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  1. What’s happened? The Australian Cyber Security Centre is aware of widespread abuse of a security vulnerability (called BlueKeep) that affects older versions of Windows operating systems including Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows XP, Server 2003...
  2. What’s happened? Tax time is here, and we see a surge in scammers impersonating trusted brands like myGov or the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to trick you into giving them money or personal details. These scams can come through as emails, text...
  3. What’s happened? Members of the public have reported receiving scam emails that appear to come from their own email account, threatening to reveal intimate images of them unless they pay a fee. This email scam is widespread, with the Australian...
  4. What’s happened? Australian Android users are warned not to download mobile apps from third party app stores following reports of malware known as ‘Agent Smith’ infecting 25 million Android devices globally. How it works Android devices are...
  5. What’s happened? There are reports of Australians losing millions of dollars through fake investment products sold by scammers. These scammers also convince Australians to hand over personal information for identity theft. How the scam works The...
  6. What’s happened? Scammers are targeting Australian jobseekers to steal their personal information and trick them into transferring money to criminals, by posting fake employment ads on jobseeker websites like Seek, Jora and Indeed. How the scam...
  7. What’s happened? Microsoft has released a software update to fix a security flaw in some older versions of Windows including Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2. The update addresses a vulnerability that attackers may use to gain...
  8. What’s happened? WhatsApp users are urged to update their WhatsApp app with the latest software update. The update was released this week to address a security vulnerability that could allow a cybercriminal to remotely install surveillance software...
  9. What’s happened? Telephone scams – where people pretend to be from a reputable organisation to try to get access to your computer and your bank account – are a constant threat. We are aware of a telephone scam where people call pretending to be...
  10. What’s happened? The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has reported an increase in the number of scammers contacting members of the public pretending to be from the ATO.   The scammers are sending pre-recorded messages claiming that you have a debt...

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