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Optus hack shows data breaches are digital asbestos for business

Government must wield a bigger stick to send a market signal about privacy. But we should avoid the compliance-centred reform path that rarely works.

  • Alastair MacGibbon

This Month

Australia, US urged to counter China ‘fake news’ strategy in Pacific

China has been accused of conducting a co-ordinated public information strategy in the Solomon Islands to “spread lies” about Australia and the US.

  • Jacob Greber

The four fallacies that mean sovereign capability won’t work

Making semiconductors locally sounds reassuring at a time of global supply chain challenges. But in the modern world of complex and interdependent manufacturing it’s an empty promise.

  • Adam Triggs and Shiro Armstrong

Inside a Myanmar Coup botnet that blasted US Army Facebook

In a sign that Russian bot operators were training for operations elsewhere, the US Army Facebook page was bombarded by comments calling for US support in Myanmar.

  • Max Mason


O’Neil declined meeting with TikTok amid data concerns

The home affairs minister rejected an invitation to meet the social media giant’s global chief counsel, offering to send a departmental official instead.

  • Max Mason

US to send more HIMARS rockets in $1.7b Ukraine weapons aid

The White House announced more military equipment, but it could take a year or two for Ukraine to get the 18 new long-range rocket systems.

  • Matthew Lee and Lolita Baldor

The WWI battlefield visit that brought Richard Marles to tears

The defence minister’s grandfather was decorated for gallantry in World War I. On a recent visit to France, he found himself in the field where his grandfather’s courage helped win the war.

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  • Matthew Drummond

Russia announces win in ‘sham’ Ukraine referendum vote

The preordained outcome sets the stage for a dangerous new phase in Russia’s seven-month war, with the Kremlin ready to throw more troops into the battle.

  • Adam Schreck and Jon Gambrell

Russians run and hide from Putin’s zealous draft officials

The scale of the resistance represents the biggest challenge to Vladimir Putin since the war in Ukraine started.

  • Max Seddon

Russia admits draft problems as anger mounts

The Kremlin has tried to shift blame to the local authorities carrying out the military mobilisation among resistant civilians across the country.

  • Valerie Hopkins, Shashank Bengali and Alan Yuhas

Where there is a will, there is a way to repair China relations

China and Australia remain deadlocked in trade war. But there is a step-by-step means for both parties to climb down gracefully.

  • Geoff Raby

Ukraine warns of Russia’s growing deadly drone attacks

As Moscow’s arsenal has been depleted during its months-long war in Ukraine, it has turned to Iran for weapons.

  • Marc Santora

US warns of ‘catastrophic’ results for Russia on nuclear threat

US national security adviser Jake Sullivan said the US would respond decisively to any Russian use of nuclear weapons against Ukraine.

  • Tom Balmforth

Russia shakes up defence leadership after retreat

A top general has been sacked from his post and President Vladimir Putin is taking a more direct role in advancing the war in Ukraine.

  • Valerie Hopkins

East Timor faces ‘fiscal cliff’ without gas project, IMF warns

East Timor’s political leaders want local onshore gas processing to boost employment and broader economic development.

  • John Kehoe

Trussonomics revolutionises the tax, debt, growth conversation

The Conservative government’s radical mini-budget reflects new prime minister Liz Truss’ conviction that the economic orthodoxy of the past 20 or 30 years has not worked.

  • Alexander Downer

Optus hack is the new norm

The massive data breach could have happened to any Australian business. Every organisation and citizen has a responsibility to address their own cyber security.

  • Marcus Thompson

Putin fires top Russian general over war logistics

The general in charge of Russia’s faltering logistics operation in Ukraine has been “transferred”, as pro-Kremlin media criticised Vladimir Putin’s draft.

  • Kevin Liffey

‘Significant progress’ in Australia getting nuclear-powered sub

On the one-year anniversary of AUKUS, the three nations say they have made ‘significant strides’ in other areas, including hypersonic weapons.

  • Reuters

Fear and fury as Putin imposes draft in Russia

Thousands of Russians across the country received draft papers for the war in Ukraine and some were being marched to buses and planes for training.

  • Anton Troianovski, Valerie Hopkins, Ivan Nechepurenko and Alina Lobzina