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  1. Australian businesses and other organisations are being warned to check their databases are secure after reports that millions of people have had their personal details exposed due to an insecure database. Researchers from the security firm...
  2. The update addresses a serious security vulnerability that, in certain circumstances, could enable an attacker to gain full access to your Mac and everything on it without a password. Apple has advised that users of macOS Sierra 10.12.6 and earlier...
  3. Smartphones are the one thing we can’t leave home without. They’re our diary, wallet, map and so much more. But how secure is your phone? Malicious apps can compromise your security no matter what type of phone you have. Where you download apps...
  4. In light of recent publicity about the potential threat of Bad Rabbit ransomware, it’s important to be aware that some longstanding ransomware threats are periodically circulated to Australian internet users. Currently malicious emails are being...
  5. Scammers are good at recycling tried and true techniques to trick you into providing personal information. But there is one that is particularly popular at the moment. Stay Smart Online has recently seen a spate of phishing (spam) emails with PDF...
  6. This means attackers could steal sensitive information such as credit card numbers, passwords, photos, chat messages and emails.The vulnerability, which is being called KRACK (key reinstallation attacks), affects all Wi-Fi connected devices...
  7. These widely circulated fake emails look convincing at first glance, but the subject line ‘Your info about violation is now public’ does not sound official. Clues that this is a scam email include that it is not personally addressed, there are no...
  8. Update: Similar malware emails which claim to be from the AFP and ‘AFP support’ are also being distributed. It is very likely this email malware campaign will expand to target other brands, organisations and file-sharing services over coming days,...
  9. The first method uses a fake email that claims to be from eBay, with a common subject line ‘Your invoice for eBay purchases (098871971234567#)’. The ‘click’ link leads to a web page designed to download ransomware onto your computer. The invoice...
  10. The email addresses of 711 million people have been published online, and include those of 12.5 million Australians. The personal data has been dumped on a server called Onliner Spambot, which since 2016 has been used to spread malware to steal...

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