Full coverage: AusCERT 2006

Full coverage: AusCERT 2006

Summary: Australia's annual IT security show wraps up on the Gold Coast.

update An annual survey coordinated by the Australian Computer Emergency Response Team (AusCERT), and compiled in partnership with the Australian High Tech Crime Centre, the Federal Police and various state police forces, has revealed that 22 percent of organisations experienced an electronic attack over the past year, down from 35 percent in the 2005 survey and 49 percent the year before.

Results of the survey and more were unveiled at the Asia-Pacific IT Security Conference, organised by AusCERT, in Queensland.

  • ISPs accused of ignoring botnet invasion
    Internet Service Providers are in the perfect position to kill vast armies of compromised computers -- or bots -- that are being used by cyber-criminals to launch the majority of spam and phishing attacks, according security specialists at the AusCERT 2006 conference.
  • eBay security chief slams online crime 'hype'
    The head of eBay Australia's IT security has slammed the wider security community for making it difficult for users to learn about using the Internet safely, because they sensationalise online crimes and keep changing the names of potential threats.
  • Antivirus software 'is being defeated'
    According to the results of the AusCERT 2006 computer crime survey, even though 98 percent of companies used an antivirus product, almost half of them experienced a virus infection over the past year.
  • Microsoft considers taking admin rights from employees
    As Microsoft moves its internal desktop systems to Windows Vista, the company is contemplating whether to change a long running tradition and take away admin rights from its employees in order to improve security.
  • Public sector under attack from ID thieves
    Public sector organisations are being targeted by cybercriminals because their networks can provide rich pickings for identity thieves, according to a survey coordinated by the Australian Computer Emergency Response Team (AusCERT).
  • AusCERT sees decline in electronic attacks
    Over the past year there were significantly fewer electronic attacks than over the previous 12 months, according to the latest version of an annual survey coordinated by the Australian Computer Emergency Response Team (AusCERT).
  • Vending machines and printers open network threat
    As common office items such as printers, vending machines and lifts become more advanced and run embedded operating systems, they could easily create vulnerabilities that are often overlooked by administrators.
  • Trojan attacks spur Microsoft security UI changes
    Microsoft will improve its security user interface to help clamp down on Trojan-based cyber-attacks, the company's product security manager says.

Topics: Security, E-Commerce, Government, Malware, Microsoft, AUSCERT, Windows

Munir Kotadia

About Munir Kotadia

Munir first became involved with online publishing in 1998 when he joined ZDNet UK and later moved into print publishing as Chief Reporter for IT Week, part of ZDNet UK, a weekly trade newspaper targeted at Enterprise IT managers. He later moved back into online publishing as Senior News Reporter for ZDNet UK.

Munir was recognised as Australia's Best Technology Columnist at the 5th Annual Sun Microsystems IT Journalism Awards 2007. In the previous year he was named Best News Journalist at the Consensus IT Writers Awards.

He no longer uses his Commodore 64.

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  • Security

    Thanks for this informative post! You make a great case for more careful security and it looks as if awareness is growing. Unfortunately it seems that the more secure we become the more communication freedoms we have to give up... have you noticed that... and do you see a change in that direction over the coming decade...

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