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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | Report: Private industry cyber defenses vulnerable to attack Related reading: Blockchain to aid in establishing control over our digital selves

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The Australian government has issued its annual report on cybersecurity, and it notes that private industry is vulnerable to attack, The New York Times reports. The Australian Cyber Security Center Threat Report noted that 734 private-sector systems of "national interest" experienced cyberattacks during the last year, supporting an argument made by privacy experts who say that "private industry has been one of the most glaring vulnerabilities in Australia’s cybersecurity." The report also revealed that a national security contractor experienced a data breach resulting in the loss of a "significant amount of data." Although Dan Tehan, the minister assisting the prime minister on cybersecurity, shared that the department was unable to confirm who was responsible, the report states it is believed the attacker had access to the network for an "extended period of time." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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