Tag: Australia Cyber Security Centre

Cyber Onslaught on Australia Continues as Major University Falls Victim to Ransomware Attack

Cyber attackers have struck Australia again, with one of Australia’s top universities, the Queensland University of Technology, announcing a ransomware attack has hit them. At present, the university notes that there is no evidence any private data was stolen. The university has shut down its IT systems as a precaution, and students have been warned…


Cybercrime Reports Surge as Cyberspace Turns Into a ‘Battleground,’ Report Shows

Cybercrime is on the rise, with over 76,000 cybercrime reports in the 2021-22 year, a jump of nearly 13 percent from the previous period. This is equivalent to one report every eight minutes, compared to every seven minutes in the last financial year, says the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) in its annual cyber threat…


Australia Imposes First Magnitsky Sanctions

Australia has announced it will sanction 14 Russians involved in the corruption uncovered by Sergei Magnitsky and those complicit in his subsequent mistreatment and death in the first use of the country’s new Magnitsky-styled laws. In a media release on March 29, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said this first tranche of sanctions would be…


Hackers Minutes Away From Crippling Australian Electrical Grid

Up to three million Australian homes were minutes away from losing power after a major energy network was hit by a ransomware attack from hackers in November. Queensland’s CS Energy was subjected to a sustained ransomware attack on Nov. 27, in what the chief executive officer has described as a worryingly accelerating trend. The attack…