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Three former American intelligence operatives have agreed to pay a fine of US$1.685 million (A$2.3 million) as part of a deferred prosecution agreement that places conditions on their future employment, after they were found to be working for a hacking company that carried out operations for the UAE Government.

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ANALYSIS The Australian Federal Police appears to have provided the best possible argument for not passing federal bills that seek to enhance its powers, following the provision of details about using existing Australian encryption laws to read the encrypted messages of criminal gangs and take them down.

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An Israeli company that makes software for breaking into mobile devices including iPhones, has been publicly shamed by cryptographer Moxie Marlinspike, the creator of the Signal messaging app, who exposed poor security in the software which the company uses.

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Once more, the unsupported allegation that Chinese telecoms provider Huawei Technologies was up to no good in some country's network has been aired, this time, by the Guardian.

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The FBI has intervened to clean up the mess left by attacks on on-premise Microsoft Exchange Server installations after obtaining court orders to access hundreds of vulnerable machines in the US and remove Web shells.

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A Republican senator from Ohio has criticised the US Government over taking more than three months to say who was accountable for not stopping the SolarWinds supply chain attack that first came to light in December 2020.

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Law enforcement authorities in France and Ukraine have joined forces to arrest a number of people in Ukraine who were using the Windows Egregor ransomware to make money.

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Claims that servers, built by US company Super Micro Computer — known as Supermicro — have been tampered with and found to be sending data to China for many years, have been aired again by the news agency Bloomberg, nearly two years after it made similar claims that were short on proof.

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A malicious attacker was able to gain access to the water treatment plant in Oldsmar, a city in Pinellas County, Florida, and increased the concentration of sodium hydroxide to what the county sheriff Bob Gualtieri described as a "dangerous level".

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Veteran security researcher Chester Wisniewski says the takedown of the Emotet botnet is to be welcomed but notes that the primary Emotet operators were not apprehended, which meant that they would rebuild new infrastructure and go back to business as usual.

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The FBI has taken down the site of the Windows ransomware NetWalker on the dark web and also arrested a Canadian who was using the malware for attacking companies.

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A cryptocurrency stash worth nearly US$1 billion (A$1.37 billion) has been seized by American federal authorities on Tuesday and court action has been launched seeking forfeiture of the cache.

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One has often lamented the fact that the Australian Labor Party decided to jettison the only politician in its midst who actually knew something about technology, namely Ed Husic, from its front bench, for solely political reasons.

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The US has charged six Russians, all officers in Unit 74455 of the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate or GRU, of participating in intrusion of computer systems in a number of countries.

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Singapore-based Russian security firm Group-IB has placed itself squarely in the crosshairs of the US Government by revealing exhaustive details about an alleged criminal and thus forcing American law enforcement to drop its objection to making details of a sealed indictment against the man public.

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The Australian Government appears to have decided to outsource its cyber security strategy to the US, calling in the former US secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, to play a role in drafting the country's 2020 strategy in what seems to be admission of a longstanding cultural cringe and also an indictment of all the Australian cyber security professionals.

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American politicians, who are trying to stop legislation by the government to place obstacles in the way of companies using end-to-end encryption, are seeking information about the subversion of encryption at Juniper Networks in 2015.

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Privacy is paramount but not total, because there is a balance between privacy and security, ASIO chief Mike Burgess claims, adding that "under the rule of law when appropriate warrants are in place, law enforcement or ASIO should be able to get access to something".

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A measure of how much the coronavirus pandemic has spooked people can be gauged from the lack of any outcry over the plans announced by Google and Apple for developing technology that can be used for contact-tracing.

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