An April ransomware attack against one of Australia's largest law firms swept up the data of 65 Australian government agencies, the country's national cybersecurity coordinator said Monday. The Russian-speaking Alphv hacking group claimed responsibility earlier this year for hacking HWL Ebsworth.
TikTok executives were unable to answer Liberal senator and chair of the committee James Paterson when he questioned them on how many times Australian user data had been accessed by TikTok staff in China, but the executives admitted it had happened.
A French conglomerate will buy Australia's largest publicly traded cybersecurity company to expand its cyber service delivery capability in the high-growth Oceania market. The Tesserent deal will help Thales to accelerate its development road map and boost its footprint in Australia and New Zealand.
Australian non-bank lender Latitude Financial said it will not pay a ransom demand from extortionists behind the theft of 14 million customers' data. Australian Minister for Home Affairs Clare O'Neil called Latitude's decision "consistent with Australian government advice."
Australian personal lending provider Latitude Financial Services disclosed to regulators on Thursday hacking incidents affecting more than 300,000 consumers. "Sophisticated" hackers made off with nearly 103,000 driver's licenses and an additional 225,000 "customer records," the company said.
The Australian government says it will centralize its approach to securing federal agencies by appointing a coordinator to head the new National Office for Cyber Security within the Department of Home Affairs. The appointment comes after back-to-back major data breaches.
In the wake of recent cyberthreats aimed at Australia's critical infrastructure, the country has adopted a new risk management program to strengthen its resilience and security in these key sectors. The new rules will help businesses prepare for, prevent and mitigate emerging threats.
Australia's Department of Defense will rip out cameras made by Chinese manufacturers Hikvision and Dahua while the government considers whether to ban their use across all federal agencies. Chinese-made technology has come suspicious internationally for alleged influence by Chinese intelligence.
Microsoft blamed an internal network configuration change for outages that disrupted access to Microsoft 365 services, including Microsoft Teams and Outlook, for users around the world. The change has been rolled back and additional infrastructure added to speed restoration, it says.
Australia started operating an international ransomware task force to facilitate information sharing and best practices worldwide. “Recent cyber incidents in Australia and around the globe are a stark reminder of the insidious nature of ransomware," said Minister for Home Affairs Clare O'Neil.
Three Australian law firms teamed up in a bid to have private health insurer Medibank pay victims of a data breach caused by Russian ransomware hackers up to $20,000 per person. Hackers late last year staged data leaks of stolen medical treatment data to maximize humiliation.
The Vice Society ransomware group today claimed responsibility for a December 2022 attack on an Australian state fire department that led to a widespread IT outage. Fire Rescue Victoria warned current and former employees and job applicants of data leak.
Australian Home Affairs and Cyber Security Minister Clare O'Neil vowed during a speech to transform the country into the world's most cyber-secure, saying experts will start work on a strategy intended to outdo the rest of the world by 2030. The country has recently experienced a data breach wave.
The Russia-based ransomware gang behind the hack of Australia's largest private health insurer says it posted a full set of stolen data. The Australian Information Commissioner said it will probe the insurer's personal information handling practices.
An Australian nonprofit children's charity warned about 80,000 donors of the compromise of their credit card and personal information resulting from a recent hacking incident. The Smith Family says the hacker failed to steal any charity funds but did manage to access donor data.