The Office of the Australian Information Commission (OAIC) has confirmed it won’t hold organisations accountable for the exposure of personal information when accessed via a cyber attack, as long as the Office is satisfied with the level of security in place within the targeted systems.
New privacy rules strengthening the enforcement power of the OAIC come into effect in 12 March 2014.
The United States police investigation into the Silk Road marketplace has seen a Brisbane man arrested by Australian Federal Police on allegations of violating American narcotics laws.
In the indictment filed at the New York southern district court, US authorities allege that 40-year-old Peter Philip Nash was the primary moderator on Silk Road discussion forums.
New slides leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal that the Australian government was willing to share vast amounts of uncensored data that it collected on its citizens with a number of other countries around the world.
The slides from April 2008, first reported by The Guardian, show the willingness of the Australian government, through the Australian Signals Directorate, to hand over large amounts of metadata on its citizens to the other governments of the Five Eyes group — the United States, Canada, Britain, and New Zealand.
Indonesian hackers are targeting Australian police and other government agencies' websites as payback for spying on their president but no critical police information has been compromised.
The hacking group called BlackSinChan is reportedly acquiring and publishing encrypted passcodes of some Australian websites, leaving a message on one site "This is the payback for Spying Indonesia!"
Entities using the name and iconography of Anonymous (EUTNAIOA) and claiming to be the Indonesian branch of the movement have accused entities using the name and iconography of Anonymous and claiming to be the Australian branch of the movement of attacks on Indonesia's national airline Garuda and other hostile actions.