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SenseICT has been advised of the following by the Australian Cyber Security Center via Stay Smart Online.

 

What’s happened?

The Australian Government is aware of, and responding to, a sustained targeting of Australian governments and companies by a sophisticated state-based actor.

A range of tactics, techniques and procedures are being used to target multiple Australian networks. It’s important that Australian companies are alert to this threat and take steps to enhance the resilience of their networks. Cyber security is everyone’s responsibility.

Late last year DigiCert completed their acquisition of the Symantec Group, including its subsidiaries GeoTrust, Thawte, and RapidSSL.

This was completed after security concerns were raised about the administration of the Certificate Authority run by Symantec, which resulted in threats from Google to remove them from the validated certificates list in their Chrome browser.

As a result of these changes, and DigiCert requires the migration of all previously issued Symantec Group certificates over to its own DigiCert CA Root.