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Australian Bureau of Statistics waves a big red flag at a bull (aka hackers)

August 3rd 2016 in safety and privacy on the Internet

The 5 yearly Australian Census is collecting the names and addresses of all Australians (nothing unusual there), matching that information to myriad questions in the Census (again, nothing unusual). However, they are now retaining names and addresses to enable the Census to be linked to other national data for up to four years, instead of just 18 months. AND, whilst previously Australians were allowed to opt-in to having personally identifiable information retained, as of this year, they have no choice.

And, they’re collecting the information online for the first time.

And I’m listening to Senator McCormack on TV right now saying, paraphrased, ‘ABS say they’ve never been hacked and they promise me they won’t be hacked.’

Yes. Really. What a promise to make. Nobody can make such a promise. N.O.B.O.D.Y.

At the same time, BM’s Worldwide Security Solution Architect has stated that Australia’s sensitive census data will be “inevitably” hacked.

Not surprisingly, there is much fear and angst out there, with threats to boycott, people planning to put fake names into their Census answers, and some saying they will order a paper form which they will fill in using a special no-copy blue pen.  There is also commentary that Census legislation doesn’t actually allow for the compulsory collection of names and addresses, because the legislation consistently refers to “statistical information”.

And nothing has been said about protected persons such as people whose names have been removed from the electoral role for security and safety reasons – for example, police or other people whose safety is at real risk for various reasons.

This worries me.


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Cite: https://www.proofpoint.com/us/threat-insight/post/massive-adgholas-malvertising-campaigns-use-steganography-and-file-whitelisting-to-hide-in-plain-sight

The checks that were made to identify infection candidates are especially interesting, going so far as to check for OEM branding.

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