Fake text messages on the rise, but experts warn Australians most losses are from more sophisticated scams

Financial scams have become more sophisticated and easier to perpetrate, ballooning into a billion-dollar industry in Australia, experts have warned. Last year more than 239,000 scams worth $570m were reported to Scamwatch, but the organisation says the real number is much higher, as only about 13% of scams are reported. Investment scams remain the number … Read more

Ransomware gang threatens to publish thousands of Australians’ health data

A ransomware group with suspected links to the notorious has threatened to release the personal information of millions of Medibank customers after the Australian private health insurance giant pledged it would not pay the cybercriminals’ ransom demand. Medibank, Australia’s largest health insurance provider, first a “cyber incident” on October 13, saying at the time that … Read more

‘Millions’ of Australians will be infected with Covid in coming weeks, health minister says

The Australian health minister, Mark Butler, has warned “millions” of people will be infected by Covid in coming weeks, urging Australians to take boosters even as the government winds down other Covid supports. On Wednesday, Anthony Albanese, doubled down on the federal government’s decision not to extend free rapid antigen tests for concession card holders … Read more