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Australia targeted by ‘sophisticated’ cyber attack – by ‘state-based’ actor

Australia targeted by ‘sophisticated’ cyber attack – by ‘state-based’ actor

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Australia is currently the target of a "sophisticated" cyber attack - and an unnamed foreign government is behind it.Scott Morrison, the country's prime minister, says the attacks have targeted all levels of the government - as well as political organisations, essential service providers and operators of other critical infrastructure. "We know it is a sophisticated state-based cyber actor because of the scale and nature of the targeting," he said at a news conference. Image: Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison has stopped short of naming the country responsible Mr Morrison has stopped short of naming the country responsible for this "malicious" activity, but warned: "There are not a large number of state-based actors that can en...
Travelex boss breaks silence 17 days after cyber attack

Travelex boss breaks silence 17 days after cyber attack

Business
The boss of Travelex has broken his silence about a cyber attack that forced its staff to use pen and paper and halted travel money sales at some banks and supermarkets.The firm has released a number of short statements since cyber criminals held the firm to ransom on 31 December.But in a video message on the firm's website, boss Tony D'Souza said the IT system used by in-store staff was working again.However, other systems remain offline.In a scripted video that was uploaded to a backup Travelex website, Mr D'Souza said the company had taken its systems down after the cyber attack on New Year's Eve. Travelex customer: My money is in limbo Banks stop currency service after Travelex attack However, while he said the system used by...
UK’s cyber security chief to step down next year

UK’s cyber security chief to step down next year

Technology
The head of Britain's frontline defence against cyber attack warned the challenge of securing technology will become ever more complex as it was revealed he will step down next year.Ciaran Martin, 45, will leave the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in the summer, almost four years after founding the organisation, the government said on Friday evening. It said his decision to move on had been a "long-standing" plan."It has been the privilege of a lifetime to set up the NCSC and lead its brilliant people," Mr Martin, a career civil servant, said in a statement."When we created the NCSC we set out to achieve something truly special, and I hope and believe we are leaving UK cyber security in much better shape. Advertisement ...
Chinese state ‘likely’ linked to cyber spies targeting human rights workers

Chinese state ‘likely’ linked to cyber spies targeting human rights workers

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By Alexander J Martin, technology reporter, Deborah Haynes, foreign affairs editor A cyber spy group "likely" linked to the Chinese state has targeted human rights campaigners working on issues about the country for up to five years, a new report claims.The espionage group, dubbed Bronze President, deployed malware against its alleged victims to monitor their activities and steal documents, according to the assessment released on Sunday by Secureworks, a US-based cyber security company. One of the alleged targets is understood to be a human rights group that has raised concerns about the treatment of hundreds of thousands of Uighur and other Muslim minorities in China. It has also written about pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong. ...

Cyber attack forces RavnAir to cancel flights in Alaska

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 RavnAir flights has canceled at least a dozen flights Saturday in Alaska following what the company described as “a malicious cyber attack” on its computer networkByThe Associated PressDecember 21, 2019, 10:09 PM1 min readANCHORAGE, Alaska -- RavnAir canceled at least a dozen flights in Alaska on Saturday — at the peak of holiday travel — following what the company described as “a malicious cyber attack” on its computer network. The cancellations affected around 260 passengers, company spokeswoman Debbie Reinwand told the Anchorage Daily News. The regional carrier canceled all flights involving its Dash 8 aircraft until noon "because the cyber attack forced us to disconnect our Dash 8 maintenance system and its back-up,” the company said in a written statement. It wasn’t i