Citizens to Switch off Two-Factor Authentication

It’s a move that beggars belief. The Australian Government, via Twitter, is advising citizens to turn off their 2FA or two-factor authentication setting when they’re out of mobile range, a normal occurrence when travelling abroad.

In a bizarre series of tweets, the Australian Government has advised citizens to disable two-factor authentication on their accounts on myGov, the Australian government’s main digital portal.

myGov is a portal wherein Australian citizens can access and manage several services including tax payments, health insurance and more, as reported by ArsTechnica. The 2FA security measure in the portal is a system wherein users receive text messages [...]

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December 2, 2015

Australian Government Targeted in a Cyberattack; China Blamed

A major cyber-attack has been reported by a prominent Australian news outlet that reveals Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology may have been compromised in a substantial attack. The blame game is firmly laid on China’s doorstep.

Multiple government sources and officials have reportedly confirmed a recent cyber-attack targeting Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

The Bureau is home to one of Australia’s largest supercomputers and is a broader environmental agency, beyond a simple weather bureau. It is known to provide critical information to the Australian Federal government and a raft of other agencies. In March [...]

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October 30, 2015

Australia To Trial World’s First Cloud-Based Passports

Australia has moved to introduce passport-less travel in a disruptive move that could cause bureaucracies throughout the world to reconsider business as usual. Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop predicts her country’s move will go global.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs reportedly held a hackathon – all encompassing of an X-Factor style audition before the secretary Peter Varghese, Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop, Assistant Minister Steve Ciobo and Chris Vein from the World Bank.

We think it will go global.

– Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told Fairfax Media.

Earlier in 2015, [...]

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