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  1. What’s happened? It’s tax time and the common scam email informing that you’re eligible for a tax refund is doing the rounds again!  Scammers have long used the promise of a tax refund to trick people into sharing their personal information or to...
  2. What’s happened? Scammers have set up a clone of the myGov website to trick you into sharing your login and bank account details. The scam starts with a phishing email that looks like it is from Medicare, asking you to update your Electronic Funds...
  3. What's happened? On Saturday, June 23, 2018, Ticketmaster UK identified malicious software on their network. Early reports indicate a compromise of sensitive personal information within Ticketmaster's database. Does it affect me? Ticketmaster has...
  4. Whats happened? PageUp, a HR company that provides an online platform for staff recruitment for many Australian organisations including businesses and government agencies, has reported a security incident on its computer network. At this stage,...
  5. What's happened? You may have received messages from a number of international brands like Google, Twitter and eBay about updates to their privacy policies and how they use your data. The messages are in response to changes to the European Union’s...
  6. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released its annual Targeting Scams report, as part of Scams Awareness Week. The report reveals that in 2017 Australians lost $340 million to scammers, a $40 million increase compared to...
  7. What's happened? As a precaution, Twitter is urging more than 330 million users to change their password after a glitch left log-in details exposed in the company's internal computer system. When you set a password for your account, Twitter uses...
  8. What’s happened? There have been reports of a recent increase in email scams containing malware, which can take control of your computer or steal your information. The emails contain a link which, if clicked on, downloads and installs a Remote...
  9. What’s happened? The private information of millions of Facebook users across the globe has potentially been used to generate political advertising. Political research firm Cambridge Analytica has been accused of mining the data of 50 million...
  10. What’s happened? The Australian Taxation Office is warning people to beware of scammers impersonating the ATO and demanding Bitcoin or other cryptocurrency as a form of payment for fake tax debts. The ATO has seen over $50,000 paid in Bitcoin to...

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