Australia’s controversial anti-encryption bill passes into law

The Australian government has passed the controversial Access and Assistance Bill 2018 into law. Since it gives authorities the right to demand access to encrypted forms of communication and to slap companies that refuse to cooperate with fines up to $7.3 million, it prompted Read More …

Australian defence contractor Austal hit by data breach

Australian prime defence contractor and shipbuilder Austal informed [PDF] the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) of a data breach after the market closed on Thursday evening. The company said it alerted “stakeholders” who were potentially hit by the breach, but said no information Read More …

Coming soon: Better collaboration, sharing with U.S. allies, IC CIO Sherman says

The U.S. intelligence community is working to improve collaboration and communication with its Five Eyes allies and beyond. Intelligence community CIO John Sherman plans “in just a couple weeks” to convene CIOs from Five Eyes allied nations — Australia, Canada, New Read More …

APT10 Under Close Scrutiny as Potentially Linked to Chinese Ministry of State Security

n advanced threat actor has been associated with China’s Ministry of State Security via two individuals and a Chinese firm. Researchers claim that APT10, a likely China-based threat actor, is believed directly connected to the Chinese Ministry of State Security’s Read More …

Five Eyes governments get even tougher on encryption

“The governments of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are committed to personal rights and privacy, and support the role of encryption in protecting those rights,” began a document agreed to last week. Sounds good. Read More …

Australia plans law for tech firms to hand over encrypted private data

Australia on Tuesday proposed a new law requiring technology firms such as Alphabet Inc’s Google, Facebook and Apple to give police access to private encrypted data linked to suspected illegal activities. The measure, which targets platforms the Australian government says Read More …

Cyber Dam Busters could give Australia’s military an asymmetric edge

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has a “distinct battlefield edge” because it has fully integrated its military offensive capability into ADF operations. But a “modest” additional investment would give it “an asymmetric capability against future adversaries”, according to the International Read More …