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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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....
  5. 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....
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. What's happened? Watch out for the latest scam doing the rounds. Scammers are impersonating a well-known company to try to convince you to give them access to your computer and your online bank account. ScamWatch has seen a recent spike in these...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...

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