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Australia A licence to start again

01:20  28 september  2022
01:20  28 september  2022 Source:   crikey.com.au

Optus customers slam telco for failing to protect data in major breach as hackers demand ransom

  Optus customers slam telco for failing to protect data in major breach as hackers demand ransom The hacker who claims to have stolen the personal details of millions of Optus customers has demanded $1.5 million in ransom money as outraged Aussies slam the telco for failing to protect their data. The hacker has warned personal addresses, dates of birth, phone numbers, drivers' licences, and passport details of millions will be leaked if Optus doesn't pay $US1million (AU$1.53million) in cryptocurrency Monero.They claim to have access to the details of 11.2 million Optus customers in a major breach that tech experts at this stage believe is legitimate.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Penny Wong (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas) © Provided by Crikey Minister for Foreign Affairs Penny Wong (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

HACKING AND GAGGING

The NSW, Queensland and Victorian governments will offer the victims of the Optus hack cheap or free licence replacements, The Australian ($) reports, and Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong said the federal government was looking at waiving the passport fee. Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus said an international investigation into the hack has been launched, including looping in the FBI — it might’ve been enough to scare the perpetrator because a heartfelt apology was posted to an online forum afterwards, as Crikey reports, where they said they’d deleted the data and didn’t want the $1 million ransom money any more. The Betoota Advocate wryly noted the hacker probably doesn’t live in Sydney, considering the “modest” ransom figure — the executive at Optus probably “spends that on lunch each year”, the satirical paper mused.

Drivers unable to change licence numbers after Optus hack due to ‘reactive’ policy

  Drivers unable to change licence numbers after Optus hack due to ‘reactive’ policy Victorians caught in the Optus hack have been unable to change their driver’s licence number because of a VicRoads policy that requires evidence that a fraud has happened, not that it could.Drivers attempting to change their licence number online have been told by VicRoads that if an organisation such as Optus informs them of a breach that “may have exposed [their] licence details, but no fraud has taken place, VicRoads will NOT be able to change a driver licence number”.

Optus chief executive Kelly Bayer Rosmarin is refusing to resign over the hack, but it’s hard to see how she’d survive it (then again, Alan Joyce is still CEO of Qantas) particularly after it was revealed Medicare numbers were also exposed, as the SMH reports, and after Optus resisted several federal government efforts to tighten ­cybersecurity, the Oz ($) adds. Last year the embattled telco told the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security that new cybersecurity laws would add “commercial stresses”. Boy, that didn’t age well. So what now? Optus has cyber insurance and will be able to cover the cost of the hack, AFR reports. A class action from customers will probably come next, the ABC reports, where a law firm will act on behalf of all victims to secure compensation.

Optus data leak victims face long queues to change drivers licence numbers at Service SA locations

  Optus data leak victims face long queues to change drivers licence numbers at Service SA locations Queues are growing at South Australia licensing locations as victims of the Optus data breach scramble to protect their personal information.The South Australia government yesterday announced it would be waiving the fee for people who needed to replace their drivers licences as part of the data leak, which exposed a large number of customers' personal details, including their licence and passport numbers.

RACE TO THE BOTTOM

It’s like I’m back in the schoolyard again getting racist taunts from my peers hurled at me, Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong told the Senate when speaking about Pauline Hanson telling the Greens’ Mehreen Faruqi to “piss off back to Pakistan”. Wong spoke of the “countless” times she’d received similar comments, The Age reports, describing it as “triggering” and condemning Hanson’s comments without reservation. In Hanson’s speech on the motion, she doubled down and even volunteered to take Faruqi to the airport. Greens Senator Jordon Steele-John responded loudly that Hanson was an “absolute scumbag”, Guardian Australia reports. Censuring Hanson was the “bare minimum” Parliament should do, Wong continued. She didn’t get censured in the end anyway — an amended motion called for people to be respectful and not divisive. That oughta do it!

In Victoria now and top Hawks have been accused of running the football department like a “Russian mafia”, according to Hawthorn’s review of the treatment of Indigenous players. “Two pregnant partners of players lost their unborn children during the ‘traumatic events’, the explosive Hawthorn-commissioned report also noted,” the Herald Sun ($) reports. You can read the allegations of former players and their partners here ($), but just a warning that it is very grim reading. The report also found “bullying and intimidation” as serious as to “amount to human rights abuses”. Former coaches Alastair Clarkson and Chris Fagan both deny any allegations of wrongdoing.

Virgin Mobile and Gomo customers' information leaked in Optus data hack

  Virgin Mobile and Gomo customers' information leaked in Optus data hack Customers of two more major Australian telcos had their personal information leaked in Australia's biggest cyberattack on Optus.Current and former Virgin Mobile and Gomo customers' personal information was leaked last week alongside 10million Optus customers in Australia biggest ever cyber attack.

GET TANKED

Fill up your tank today because petrol is about to surge in price. The fuel excise reduction ends today, adding at least 22.1c a litre to petrol. It comes as more than 200 of the nation’s largest industrial emitters have asked the federal government to let them buy international offsets, the ABC reports. The oil and gas sector has to reduce its emissions by 3.5% to 6% a year from July 2023, but says it would be better if it could simply buy credits offshore. What could possibly go wrong? Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen has already said it would be allowed only if the government believed “100%” in the integrity of the emissions reductions. Hmm. And three major gas producers are refusing to sign Resources Minister Madeleine King’s heads of agreement, AFR reports, that would cover an impending shortfall of energy next year. Santos’s GLNG, the ConocoPhillips-led APLNG, and Shell’s QGC business say the agreement is “unworkable”.

Meanwhile, the planet continues to warm and the wild weather continues to roll in. Queenslanders should brace for more wet weather today, as a senior meteorologist warned that isolated severe thunderstorms may lead to flash flooding, The Courier-Mail ($) reports. Thousands lost power yesterday when severe thunderstorms pummelled Queensland’s south with large hailstones, strong winds and heavy rain. Indeed there’s a huge rain bomb expected to hit “virtually all” of Australia over the next 10 days, 7News reports via Weatherzone. WA should expect “significant unseasonable rainfall”, which is just another way of saying: none of this is normal.

Impacted by the Optus data breach? Here's how to replace your passport, drivers licence and Medicare card

  Impacted by the Optus data breach? Here's how to replace your passport, drivers licence and Medicare card Western Australian police are urging people in the northern Perth suburb of Gnangara to be vigilant after a 34-year-old man was found dead in the area.

ON A LIGHTER NOTE

Tasmanian farmhand Michael Edgerton was browsing online when a post caught his eye — a property had been sold a ways away; could anyone help with relocating some animals? Edgerton jumped on the road and travelled 40 kilometres to Glendevie, where he greeted the new property owner and helped a couple of goats find their forever homes. Job done, Edgerton figured, dusting his hands off. But the owner mentioned there was one other animal, a horse, way out the back, as ABC tells it. The Clydesdale, Edgerton saw, was across a creek and on a steep part of a hill, and when he approached she was a sorry sight: Hazel’s ribs were showing and she was lice-infested. Edgerton gave Hazel a gentle pat and quietly vowed he’d save her. Edgerton checked with the RSPCA and got permission to move Hazel. He figured she could live on a farm property he worked on, quite close to Huonville. But when the day came to help Hazel into the float, she was too frightened.

He tried another time with the help of two local cops, but Hazel just couldn’t bring herself to walk in. Edgerton returned each day for a week, feeding her and thinking hard about what to do. One night, it came to him. He loaded a pack with water and food for himself and Hazel. “And we walked,” he says. They set off at 5:30pm, walking down the highway and onwards towards the farm (some 40km away) in the still night. They had lots of stops so Hazel could catch her breath and eat a little. Edgerton says he was touched by locals pulling over and asking if they were alright. It did look a bit weird, he admitted — a man and a horse walking at night. They ate breakfast in Franklin as the sun rose, and at 8am they walked into the farm, some 14 hours after they had begun their journey. Now Hazel is at a healthy weight again and even got a complimentary nail (hoof) treatment from a local.

Man placed under guardianship order after wife's death says his rights were 'completely taken away'

  Man placed under guardianship order after wife's death says his rights were 'completely taken away' A Tasmanian man who was placed under a guardianship order, moved into a secure dementia unit and had his drivers licence cancelled just weeks after his wife's death says his rights were "completely taken away".Tasmania's guardianship laws prevent the man from being identified, but we have called him Beau.

Wishing you the patience and care of Michael Edgerton this morning.

SAY WHAT?

I will not, NOT retract what I have told Senator Faruqi or any other Australian that’s come here for a new way of life to disrespect what is Australian to me. And she can … go where I have said. I make the offer as well, to take her to the airport.

Pauline Hanson

The One Nation senator refused to apologise for her comments which received condemnation from the senate, including the Greens’ Mehreen Faruqi who said “it never gets easier to deal with racist attacks”, and that it is “insulting and humiliating”.

CRIKEY RECAP

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Alleged Optus hacker deletes extortion threat and apologises after releasing more personal data

“Crikey has not been able to independently verify the data with any of the individuals purported to be in this data set. Over the weekend, Optus said it would not confirm or deny whether the data in the sample is real. Security researcher Jeremy Kirk noticed that the released data contained what appeared to be Medicare numbers. Email addresses included suggest that a number of government employees, including members of the Department of Defence, are included in the breach.

“Optus said the company has contacted individuals whose details were compromised because of the cyber attack. Yesterday it said it would pay for a year of credit monitoring and identity protection for all current and former customers included in the breach.”

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Thank God, Equifax is here to help Optus data victims. Wait, where have I heard that name before?

“Of course, it’s the right thing that Optus are being more hands-on than it previously has been regarding the breach, and we’re sure Equifax has done some serious work on its security in the intervening five years — if for no other reason than to avoid another fine of more than half a billion dollars.

Beauty shop bandit steals handbag at Lips to Lashes shop in Sydney

  Beauty shop bandit steals handbag at Lips to Lashes shop in Sydney The woman was captured on CCTV tip-toeing into Lips to Lashes Beauty in Padstow, southwest Sydney, and sneaking up to the reception desk. She is seen taking a mentos from a jar on top before reaching around the counter and making off with the designer bag belonging to owner, Gurmeet Kaur.

“But it points to a problem with most solutions offered after a massive data breach. Like the proposal floated by Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil that companies provide banks with details of stolen data after a breach — they always seem to involve handing one’s data to yet another company which could in turn be compromised.”

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Sisterhood curiously silent on election of far-right nationalist girlboss even though she’s (get this) a woman

“Yeah, if you don’t support Meloni, it can only be because she fails your woke tests by being the leader of… Italy’s first far-right government since it fought on the wrong side of World War II. Yep, just because her party, the Brothers of Italy, morphed out of the remnants of a Nazi puppet government, use the same logo as the defunct neo-fascist group Italian Social Movement, campaigned under the Mussolini-era slogan ‘God, homeland, family’, and whose leader before Meloni once said ‘We are all heirs of Il Duce‘, the so-called tolerant left is acting like her win might be a bad thing.

“The fact that she campaigns against the ‘LGBT lobby’ apparently out to destroy the family unit, and does a lot of suggestive talk about George Soros apparently financing ‘mass immigration’ and a plan for ‘ethnic substitution’, is all it takes for the sisterhood to abandon one of their own, conveniently ignoring the fact that she has said she’s not a fascist.”

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The most sinister declassified CIA operations

  The most sinister declassified CIA operations The Central Intelligence Agency, better known simply as the CIA, has inspired fear, suspicion, and curiosity ever since its official formation in 1947. Before it was called the CIA, it was known as the Office of Strategic Services, and was responsible for some of the most covert operations during and after World War II. As the CIA, the organization has become notorious for an apparent disregard of federal and international law, and is suspected to handle some projects that even the president of the United States is unaware of. From toppling governments and staging false flag operations, to introducing one of the world's most addictive drugs to the US, the covert operations of the CIA that have come to light are, if nothing else, fascinating to read about. Intrigued? Read on to learn more about some of the CIA's declassified deeds.

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THE COMMENTARIAT

The election of Italy’s fascist-adjacent Giorgia Meloni is a public reminder that women can be just as awful as menVan Badham (Guardian Australia): “It’s become a familiar bait and switch to insist that the left’s ideological commitment to representative diversity — and feminism, in particular — is a hypocritical shibboleth. Feminists failing to fall in politically behind Meloni, Truss, Marine Le Pen, Marjorie Taylor Greene or Pauline Hanson — all of whom strike patriarchal bargains aligning themselves to male power — is somehow a greater betrayal of all women than any policy decisions they themselves may make.

“This dog-whistles to the old right-wing merit myth, in which the systemic and traditional overpromotion of white men from cashed-up backgrounds is made to look natural and deserved because proportionately under-representative handfuls of women or people of colour occasionally make it through. Note: Truss may be prime minister, but a shocking 75% of her Conservative Party colleagues in the UK Parliament are men. What the right aren’t ever bothered to understand about feminism is that the campaign for gender equality isn’t about supremacy, or replacement, or any of the paranoias that provoke misogynists to sweat into their keyboards late at night whenever a woman has an opinion on the internet.”

A global recession looks increasingly likely — but here’s how Australia could escape itPeter Martin (The Conversation): “Australia avoided recession during the 1997 Asian financial crisis, we escaped the 2001 US ‘tech-wreck’, and we avoided the ‘great recession’ during the global financial crisis. In part, this has been due to excellent judgment. Our Reserve Bank was able to take clear-eyed decisions about when to follow the US on rates and when not to. At times it was helped by high commodity prices, which are high again following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and which are supporting our currency, even though we are increasing rates less aggressively than the United States.

“At the right moment, Australia’s Reserve Bank would be wise to decouple from the US. If the Fed pushes up rates to the point where it is about to bring on a US recession, Australia would be well advised to stand back and not lift rates, letting the collapse of the US economy bring down inflation by itself. If Australia’s Reserve Bank thinks that moment is approaching, it should consider shrinking the size of its rate rises (the last four have been 0.5 percentage points). Its next meeting is next Tuesday. Because of its importance, the Bureau of Statistics is bringing forward the publication of its new monthly measure of inflation to this Thursday, publishing the results for both July and August at once.”

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  • Reason Party MP Fiona Patten, human rights advocate Nyadol Nyoun and the Victorian Pride Lobby’s Liam Elphick will discuss laws against hate speech in Victoria in a webinar.

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  • Minister for Indigenous Australians Linda Burney and the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium’s Elmer Guy will give keynote addresses at the World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Education at Adelaide Convention Centre.

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  • Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will give a “State of the state” address at an event held by CEDA at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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  • South Australian Liberal Party Senator Alex Antic will host a discussion with British politician Nigel Farage at Parliament House.

  • Australian Council of Trade Unions secretary Sally McManus will speak to the National Press Club.

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The most sinister declassified CIA operations .
The Central Intelligence Agency, better known simply as the CIA, has inspired fear, suspicion, and curiosity ever since its official formation in 1947. Before it was called the CIA, it was known as the Office of Strategic Services, and was responsible for some of the most covert operations during and after World War II. As the CIA, the organization has become notorious for an apparent disregard of federal and international law, and is suspected to handle some projects that even the president of the United States is unaware of. From toppling governments and staging false flag operations, to introducing one of the world's most addictive drugs to the US, the covert operations of the CIA that have come to light are, if nothing else, fascinating to read about. Intrigued? Read on to learn more about some of the CIA's declassified deeds.

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