AEC ‘satisfied’ with security risks absorbed ahead of the 2016 election

Full Article : ZDNet – Security – A report from Australia’s Audit Office said the Electoral Commission ditched government IT security frameworks ahead of the election, but the AEC boss told Senate Estimates last … Read more

Sophisticated Android malware spies on smartphones users and runs up their phone bill too

Full Article : ZDNet – Security – RedDrop malware steals data from the device, including live recordings of calls and surroundings, as well as files, photos, messages, contacts and more – all while charging … Read more

Digital Transformation Agency wants its cybersecurity team back

Full Article : ZDNet – Security – The DTA’s CEO Gavin Slater has told Senate Estimates he ‘absolutely’ wants the capability back in-house, after a machinery of government change removed the cybersecurity team from … Read more

Australian decryption legislation will not undermine ‘legitimate encryption’: Home Affairs

Full Article : ZDNet – Security – Calling government proposals to seek decryption of communications a “backdoor” is a cartoon-like assumption, according to Secretary of the Department of Home Affairs Michael Pezzullo.

US border officials haven’t properly verified visitor passports for more than a decade

Full Article : ZDNet – Security – E-passports contain a cryptographic hash of a passport holders’ details, designed to make it almost impossible to forge a travel document or steal someone’s identity.

Hackers are selling legitimate code-signing certificates to evade malware detection

Full Article : ZDNet – Security – Code-signed apps are harder to detect by network security appliances, making it easier to sneak malware onto a vulnerable system. The downside? Certificates aren’t cheap — and … Read more