Internet Security Guide

FOUR CORNERS on the ABC ran a very interesting story about cyber crime, internet security and how to protect yourself from malware.

The AusCERT Home Computer Users Security Survey 2008 | AusCERT
Household survey assesses the security of Australian-based home Internet users.

Choosing Good Passwords | AusCERT
AusCERT's guide to choosing safe passwords.

Denial-of-service (DoS) Attacks: can they be stopped? | SearchSecurity
Is it possible to prevent denial-of-service (DoS) attacks from affecting an enterprise network?

E-Crime | Queensland Police Service
E-Crime is a general term used to classify the investigation of criminal offences, where computers or other electronic devices have been utilised in
some manner to facilitate the commission of an offence. This site includes forms to report online auction site fraud, and advanced fee fraud, etc.

The Economics of Botnets |
In the past ten years, botnets have evolved from small networks of a dozen PCs controlled from a single C and C (command and control center) into
sophisticated distributed systems comprising millions of computers with decentralized control. Why are these enormous zombie networks created? The
answer can be given in a single word: money.

FAQ: The ins and outs of DoS attacks | CNET
What's a denial-of-service attack? How does an innocent PC become a bot? An FAQ about DoS attacks and how to prevent them from happening to you.

Protecting your computer from malicious code | AusCERT
A guide on how to protect your computer.

Report a computer security incident | AusCERT
AusCERT has a method for reporting larger scale network attacks.

SophosLabs Blog | Sophos
Viruses, worms, spam, vulnerabilities.. Sophos experts discuss the latest security threats and attacks.

Ten tips to protect your financial identity | FIDO
What should you do if you have your identity stolen?

Virus Glossary|
From DDoS attacks to Trojans, read this dictionary of cyber crime.

What to Do If Your Computer Is Infected |
Sometimes even an experienced user will not realise that a computer is infected with a virus. This is because viruses can hide among regular files,
or camoflage themselves as standard files. This section contains a detailed discussion of the symptoms of virus infection, how to recover data after a
virus attack and how to prevent data from being corrupted by malware.


Top 100 virus-infected websites exposed | SMH | 20 August 2009
The 100 websites most affected by viruses each have about 18,000 nasties to attack net users' computers, an internet security company says.

Hackers break into police computer as sting backfires
An Australian Federal Police boast, on the ABC's Four Corners program last night, about officers breaking up an underground hacker forum, has backfired
after hackers broke into a federal police computer system.

Cyber crooks riding social-networking wave: report
A new hacking incident report warns there has been a steep rise in attacks at social-networking hotspots including wildly popular microblogging service

Internet security: Fear in the fast lane | ABC News | 17 August 2009
One of Australia's leading figures in online law enforcement says the internet offers so many opportunities for crime that he expects "at some
stage there will be real debate on the benefit of the internet". By Oscar McLaren for Four Corners.

Alleged hacker on virus charges | ABC News | 13 August 2009
An Adelaide man will face court next month over charges relating to what police allege is one of Australia's largest computer hacking networks.

Cyber strike targeted pro-Georgian blogger | ABC News | 8 August 2009
An internet security company says a pro-Georgian blogger was the target of cyber attacks that disrupted Twitter and hampered services at Facebook and

The enemy in the net | Background Briefing | 24 May 2009
We know there are criminals using the net, and also that hackers can infiltrate anyone's computer. At the government level it's not only a murky
worry, but has become a battle for who will monitor it all and how we will fight cyberwars. And not everything you hear is true. | download audio

The future of national security | RN Future Tense | 19 March 2009
The Australian government has embarked on a refocusing of its national security priorities and institutions. The move is in line with similar
changes in defence. It's all about being ready for future threats.

Aust vulnerable to cyber crime, police say | ABC News | 18 February 2009
Late last year $US9 million was lost in a global ATM heist after a hacker reportedly infiltrated the server at US payment processor RBS WorldPay.

US security experts fear 'cybergeddon' | ABC News | 7 January 2009
Cyber attacks pose the greatest threat to the United States after nuclear war and weapons of mass destruction, and they are increasingly hard to
prevent, FBI experts say.

Cyber crime on the rise | 7.30 Report | 2 October 2008
Buying goods or services on the internet has become common practice for many Australians, but some cyber consumers have become victims to rogue sellers
who fail to deliver. How common is online fraud and what are Australian authorities doing about it?

AusCERT Australian Computer Emergency Response Team. Advisories and tools.

Cyber Smart
A comprehensive series of sites which take people of all ages through cyber
security-themed games.

Internet Industry Association
Australia's national Internet industry organisation.

The federal government has a site to help you recognise, report and protect yourself from scams. Owned and maintained by the Australian Competition and
Consumer Commission.

Stay Smart Online
Australian Government's web education website.

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