Security 2013 Exhibition & Conference

The 28th Annual Security Exhibition & Conference commences this week in Sydney and will run from Wednesday 24th – Friday 26th July. Featuring conference speakers from around the world and over 150 leading suppliers, this is a must attend event. – Read more

 

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Former CIA and NSA head says Huawei spies for China

By Phil Muncaster, 19th July 2013

Michael Hayden, a former head of the CIA and the NSA, has openly accused Chinese networking giant Huawei of spying for China in a move likely to further inflame tensions between the US and China over state-sponsored hacking.

Retired four star general Hayden told the Australian Financial Review that “at a minimum, Huawei would have shared with the Chinese state intimate and extensive knowledge of the foreign telecommunications systems it is involved with. I think that goes without saying.” Read more

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Syrian Electronic Army hacks into Viber database

The Syrian Electronic Army sent out a warning over Twitter earlier Tuesday that said, “If you have ‘Viber’ app installed we advise you to delete it.” The hacking group was claiming responsibility for both breaching Viber’s database and defacing its Web site, according to The Hacker News. Right after the breach, Viber’s support page on its Web site displayed a banner that said “Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army” and a note that said “Dear All Viber Users, the Israeli-based ‘Viber’ is spying and tracking you.” As of this writing, the banner is … Read more

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New Federal Privacy Laws

In recent weeks, we have been getting a lot of questions from our clients about impacts of the new privacy laws, so we thought we would share it with you all. Essentially, last November the Privacy Amendment Bill was passed, which comes into effect in March 2014. The impact of the bill being passed is that it means from March 2014, Australia will only have one set of privacy laws, called the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs), which will also include Australian Government agencies and the Private Sector. Read more

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Chemical Security Awareness Initiative

The Australian Government has recently launched an initiative to raise awareness of chemicals of security concern, targeted towards the general public and first responders. The initiative is designed to provide information that will help build greater awareness of chemical security and increase the likelihood that members of the community will identify and report suspicious behaviour to the relevant authorities. Further information about the initiative can be found here

 

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Obama Taps Dempsey, Winnefeld as Chairman, Vice Chairman

President Barack Obama announced his choices as chairman and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during a Rose Garden ceremony today.

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Mullen: Pakistan Leaders Want to Cooperate With U.S.

Navy Adm. Mike Mullen today said he came away from his recent meeting with Pakistani leaders convinced of their commitment to work with the United States on security, intelligence and development.

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South Africa’s Zuma in Libya to Try to Broker Cease-Fire

South African President Jacob Zuma is in Libya to try to broker a cease-fire between the government of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and rebels fighting to oust him.

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Violence On Three Fronts In Yemen After Government Crackdown

Violence has been reported on three fronts in Yemen today, with government troops firing on demonstrators in the southern city of Taiz, militants battling government troops in the restive province of Abyan, and clashes reported in the northern part of the capital, Sanaa.

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Activists: Syrian Crackdown Kills 14 Civilians

Syrian rights activists say a military crackdown on opposition protesters in central Syria has killed at least 14 civilians since Sunday.

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