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Stay Smart Online Alerts service
  1. WhatsApp users are being warned of a scam that could give hackers access to your WhatsApp account and lock you out in the process. WhatsApp is an app for smartphones. It offers a secure messaging service for one-on-one or small group conversations...
  2. What’s happened? The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is aware of a significant data breach affecting 773 million email addresses and usernames. Titled ‘Collection #1’, the data breach was made public by Australian cyber security expert Troy...
  3. What’s happened? Stay Smart Online is aware of bomb threat blackmail emails being sent globally including to Australians and Australian organisations. The emails threaten that a bomb will be detonated in the recipient’s building, unless a ransom...
  4. What’s happened? Online question-and-answer website Quora has been impacted by a security incident, with an unauthorised third party gaining access to the data of approximately 100 million users. Quora is a Q&A platform where you can ask a...
  5. What’s happened? Watch out for fake SMS text messages pretending to be from Medicare. These are phishing messages that encourage you to click through to a website and provide personal information to claim a rebate. These fake messages are being...
  6. What’s happened? Energy provider AGL has warned of a hoax email in circulation with the subject 'AGL electricity bill'. The email includes a bill for electricity with a due date. Does it affect me? Anyone could receive this email, even if you are...
  7. 6.09 million Australians were hit by cybercrime last year.* It is Stay Smart Online Week and you might have noticed things look a little different! We have reversed our website to black and white for the week to draw attention to cyber security....
  8. What's happened? Take a few minutes to check out a new app before you download it. There have been recent media reports of fake apps appearing in the Google Play store earlier this year. The reported fake apps impersonated trusted bank brands....
  9. What's happened? Australians have lost over $224,000 from tax payment scams since June this year, according to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). Beware of requests to make tax payments via unusual methods. Scammers increase activity around tax...
  10. What's happened? E-commerce stores worldwide have been infected with payment skimming malicious software (malware) – called Magentocore.net – which can intercept customers' payment information and send it to cyber criminals. The malware infects...

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