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Cyber security


What personal data do scammers want from you (and how will they use it)?

From credit card details to your email address and date of birth, there’s plenty of personal information that could be used to scam you, if it falls into the wrong hands.

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  • John Davidson

Worried about getting hacked? Here are the latest extortion methods

As pernicious as the Optus data breach is, companies face even greater threats from hackers as they find more sophisticated ways to profit from crime.

  • Sally Patten

Optus is paying for credit checks. Here’s how to get yours for free

Some Optus customers whose data was stolen will get credit checks paid for by the telco. But anyone can use these free services to check for fraudulent activity.

  • Alexandra Pryor


Government overhauls rules for banks to fight fraud after Optus attack

The transfer of customer data to banks are expected to focus on customers most at risk of having their identity stolen.

  • Andrew Tillett

Business, cyber experts call for urgent rules to keep products safe

Business and cyber experts say regulations are needed so boards understand their obligations to ensure products and services are secure.

  • Tom Burton

‘Dangerous combination’: boards asleep on cyber risk

Just 52 per cent of Australian respondents believed their company was at risk of a material cyberattack in the next 12 months, a survey taken before the Optus hack shows.

  • Lucas Baird

Banks ‘cyber mature’ but remain top target for scammers

Australian and New Zealand financial services and adjacent sectors accounted for 30 per cent of cyber extortion attacks observed by CyberCX. This compares to just 11 per cent in IT and telecommunications.

  • Max Mason

This Month

Optus says it has ‘heard the feedback’ as Shorten turns up heat

Optus says it has listened to increased criticism about its communication with customers and will lift its game after Government Services Minister Bill Shorten continued the attack on the telco’s handling of its huge data breach.

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  • Paul Smith

‘You can’t just flick a switch’: small business fears new data laws

The government has awoken to the perils of businesses possessing so much data, but COSBOA warns small operators can’t afford the same protection as big companies.

  • Paul Smith

Government pushes for digital identity system after Optus hack

Finance Minister Katy Gallagher has called together all the digital ministers to kick-start the rollout of a national identity system.

  • Tess Bennett and John Davidson

Optus breach was huge, but companies lose our data all the time

Freedom of information requests reveal there were at least 11 data breaches affecting 10,000 people or more people in just the first six months of this year.

  • John Davidson

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

Improved cyber, digital skills and climate tech would reap $56.7b

Embracing digital technologies could help Australia gain up to $56.7 billion in annual economic value by 2030, according to a new report.

  • Gus McCubbing

Review cybersecurity for consumer data right: report

Time should be taken to mature the consumer data right before expanding it beyond banking, a Treasury-commissioned review has found.

  • Tom Burton

Optus chief calls for a ‘united front’, says attacks premature

She is frustrated by the Albanese government’s barbs after two ministers called a press conference to accuse the telco of failing to co-operate with requests.

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  • Lucas Baird

Focus on cybersecurity as Australia slips down UN digital rankings

A new focus on trust and security will be the Albanese government’s priority for online services, rather than chasing lofty international goals.

  • Tom Burton

Telcos on high alert for SIM-jacking amid Optus breach fallout

Telstra and TPG Telecom are on high alert for criminals looking to steal phone numbers of victims of the Optus data breach.

  • Max Mason

Optus not co-operating on breached data: Labor

Government agency Services Australia is still waiting for the telco to provide information about lost Medicare, Centrelink and concession card data.

  • Tom McIlroy and Max Mason


Business lobby rejects ‘data hoarding’ accusation after Optus breach

Businesses face the prospect of a mass purge of customer data under an overhaul of privacy laws.

  • Andrew Tillett and Lucas Baird

Optus’ ‘opaque’ Singapore owner faces scrutiny over hacking attack

Corporate governance experts say the conduct of the company’s Singaporean parent and its 12-member board has not faced proper scrutiny.

  • Lucas Baird and Mark Di Stefano