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Misconfiguration caused Google Cloud deletion of UniSuper’s online account

16 May 2024
UniSuper fund members went a week with no access to their superannuation accounts.
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Musk's X Corp loses lawsuit against Israeli data-scraping company

16 May 2024
U.S. District Judge said using scraping tools is not inherently fraudulent, and giving social media companies free rein to decide how public data are used "risks the possible creation of information monopolies that would disserve the public interest."
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Apple apologises after piano crushing ad backlash

16 May 2024
The video was meant to demonstrate how creativity has been compressed into the latest iPad.
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Musk scores win in battle over church stabbing footage

16 May 2024
X had already taken all reasonable steps it could to block the clip from Australian viewers short of removing the footage from everyone globally.
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Stack Overflow and OpenAI partner

16 May 2024
More information from Stack Overflow will appear in ChatGPT, and Stack Overflow will use OpenAI models for its products.
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Zircodata cyber hack

09 May 2024
Hackers access 4,000 sensitive documents from Monash Medical Centre and the electronic profiles of 60,000 Melbourne Polytechnic students.
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New UNESCO report warns social media affects girls’ well-being, learning and career choices

09 May 2024
The report sheds light on how social media amplifies gender stereotypes, with negative effects on girls’ well-being, learning and career choices.
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TikTok's not for sale

03 May 2024
ByteDance has 9 months to divest Tik Tok in America or it will be blocked.
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New rules for Australian telcos

03 May 2024
Industry will also now be required to “provide work plans to the regulator following a major outage, to explain how an impacted telco will mitigate the risk of a similar outage in future”.
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Alphabet surpasses $3 trillion

03 May 2024
The recent announcement by Alphabet about offering dividends and a stock buyback highlights the growing significance of artificial intelligence (AI) for big tech companies.
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AFP traps alleged RAT developer

25 April 2024
An Australian man and a man based in the US will appear in court, following an international investigation into the creation and sale of a global Remote Access Trojan (RAT).
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Google fires employees involved in Israel protest

25 April 2024
Google has just fired 28 employees for protesting against Project Nimbus, a £1.2bn joint contract with Amazon to provide AI cloud services to the Israeli government.
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AI potential to boost Australian economy by $200 billion yearly

25 April 2024
An Australian man and a man based in the US will appear in court, following an international investigation into the creation and sale of a global Remote Access Trojan (RAT).
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X u-turns to comply with Brazil court

19 April 2024
According to a letter witnessed by Reuters, lawyers representing X assured the court that they would comply with all its rulings, as well as those issued by Brazil's top electoral court.
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Taxi Apps sues Uber for launching an unlawful war to crush Australian competition

19 April 2024
Allegedly, Uber arrived on Australia’s shores with a notorious plan to squash the competition, say lawyers. They accused Uber of launching its flagship service, UberX, illegal at the time in Australia, specifically to cripple GoCatch's growth.
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Apple plans financial gains with with AI-centric in-house processors

19 April 2024
As tech giants like Microsoft and Google push forward in AI, Apple is aiming to enhance its products with AI features.
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Microsoft’s free pass from government accountability

19 April 2024
Microsoft divulge in January that foreign government hackers had once again breached its systems.
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Study reveals AI tools hold biases against women and girls

19 April 2024
The study sheds light on the ethical responsibilities of tech companies and governments in developing and using AI without perpetuating stereotypes or violating human rights.
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Hoya halts production after cyber attack

12 April 2024
Japanese lens maker Hoya said the production of several of its products have stopped after system failure caused by a targeting of the company's servers.
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Google tech used in Israel’s genocide

12 April 2024
Amid criticisms and human rights concerns, Google is remaining silent over allegations that its technology was exploited in alleged mass murder campaigns.
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Diabetes WA telehealth service breached

12 April 2024
Diabetes WA has disclosed a data breach affecting people who engaged with its telehealth service.
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US government sues Apple over smartphone market monopoly

04 April 2024
The Department of Justice and 15 state governments accuse Apple of monopolising the smartphone market, leading to higher prices and limited innovation for consumers.
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Australia missing out in AI funding boom

04 April 2024
Market experts warn of a potential bubble in AI-related stocks, with data showing a decline in private market investments.
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Recent Phishing Attacks Target 100+ Organizations in Europe and U.S. with StrelaStealer Malware

28 March 2024
StrelaStealer malware is designed to steal email login data from popular email clients and send it to the attacker's server. This enables threat actors to access victims' email accounts for further malicious activities.
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Federal government reassures Australians that electoral systems are secure

28 March 2024
UK cyber security agency confirms Chinese threat groups targeted electoral systems. Australia reassures public that its electoral systems remain secure
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NSW Government Invests in Mobile Systems for Emergency Wi-Fi Connectivity

21 March 2024
The NSW government is investing in mobile systems to provide wi-fi connectivity to communities impacted by natural disasters. Customer service minister Jihad Dib made the commitment in June 2023.
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Study finds workplace AI, robots, and trackers negatively impact quality of life

21 March 2024
Analysing data from over 6,000 individuals, researchers found that increased use of AI-based software, surveillance devices, and robotics correlates with decreased health and well-being.
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Australian news media pursue payment from Meta for using their content to train AI

21 March 2024
Tech companies like Meta have been training their AI models with vast amounts of online data, including news sources. When questioned about this, a Meta spokesperson declined to comment, citing fair use allowances under US copyright law.
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Users outraged over US sale plan of Tiktok

21 March 2024
Critics argue the bill infringes on free speech and harms millions reliant on TikTok for business and communication.
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US Military Rushes Implementation of AI for Autonomous Weapons

21 March 2024
In Gaza, the Israeli military is utilising robots and remote-controlled dogs in the conflict, with drones and an AI system named The Gospel accelerating target identification and use of force.
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Meta pulls out of Australian news deal

07 March 2024
Albanese government and local media companies prepare for battle with Meta, who plans to cut $70 million yearly payouts to news publishers. Meta's refusal to negotiate new deals hits media giants hard, sparking government action.
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Superloop rejects Aussie Broadband opportunistic offer

07 March 2024
“The board of Superloop has, together with its retained financial and legal advisers, considered the offer and believes that the indicative proposal is opportunistic and fundamentally undervalues Superloop… The board does not intend to engage with ABB [Aussie Broadband] on the indicative proposal.”
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U.K. Home Office breached data protection rules using electronic monitoring devices on migrants

07 March 2024
In summer 2022 the Home Office began a pilot exercise in which about 600 asylum claimants arriving in the UK were fitted with electronic ankle tags enabling their movements to be monitored via GPS.
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Elon Musk Sues OpenAI and CEO Over Mission Deviation

07 March 2024
The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco, claims a breach of contract and demands OpenAI's research and technology be made public, preventing financial gains from Microsoft. Musk alleges a shift from the initial non-profit focus to profit-making, betraying the essence of the startup co-founded by him.
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Three men charged in NSW over SMS phishing scam operation

29 February 2024
NSW Police have arrested three men in connection with an SMS phishing scam operation.
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X admits to taking down posts and accounts involving India farmers' protest

29 February 2024
X clarified that the removal was limited to India in compliance with the orders but emphasised its support for freedom of expression. The platform revealed it has legally challenged the government's actions.
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Apple warns Australian tech proposal risks privacy, surveillance

29 February 2024
Regulator aims to detect and remove harmful material but faces criticism for potential impact on encryption. Apple emphasises global consequences of mandatory scanning measures.
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Lieutenant General Michelle McGuinness appointed as Australia's National Cyber Security Coordinator by the Department of Home Affairs

29 February 2024
In her last role, McGuinness was the deputy director for Commonwealth integration (DDCI) at the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), where she was responsible for advising the US Defence Intelligence Agency’s director on strengthening collaboration and information-sharing between the Five Eyes nations.
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Do user counts equate to unique individuals?

29 February 2024
Digital technologies can foster or hinder social connection based on common issues and tensions.
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Air Canada BOT Defense-Blame not Fooling the Tribunal

22 February 2024
The airline tried to distance itself from the error by claiming the chatbot was responsible for its actions.
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Activision Blizzard Faces Lawsuit Over Alleged Monopolisation of Call of Duty Competitions

22 February 2024
Activision, known for its popular first-person-shooter game Call of Duty, has been accused of imposing "draconian" contract provisions on teams and players, leading to the exclusion of those who did not comply with their demands.
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Maltese Authorities Arrest Man in Global Cybercrime Crackdown Targeting Australians

22 February 2024
AFP along with international agencies like the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and Europol, collaborated to make the arrest.
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Unpaid bill shuts down parliament expense system in January

22 February 2024
An invoice for 2FA service was missed by the Department of Finance.
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Nvidia CEO Huang Relying on Others to Develop AI Infrastructure is not an Option

15 February 2024
Huang urged countries to activate their industries and prioritise the speedy development of AI infrastructure.
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NT Residents Warned of Crypto Investment Scams as Victim Loses $5m

15 February 2024
AFP have flagged the rise of large-scale human trafficking facilitated by fake job ads and online scam centers. These trafficked individuals are then exploited to carry out online fraud, including investment scams.
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Investigation Finds Public Servants Violated Code of Conduct in Robodebt Scheme

15 February 2024
Multiple individuals recommended for civil and criminal prosecution.
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Former CIA officer sentenced to 40 years for leaking classified hacking tools to Wikileaks

08 February 2024
Prosecutors argued that in 2016, stolen information was shared with Wikileaks.
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Europe Moves Closer to Landmark AI Rules as EU Countries Approve Proposal

08 February 2024
Proposed by the European Commission three years ago, these rules aim to establish a global standard for AI technology across a wide range of industries, from banking and retail to transportation and security. They also outline parameters for AI use in military and crime-related applications.
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Autistic 13-year-old boy encouraged by counter-terrorism police in his fixation on Islamic State

08 February 2024
An NDIS recipient with an IQ of 71, was reported to police by his parents because of his fixation with Islamic State.
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AI Deepfakes of Taylor Swift go Viral

08 February 2024
Popstar Taylor Swift, has fallen victim to explicit AI-generated images circulating on social media platforms.
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Google Unveils Groundbreaking AI Upgrade for Android, Raises Privacy Concerns

01 February 2024
The competition between Google, Apple, and Facebook just got more intense. Android users, brace yourselves for an incredible AI upgrade from Google that could revolutionise your smartphone experience.
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U.S. FTC Orders Major Tech Companies to Provide Information on AI Investments

01 February 2024
FTC Chair Lina M. Khan emphasised the importance of safeguarding competition: "Our study will investigate whether dominant companies' investments and partnerships risk obstructing innovation and fair competition, even as AI presents new opportunities."
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Federal Government Sanctions Russian Citizen for Medibank Cyber Attack

01 February 2024
These sanctions are the first of their kind to be used against a cyber threat actor since their enactment in December 2021.
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Italy's Privacy Watchdog Fines Trento City for AI Data Protection Breach

01 February 2024
Artificial Intelligence (AI) in street surveillance projects compromised with inadequate anonymisation and incorrect data sharing.
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644 NDIS Users Left in the Dark about Leaked Medical Records 7 Months After HWL Ebsworth Hack

25 January 2024
Victims claim excessive information was requested without cause.
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EU Blocks Amazon Takeover of iRobot

25 January 2024
Regulators are concerned that if the deal goes through, Amazon could give preferential treatment to the Roomba, making it difficult for other vacuum manufacturers to compete.
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BlackRock's Bitcoin ETF Surpasses $1B in Assets in Just 4 Days

25 January 2024
The U.S. SEC approved multiple ETFs tracking the world's largest cryptocurrency last week, following years of regulatory obstacles.
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Delivery Firm's AI Chatbot Causes Controversy: Swears, Insults, and Mocks Customer

25 January 2024
The incident serves as a reminder of the potential pitfalls and limitations of relying solely on AI for customer service, emphasising the importance of human intervention and oversight.
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Scientists Determine: Majority of Internet Text is Poorly Translated AI Trash

25 January 2024
A new study reveals that a significant portion of online content has been badly translated, mostly by machine, in languages spoken in Africa and the Global South.
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Poor Security Posture leads to US Securities and Exchange Commission Hack

17 January 2024
The incident caused a temporary surge in the price of bitcoin before quickly dropping.
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Voice Actors Express Outrage over AI Deal that Sidelines Them

17 January 2024
Some have argued that the deal contradicts the union's previous efforts to protect voice actors from AI use.
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Microsoft overtook Apple as the world's most valuable stock in the world

17 January 2024
Microsoft Corp’s stock has been rallying in recent months thanks to its AI announcements.
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AI Models can Strategically Deceive their Users when Put Under Pressure

17 January 2024
The researchers defined strategic deception as "attempting to systematically cause a false belief in another entity in order to accomplish some outcome."
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Google Continues to Cut Hundreds of Jobs while Earning Billions

17 January 2024
Alphabet Workers Union opposes these cuts, criticising the tech giant for profiting while firing employees.
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St Vincent’s Health Australia not Clear WHAT Data was Stolen

11 January 2024
It will take time to fully assess the extent of the breach and if any sensitive information has been stolen, St Vincent’s Health Australia promises to notify and support those affected.
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Long-running Class Action Lawsuit Bites Apple

11 January 2024
Apple has started paying $ 92 per iPhone user over allegations that it deliberately slowed down iPhones
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Tesla Issues Its Largest Ever Recall in China

11 January 2024
The majority of cars sold in China are affected
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Court Services Victoria Stares Down Ransom Demand

11 January 2024
The breached technology captures court hearings, including those involving sensitive witnesses, and provides transcriptions for cases that may not be open to media coverage.
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New York Times sues Microsoft and OpenAI

04 January 2024
The New York Times claims that ChatGPT used millions of its articles without permission to improve its language model, resulting in competition between ChatGPT and the newspaper as a trusted source of information.
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Google Settles $5B Privacy Lawsuit: Allegations of Secretly Tracking Internet Use

04 January 2024
The plaintiffs alleged that Google's analytics, cookies, and apps allowed the company to track their online activities, even when using Google's Chrome browser in "Incognito" mode or other browsers in "private" browsing mode.
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DragonForce claims cyber attack on Yakult Australia

04 January 2024
While the company's IT systems in Australia as well as New Zealand were hit, the offices in both regions remain open and operational.
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Governments spying on Apple and Google users via push notifications

21 December 2023
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden warns the Justice Department.
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Mind-reading AI

21 December 2023
Portable, non-invasive, mind-reading AI turns thoughts into text.
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Fortnite creator triumphs in US court battle against Google, jury declares illegal monopoly

21 December 2023
Ruling challenges Google's transaction fees and app distribution practices.
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Activision Blizzard Settles $50M Lawsuit Alleging Discrimination Against Women

21 December 2023
The lawsuit alleged that the company engaged in discriminatory practices against women employees, including denying them advancement opportunities and paying them less than their male counterparts.
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Proton Mail at odds with Australian Online Safety Regulator

21 December 2023
CEO of Proton, Andy Yen, has stated that the proposed standards would infringe upon users' privacy by forcing online services to access and read private conversations.
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New Laws Proposed to Regulate Tech Giants and Protect Consumer Rights

14 December 2023
The committee expressed concerns over the market dominance of these powerful companies and their anti-competitive practices.
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Google Launches Gemini - Outperforming ChatGPT

14 December 2023
Alphabet reveals three versions of Gemini, optimised for varying processing power, from data centres to mobile devices.
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New Mexico Sues Meta and CEO Mark Zuckerberg for Allowing Child Predators on Facebook and Instagram

14 December 2023
According to the lawsuit, Meta actively directed children to explicit content and enabled adults to exploit minors for pornography. They are also accused of creating unregulated user groups dedicated to child exploitation.
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UK's Top Websites Face Fines Over Cookie Transparency

14 December 2023
The Information Commissioner's Office has stressed the importance of making it easy to "reject all" advertising cookies, as it is to "accept all." Cookie regulations are currently governed by the GDPR and PECR.
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Australia to Deploy Cyber Experts to Pacific Islands

30 November 2023
The government has allocated $26 million for the setup of "rapid assistance" teams that will respond to cyber crises in the Pacific.
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Facebook and YouTube warned by India to enforce rules to deter deepfake technology

30 November 2023
The warning was delivered by deputy IT minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar in a closed-door meeting, where he emphasised the need for companies to update their usage terms and comply with regulations introduced in 2022.
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Apple to Adopt Messaging Standard for Better Communication with Android Devices

23 November 2023
Google praises Apple's move and pledges to work together.
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FBI Alerts Organisations to Guard Against Scattered Spider Hackers

23 November 2023
These skilled hackers use fake profiles and impersonations to trick victims.
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Google sends 36% of advertising revenue from Apple's Safari web browser to Apple

23 November 2023
The trial, which began in September, has been largely shielded from public view. Google has paid over $26bn to various companies, including Apple, to secure its position as the default search engine.
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Telco boards must adhere to cyber risk management programs or risk penalties

23 November 2023
The updated regulations aim to strengthen critical systems against cyberattacks and grant the government the authority to intervene and provide guidance during incidents.
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Baby DNA stored for DECADES in U.S. government labs

16 November 2023
New Jersey police were found to obtain samples for a case without a warrant.
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Booths becomes first UK supermarket to eliminate self-service checkouts

16 November 2023
Following customer feedback, the supermarket chain has brought back fully-staffed checkouts in all but two of its 28 stores.
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Australia’s biggest ports operator back online after Cyber incident

16 November 2023
DP World Australia, one of the country's largest port operators, has resumed operations at all its facilities after a cyber security incident.
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Optus Outage caused by bad routing data

16 November 2023
Optus outage disrupted 10 million customers, shut down Melbourne’s trains, and stopped some people making calls to emergency services.
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Tragic Accident: Industrial Robot Mistakenly Crushes Worker in South Korea

16 November 2023
Machine apparently identified man inspecting it as one of the boxes it was stacking.
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Kmart fined $1.3 million for sending 200,000 marketing emails to people who unsubscribed

09 November 2023
ACMA chair says no excuse for disregarding privacy. All e-marketing businesses should comply with rules.
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Senate Committee Warns AI's Impact on Integrity, KPMG Files Complaint

09 November 2023
An AI tool, Google Bard, was responsible for generating false allegations of serious wrongdoing in a submission by a group of academics.
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Guardian accuses Microsoft of reputation damage with AI-generated poll

09 November 2023
The poll was taken down after readers expressed anger.
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UK's Online Safety Bill Becomes Law, Prompting Concerns over Privacy and Messaging Services Threatening to Withdraw

02 November 2023
Critics have expressed worries about potential privacy issues. Messaging services like WhatsApp have even threatened to withdraw from the UK due to the implications of the act.
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US States Take Legal Action Against Instagram and Meta for Harming Youth Mental Health

02 November 2023
The lawsuit accuses Meta of deceiving the public about the dangers of its platforms and intentionally luring young people into addictive social media use.
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New Subsea Cable System in South Pacific to Provide More Connectivity Between Australia and the United States

02 November 2023
Google and Vocus will establish three diverse Australian landings along with dual cable paths to the US, substantially improving the resilience of Australia’s critical connections to the world…
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Google Defends Important Dominance in US Trial Default Search Engine

02 November 2023
U.S. antitrust fight focused on billions of dollars Google paid to maintain search engine dominance.
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U.S. President Biden Signs Executive Order to Create A.I. Safeguards

02 November 2023
The President aims to assert the United States' leadership in AI regulation.
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Cybersecurity sleuth hacks CIA's Twitter account to steer spies in a different direction

26 October 2023
The vulnerability could have allowed foreign countries to intercept Western intelligence.
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