Liam Tung

CSO Journalist

Liam Tung is a seasoned CSOonline.com tech reporter who's been covering cybersecurity, privacy, business, and legal issues that shape the tech industry in the US, Europe and Australia. Over the past decade, his work has frequently been distributed on influential tech news aggregator sites including Techmeme, Reddit, and Hacker News, the news-sharing site run by Silicon Valley accelerator, Y Combinator. Liam has worked with IDG Australia's CSOonline.com since 2011 and today remains one of its key contributors, offering news and insights into the latest ransomware threats from cybercriminals and government surveillance, as well as new initiatives from government cybersecurity agencies and global tech giants, including Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Oracle and the many companies and organizations that specialize in cybersecurity. He's always on the lookout for the latest information about vulnerabilities and cyberattacks that could compromise the integrity of your data.

Australia’s Toll shuts down IT systems to contain cyber attack

Australia’s Toll shuts down IT systems to contain cyber attack

Australian logistics and delivery giant Toll Group has shut down some IT systems in response to cyber security attack. 

ASD: Here's how you harden Windows 7 machines after Microsoft's cut-off

ASD: Here's how you harden Windows 7 machines after Microsoft's cut-off

The Australian Signals Directorate’s Australian Cybersecurity Security Centre (ACSC) has published a new paper explaining why and how admins can harden Windows 7 PCs against cyber attacks.

Aussie police usage of new anti-encryption laws is on the rise

Aussie police usage of new anti-encryption laws is on the rise

Australian law enforcement didn't widely use new powers under the late-2018 Assistance and Access Act in the first half of 2019, but usage more than doubled in the second half of 2019.

New Zealand: over a third of cyber attacks come from state-sponsored hackers

New Zealand: over a third of cyber attacks come from state-sponsored hackers

New Zealand releases its annual Cyber Threat Report detailing its work to combat state-backed hackers.

Australia releases advice to counter ‘foreign interference’ after university cyber attacks

New guidance stresses the importance of access controls for staff who may be exposed to foreign interference.

ASD to SMBs: here's a plain English guide to self defense

ASD to SMBs: here's a plain English guide to self defense

Phishing emails are ones from individuals or organisations you ‘think’ you know.

ASD tells Australia how to adopt DMARC to fight email spoofing attacks

ASD explains how and why organizations should implement DMARC.

ASD warns Australia under a “high volume” of password spray attacks

Webmail, remote desktop access, Active Directory, Officer 365 in the firing line.

Singapore Government tries a second, expanded bug bounty

Singapore Government announces an expanded bug bounty for nine key websites.

Telstra survey: Half of Australian firms pay to unlock ransomware

It's common for businesses to pay ransomware attackers and may would do it again.

Australian Signals Directorate will keep security bugs if it’s in national interest

The Australian Signals Directorate reveals its decision-making process for disclosing or retaining security bugs it finds.

Signal: we can't comply with Aussie encryption law even if we wanted to

But the Australian government could follow Brazil's lead by blocking WhatsApp, which uses Signal's encryption protocol.

Five-eye CERTs issue joint alert on RATs, trojans and botnets

Here are the tools that nation-state hackers and cybercriminals are using to hack your employer.

ACCC: 2018 'remote access' scam losses already double 2017’s total

'Just hang up' if they get an unexpected help call from someone claiming to be from Telstra, a government agency or any other familiar organisation.

Australia joins NATO cyber defence group, opens “pop-up” embassy in Estonia

Australia joins the NATO-nation backed cyber defense group.

After Australia’s 50k PII cloud leak, AWS launches leaky S3 buckets labels and warnings

AWS's S3 Console now contains "public" labels that aim to make it harder to miss that an S3 bucket has been made publicly available.

Fake Telstra and EnergyAustralia email bills spread banking trojans

Don't click "View my bill" if you receive these emails from Telstra or EnergyAustralia.

ACIC: Business email fraud victim numbers rise in Australia

More Australian organizations are falling prey to email fraudsters.

Australia asks Five-Eyes partners to ‘tackle encryption' with tech firms

Australia will push Five-Eyes partners to create laws that make it easier for local intelligence agencies to gain cooperation from US tech firms.

Australia’s DSD has new top tips to stop ransomware and CEO spoofing

Australia's Defence Signals Directorate has update its mitigation strategies to protect organisations against both targeted attackers, fraudsters and cybercrimrinals.

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