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Poor security habits leave credit card holders exposed to fraud – 4 February 2020

Research shows that for the year to June 30, 2019, “card not present” (CNP) activity accounts for 86.3 per cent of all fraud on cards. CNP fraud occurs when valid card details are stolen and used to make purchases or other payments without the card, typically online. Good article explaining how to avoid CNP fraud.

Fake coronavirus warning emails could infect your computer – 3 February 2020

Victims are sent an email warning coronavirus has been discovered in their local area, with a file attached regarding infection prevention measures.  The file contains a dangerous type of malware campaign capable of stealing banking logins, financial data, and even emptying cryptocurrency wallets.

4 global fraud payment trends to expect in 2020 – 30 January 2020

Article discusses how Social engineering, identity fraud, behavioral biometrics and machine learning are the top concerns for businesses in 2020.

Your right to know under threat: Police accessed metadata of journalists 20 times in one year and secretly obtained private information from six to find their sources – 29 January 2020

Federal telecommunications access laws enable Australian Federal Police officers to access both an individual reporter’s and their employer’s data. This is when a journalist information warrant has been granted. AFP raids over the last year, prompted the ‘Australia’s Right To Know’ campaign, resulting in a need for freedom of information reforms, whistleblower protections and public interest exemptions, from national security laws.

OAIC investigates ‘dangerous’ face recognition app – 28 January 2020

The Australian Privacy Commissioner has launched an inquiry into “Clearview AI”, a facial recognition app.  It claims that by using a photo of a suspect the App could find other images and information about them across the internet. The app has led to serious concerns over privacy and the invasive and unreliable nature of facial recognition technology.

Privacy fears as London police to begin using facial recognition technology – 25 January 2020

London already has one of the highest concentrations of CCTV cameras in the world and now new ‘facial recognition’ cameras will scan the faces of people passing through small targeted areas. Rights groups say it threatens civil liberties and represents an expansion of surveillance.

The importance of whistleblowers in the war on white-collar crime – 15 January 2020

Professor and researcher Rahat Munir, head of the Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance at Macquarie University’s Business School, discusses the many ways in which organisations can fall victim to fraud and discusses why employees who witness wrongdoing, fear being stigmatised at work, if they blow the whistle.

Corporate Governance: The Unfiltered Truth – 13 January 2020

Having ‘Good corporate Governance’ is now considered vital to business success and return. To effectively deliver on corporate governance, organisational leadership needs the ability to reliably access, interpret and act on information. Increasingly, this requires integrating non-financial data to allow board members a more holistic view of the firm’s overall strategy, risks and performance.

Police charge woman with 106 new offences in fraud investigation at Lake Illawarra – 13 January 2020

Police allege a woman on Illawarra used the identification of multiple people across the state to obtain personal loans, fuel cards and mobile devices without their permission, as well as forge medical certificates to avoid performing unpaid community service work. She has been arrested.

Proposed cash ban is not about controlling your money, says Reserve Bank – 13 January 2020

The Reserve Bank has said the motive for the Federal Government’s $10,000 cash limit bill is to fight the black economy, by stamping out tax evasion, money laundering and other crimes. A Senate inquiry into the proposed law has received thousands of submissions, with many concerned it gives the banks and authorities too much control and could mean ordinary workers being inadvertently  prosecuted.

WA uni drops part of lawsuit against academic ‘whistleblower’, after cutting ties with agency he exposed – 13 January 2020

Murdoch University has dropped a major section of its lawsuit against Professor (Gerd Schroder-Turk) who blew the whistle over questionable international student intake practices. The professor claimed international students recruited via an Indian-owned agency were being set up for failure. The University has seen backlash from the tertiary community over the impact the legal action could have on academic freedom of speech.

Lamborghini-driving drug accused fights AFP for return of assets – 12 January 2020

Mr Karagiozis, founded Australian cryptocurrency Auscoin and opened up many Bitcoin ATMs and souvlaki stores across the country. Officers from the AFP allege that Mr Karagiozis and his criminal syndicate used the dark web and Bitcoin accounts for the sourcing, payment and distribution of 30kgs of drugs as part of a multimillion-dollar importation operation.