Stay Smart Online

18
Jan

773 million email accounts worldwide affected by Collection #1 breach

What’s happened? The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is aware of a significant data breach affecting 773 million email addresses and usernames.   Titled ‘Collection #1’, the data breach was made public by Australian cyber security expert Troy Hunt, who identified that a large collection of email addresses, hashed and plaintext passwords had been distributed on a known hacking forum.

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5
Dec

Alert Priority HIGH: Data breach of public Q&A forum website Quora

5 December 2018 What’s happened? Online question-and-answer website Quora has been impacted by a security incident, with an unauthorised third party gaining access to the data of approximately 100 million users. Quora is a Q&A platform where you can ask a question and get answers from other users, or answer other user’s questions with your own knowledge. Quora posts quizzes on social

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21
Nov

Alert Priority HIGH: Beware of fake SMS messages pretending to be from Medicare

        21 November 2018 What’s happened? Watch out for fake SMS text messages pretending to be from Medicare. These are phishing messages that encourage you to click through to a website and provide personal information to claim a rebate. These fake messages are being sent out in large numbers and are trying to steal your sensitive personal details

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10
Oct

Stay Smart Online Week 2018

Stay Smart Online Week 2018 6.09 million Australians were hit by cybercrime last year.* It is Stay Smart Online Week and you might have noticed things look a little different! We have reversed our website to black and white for the week to draw attention to cyber security. Many of our partners, which include some of Australia’s biggest organisations, have

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5
Oct

50 Million Facebook accounts hacked on 28th September – Change your password NOW!

It’s time to change your password again! The shocking report comes as Facebook is in the grips of a major identity theft crisis in which criminals exploited a bug giving them access to 50 million user accounts. The latest attack hasn’t just impacted the social network, but many other sites as well. On Friday evening, Facebook revealed that hackers had gained access

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28
Sep

Be aware of requests to make tax payments via unusual methods

  The ATO will never threaten you with arrest if you don’t pay a debt immediately. Call your financial institution immediately if you have given your bank or credit card details to a scammer. Most big banks will cover any loss if someone makes an unauthorised transaction on your account, as long as you have protected your client number and

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31
Aug

Southern Downs Community to share ideas on $1M in funding at Drought Relief Forums

The community is being called upon to put forward its ideas on how $1 million in Federal Government funding is best spent to benefit the Southern Downs in the face of drought. Drought Relief Forums will be hosted by Southern Downs Regional Council at Warwick Town Hall on 11 September and Stanthorpe Civic Centre on 14 September 2018. Earlier this month, the Federal Government

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1
Aug

Be Connected for every Australian online

  Be connected is an Australian wide initiative empowering, all Australians to thrive in a digital world. We have on-line learning resources as well as a Network of community partners – GraniteNet is also part of this wonderful program. We are one of the networks that you can join up to. Be Connected can help you: Learn the basics and

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20
Jul

Don’t give away too much about yourself online..

Don’t give away too much about yourself More and more quizzes, games and surveys are popping up on social media. They may seem harmless, but taking these quizzes might mean you are giving away more about yourself than you originally thought. These quizzes ask seemingly innocent questions, such as “What was your first job?”, “What is your favourite pet’s name?”

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16
Jun

Do you really need a VPN, and why scaremongering is being used by mass media advertising.

A friend of mine recently said to me; “If you cannot do something honestly, then perhaps you need to find another way”. Apparently the big VPN companies have not heard of that, with nearly 50% being on board with big data moguls, and the mere few that act interdependently, all of which are required by law to give up your

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