Australia: Communications department flags idea of tying telco licences to cyber capability

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, and Communications has run up the flagpole the idea of inserting security provisions into the Telecommunications Act to require telcos to safeguard their systems as a condition of their licence to operate. Writing Read More …

Australia’s critical infrastructure definition to span communications, data storage, space

The federal government on Monday published an exposure draft on the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020. It seeks to amend the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018 to implement “an enhanced framework to uplift the security and resilience Read More …

Vienna terror suspect wore a fake suicide vest and was IS sympathiser, minister says

Two men and two women have died in a terror attack in Vienna and 15 others, including a police officer, have been seriously injured. Seven of the victims are in a life-threatening condition, news agency APA reported. One suspect, who Read More …

Australia reports no new local cases of coronavirus for first time in five months

Australia has recorded no new locally transmitted coronavirus infection for the first time in five months. In Melbourne, the capital of Victoria state, which had the highest number of cases in the country, residents were enjoying the first weekend of Read More …

Australia’s COVID-19 hotspot state reports one case after four month city lockdown lifted

Australia’s COVID-19 hotspot state Victoria reported only one new infection on Thursday, a day after it lifted a four month lockdown in the city of Melbourne. Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews said that while there were three positive cases of Read More …

Australia: NSW Police readies for major mainframe digital transformation

Come December, NSW Police will formally kick off the modernisation project of its mainframe, after operating with the same core system for the last 24 years. The project will see NSW Police, together with Unisys and Mark43, replace the force’s Read More …

Cyber must be part of all-hazards national resilience: Home Affairs chief

Cyber resilience needs to be part of a coherent “all vectors and all sectors” approach to national security, according to Mike Pezzullo, Secretary of Australia’s Department of Home Affairs. National security itself also needs to be discussed more broadly, he Read More …

20 Arrests In QQAAZZ Multi-Million Money Laundering Case

An unprecedented international law enforcement operation involving 16 countries has resulted in the arrest of 20 individuals suspected of belonging to the QQAAZZ criminal network which attempted to launder tens of millions of euros on behalf of the world’s foremost Read More …

Australia: Police charge man after firearms, explosives seized at Wellington

A man has been charged with multiple firearm-related offences following the execution of a Firearm Prohibition Order in the state’s Orana Region. About 8.50am on Tuesday 29 September 2020, detectives attached to Orana Mid Western Police District attended a home Read More …