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Confusion grows over Medicare breach

Revelations continue to emerge about the apparent security breach that led to Medicare card numbers of Australians being sold on the ‘dark web’. Picture: AAP GOVERNMENT departments warned staff not to accept Medicare cards as a form of identity proof after reports surfaced that card numbers were being sold on …

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Facebook: Is friend request a scam?

A typical message warning you not to accept Jayden K Smith’s Facebook request. DID you get a friend request from a Jayden K Smith? No, not Will Smith’s son, that would be Jaden Smith. Globally, Facebook and Twitter users have been sent into a frenzy being warned not to accept …

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Anti-encryption push falls flat

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Attorney-General Senator George Brandis and Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin take questions after the anti-encryption policy announcement. Picture: Keri Megelus A PROPOSED new cybersecurity law that forces global technology companies such as Facebook and Google to help police by unscrambling encrypted messages sent by suspected …

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Facebook, Google security at risk

Picture: AFP / Loic Venance. A NEW law proposed to help police monitor criminal activity will force Facebook, WhatsApp and Google to weaken their encryption systems, opening them up to more hackers. The cybersecurity law has been proposed to force global technology companies to unscramble encrypted messages sent by suspected …

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Hillary’s fake news peddler sued

InfoWars host Alex Jones, right, is being sued by yoghurt company Chobani over fake news. Picture: Tamir Kalifa/Austin American-Statesman via AP. GREEK yoghurt giant Chobani has filed a lawsuit against right-wing radio host Alex Jones, accusing the conspiracy theorist of publishing false information about the company. Chobani says that Jones …

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‘Deprive the extremists of safe spaces’

More needs to be done to deprive terrorists of online safe spaces. BRITAIN’S Prime Minister Theresa May has launched a seething attack on internet based services for providing terrorists with a safe space to spread propaganda online. The comments follow Saturday night’s deadly terror attack at London Bridge, which left …

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Porn ID checks to become a reality

Mandatory age checks for porn viewers online are due to begin next year in the UK. THE UK government will introduce compulsory identification checks by April next year to ensure those viewing pornography online are over age 18. UK Digital Minister Matt Hancock signed the commencement of the Digital Economy …

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Hackers target US power stations

US authorities are concerned about a hacking attack which targeted power stations in the country. HACKERS have targeted US nuclear power stations and other energy facilities in recent months. The intrusions happened in May and June and allegedly hit companies including Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation, which operates a nuclear …

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Hackers using your nudes as ransom

Revenge porn is not the only thing you need to worry about with sexting. SMARTPHONE owners have been warned about a scary new piece of “ransomware” designed to send victims’ private photographs to all the contacts in their address book. The tech security firm McAfee has sounded the alarm over …

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Don’t pay this scam energy bill

This bill might look legitimate at first. But it’s far from it. Picture: MailGaurd THIS is one bill you can definitely be forgiven for ignoring. And if you’re an Origin Energy customer, you should look at your online bill with a fine tooth comb because it could be fake. The …

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