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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. What's happened? Thousands of websites across the globe have fallen victim to crypto-mining malware, after using a popular web tool designed to help people with vision impairment, dyslexia and low literacy. In crypto-mining, the power and memory of...
  5. What’s happened? The ACCC’s Scamwatch is urging all Australians who made payments to a scammer via Western Union from 2004 to 2017 to take action by 31 May to claim your money back. Examples of tricks the scammers used included: online or internet...
  6. The German government has issued an alert saying malicious emails are being sent out, impersonating their federal security and IT office and infecting computers with malware. There are concerns similar spam emails could be sent to Australians. Why...
  7. Last week we reported on Intel, ARM and AMD processor vulnerabilities that could allow cybercriminals to steal personal data from computer systems. Now researchers have discovered a new flaw that affects devices using Intel’s Active Management...
  8. You may have noticed reports in the media about Intel, ARM and AMD processor vulnerabilities that may allow cybercriminals to steal data from your devices. You are advised to download patches as soon as they become available. Hackers find...
  9. You are advised to check you have strong and different passwords for all of your online accounts, following continued reporting that billions of people have had their logins and passwords exposed online.   A large data dump including more than 1.4...
  10. 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...

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