Monthly Archives: September 2018

German manufacturers lose $50B to cyber attacks, SMBs at greatest risk

A quarter of German manufacturing companies reported losing sensitive mobile phone data, according to a Bitkom survey.

Two-thirds of German manufacturers have faced cyberattacks, racking up $50 billion in costs, according to a Bitkom survey released on Thursday. Acting as Europe’s largest economy, Germany has recently been a hot bed for cyber criminals.

Bitkom surveyed 503 managers and security chiefs from Germany’s entire manufacturing sector, determining SMBs—the economy’s main backbone—to be the most vulnerable to attacks, Reuters reported in a Thursday press release.

Review of the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Police Powers at Airports) Bill 2018

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) has commenced an inquiry into the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Police Powers at Airports) Bill 2018.  The Bill was introduced into the House of Representatives on 12 September 2018 and referred to the Committee for inquiry and report by the Minister for Home Affairs.

The PJCIS Chair, Mr Andrew Hastie MP, said:

Australian airports are among the safest in the world. However recent events—including the July 2017 aviation terrorist plot targeting international flights departing Sydney—have identified that more can be done to assist law enforcement officers in the protection of our aviation network.

The Bill allows police at certain airports to direct a person to provide evidence of their identity, and empowers officers to direct a person to leave an airport, or not take a flight, for up to 24 hours.